In a matchup between unbeatens to the determine the division lead, it was no surprise that it came down to who had the ball last in Albuquerque, N.M. on Saturday night.
And that’s the biggest reason why the Amarillo Venom are 4-0 and in sole possession of the Champions Indoor Football League South Division lead.
It literally came down to the final second for the Venom against the Duke City Gladiators. Just under the wire, Nate Davis completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Raymond Johnson with one second left in the game, and Conner Hollabaugh kicked the extra point to give the Venom a thrilling 50-49 win.
The game lived up to the hype accompanying a matchup between unbeaten teams who were fighting for the division lead. It was a typical arena game in that there were eight lead changes, including four in the finall 4:38 when Duke City (3-1) went up 40-35.
In that span, Davis threw two scoring passes to Johnson, the first one from 5 yards, but none was as big as the final hookup between the veterans that won the game.
Davis didn’t have a huge night by his standards, but it was more than good enough, as he threw for 215 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran 5 yards for a score.
Johnson had seven catches for 68 yards and three touchdowns. Jimmy Walker Jr. led the Venom with 11 catches for 132 yards and a score.
The biggest night statistically actually belonged to Duke City quarterback Caleb Holbrook, who completed 26-of-35 passes for 340 yards and four touchdowns and also ran for a score.