Richmond Revolution Win 49-37 In Bloomington
BLOOMINGTON, IL: The Richmond Revolution won their first ever regular season game tonight, in Bloomington, IL against the Bloomington Extreme. The team played in front of an announced crowd of over 5,200 at the US Cellular Coliseum, but didn't let the local fans deter their game plan execution.
After winning the opening coin toss and electing to receive, the Revolution promptly scored on their first offensive play. Former Virginia Tech QB Bryan Randall's first professional play was a 32 yard touchdown laser to former Virginia State University WR Antwun Williams. Randall would go on to throw 2 more touchdowns in the first half, including his final one with just one second left on the clock. The Revolution added a safety, a 1 point "rouge," which the team gained by tackling a kick returner in the end zone, and led 23-21 at half-time.
The second half was the telling difference. The Revolution came out hot, outscoring the Extreme 26-16. Randall, who holds the records for the most career passing yards and total offense yards in Virginia Tech history, completed his first indoor professional football game in impressive style, adding 4 more touchdowns to his game total, including 2 more to Williams. Randall finished the game 13-23 for 240 yards, with 7 touchdowns and only 1 interception, for a QB Rating of 126.3. Randall also spread the ball around well to his 3 wide receivers. Damon "Redd" Thompson led the team with 94 yards, on 4 receptions with 2 touchdowns, while WR Aaron Alexander led the team with 6 receptions for 75 yards and 2 touchdowns. Williams had 3 receptions, all for touchdowns, and a total of 71 yards. Richmond had their ground game working for them as well as UVA grad Brandon Isaiah led the team with 9 carries for 32 yards. Randall had 9 carries for 23 yards. Former JMU QB Rodney Landers, playing in the backfield as a running back had 4 carries for 14 yards.
The Revolution offense wasn't the only bright spot for the team's first outing. The Revolution defense held the Extreme offense to only 170 yards on the night, highlighted by 2 interceptions from DB Demarcus James, the reigning IFL Special Teams Player of the Year. The defense held Extreme QB Luke Drone to only 132 yards and a QB rating of 51.5. The defense line with former University of Richmond Sherman the "Tank" Logan and last year's IFL star, Jason Holman, wreaked havoc on the Extreme; their speed and agility proved to be simply too much to handle.
"The Revolution players were outstanding tonight, it's very special that our inaugural professional game was so entertaining," said Steve Burton, SportsQuest CEO, "it was great to watch their conditioning carry them through an excellent second half." Head Coach Steve Criswell added "We worked hard to find the players that fit into the indoor game the best, and our coaches trained our guys well over the last two weeks; tonight our team showed its true colors and responded with a great performance."
- SportsQuest, the owner of the Revolution, is hosting their official Ground Breaking for their East Campus on Wednesday, March 10 at 11:00 AM at 12772 Oak Lake Court, Midlothian. The event is open to the public and will include 17 synthetic turf sport fields (the largest in the US) and an outstanding outdoor festival park.
- Come see the Revolution's first home game will follow on Saturday, March 13th at 7:05 against the Chicago Slaughter, which will be held at the Arthur Ashe Center.
- Join SportsQuest and the US Olympic Short Track team at their post-Olympic hall of Fame banquet, which will be held in Richmond on Saturday, May 1. Meet in person the Olympians that you enjoyed watching on TV.
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