ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Oklahoma Flying Aces (0-3) were the latest Champions Indoor Football (CIF) League team to feel the might of the CIF defending champions, the Duke City Gladiators (3-0).
With their 72-6 defeat of Oklahoma, Duke City extended its streak of scoring at least 70 points to three games.
Duke City scored the game’s first touchdown on a 17-yard pass from quarterback Donovan Porteri to receiver Dell Davis for the 7-0 lead. Duke City scored a rouge point to make it 8-0 with six minutes to play in the first quarter.
With more than three minutes left in the quarter, Duke City scored nine points in two possessions. The Gladiators defense first recorded a safety and Davis returned the ensuing kickoff 50 yards for a touchdown to put the Flying Aces in a 17-point hole entering the second quarter.
The Gladiators defense came up with another scoring play following Porteri’s seven-yard touchdown pass to Darryl Stonum. With 13 minutes left before halftime, Fred Griggs picked off Flying Aces quarterback Joshua Floyd and returned it for a 26-yard touchdown to make it 30-0.
Floyd came up with Oklahoma’s lone score of the game with 11:16 to play in the first half, a four-yard rushing touchdown.
Duke City responded with Porteri throwing two touchdowns on consecutive drives to take a 44-6 lead into halftime.
The Flying Aces struggled in all three phases against Duke City. The offense recorded five first downs and racked up just 45 total yards. Oklahoma went 0-for-10 on third-down and 0-for-5 on fourth down.
The defense allowed 247 total yards and eight offensive touchdowns. Oklahoma’s field goal unit went 0-for-3 in the first half and finished the game going 0-for-4.
The Flying Aces tried to start the second half with a scoring play. Receiver Josh Stewart returned the opening kickoff to the Duke City 10-yard line. But Duke City’s defense forced a turnover on downs after preventing Lawrence Jordan from scoring a rushing touchdown from the two-yard line.
Later in the third quarter, the Gladiators defense blocked a Flying Aces field goal attempt, which set up Duke City for its fifth-offensive score — a five-yard rush from Romello Brown. It was Duke City’s lone scoring play of the quarter.
The Gladiators offense spiked its production in the fourth quarter by scoring 21 points. After Porteri scrambled to find Sedrick Johnson on a five-yard touchdown pass, the Gladiators went to Brown again for a four-yard rushing touchdown.
Porteri then tossed his sixth and final touchdown pass of the night, an 18-yard connection with Davis. The Duke City received finished with a team-high four touchdown receptions and 85 receiving yards.
Oklahoma will have a bye week before heading to Wichita, Kan., on April 27 to face the Force.