Richmond Revolution Sell Out Home Opener, Win 30-25
RICHMOND, VA: The Richmond Revolution hosted the Chicago Slaughter last night in front of a standing room only crowd of over 3,500 fans for their inaugural season's home opener. The hard-hitting, defensive battle was highlighted by a four touchdown performance from Revolution QB Bryan Randall of Virginia Tech and a Revolution defense that held the Slaughter to only 104 total yards, including only 12 yards in the first quarter.
In a scene reminiscent of their first win last week at Bloomington, the Revolution took possession of the football to begin the game, and scored on their first drive, a 20 yard touchdown pass to WR Damon "Redd" Thompson. The Revolution went for, and scored, on the two point conversion, an acrobatic catch in the back of the end zone by WR Aaron Alexander, to make the score 8-0.
The Slaughter offense was largely ineffective against the Revolution defense through the first quarter of the game, gaining only 12 yards of offense, three through the air. At the beginning of the second quarter Slaughter QB Mike Donato was pulled after completing only one pass, giving way to backup Deonte Morris. The Revolution defense forced three turnovers throughout the game, sacked Chicago four times, and gave up only 41 yards through the air. LB Louis Corum led the defense with 9 tackles, adding in a sack and forced fumble. DE Jason Holman contributed 1.5 sacks to go along with 5 tackles, 2.5 for loss.
On offense, the Revolution were led by another strong performance by Randall, now third in the IFL in touchdown passes with 11, and Thompson, now fourth in the league in receiving yards with 183. Thompson's second touchdown reception of the game with 5:54 remaining clinched the win for the Revolution, who improved to 2-0 in their first season.
The capacity crowd filled the stands at the Arthur Ashe Center early on opening night, growing throughout the game until all available standing room was filled. The pre-game tailgate party was attended by hundreds of fans, many already sporting Revolution jerseys and merchandise. All fans in attendance received a 2010 magnetic schedule courtesy of Sports Radio 910 and The X, while the first 1,000 fans also received a commemorative t-shirt from Cici's Pizza.
The Revolution host the Maryland Maniacs on Saturday March 20th, for their first divisional game of the season, in sole possession of first place in the Atlantic East Division of the United Conference. The first 1,000 fans in the building will receive a complimentary Revolution ball cap.
SportsQuest's Richmond Revolution is a proud member of the Indoor Football League. SportsQuest has broken ground on a 250 acre multi-purpose, multi-sport campus in the Chesterfield area of Virginia. The campus is designed to host athletes of all skill levels, from recreational to Olympic training. Among their plans is the creation of an arena that will house hockey, basketball and indoor football. SportsQuest will be hosting the US Olympic short track speedskating team for their post-Olympic hall of fame banquet on May 1. The expansion IFL franchise will play in 2010 at the Arthur Ashe Athletic Center.
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