One of the appeals of indoor football at any level is that the game is wide open, and is amazingly tilted towards helping the offense, even more than the NFL.
That means you routinely see games where teams break 60 or 70 points, and will even occasionally push towards 100.
Sunday afternoon in Champions Indoor Football, two teams went all out, combining for 191 total points, more than 650 combined passing yards, and more than 800 yards of combined offense. Oh and a ton of kicks returned for touchdowns.
The Amarillo Venom and the Texas Revolution two of the four best teams in the 14-team CIF, which is in its third year as a league, put all on the line Sunday afternoon in Allen, Texas, giving us this amazing final score:
That’s right. The Amarillo Venom scored 95 points in regulation…and still lost.
In fairness, fans at the game and watching online probably should have expected fireworks, as entering the game these two teams were the highest scoring teams in the league, and after this offensive avalanche are now averaging 72 and 68 points per game.
The linescore from this game is amazing, with the fewest combined points scored in a quarter being 42 in the fourth, where the Revolution rallied from an 82-67 deficit to hand the Venom their first loss of the season.
Even more amazing, in the middle two quarters, the two teams combined for 106 total points, an amount that would be high-scoring over four quarters of indoor football.
Some amazing offensive stats from the game: Two two teams combined for 806 yards of total offense, which doesn’t sound like much compared to most NFL games, but remember, they’re playing on a field that is only 50-yards long, and most times they are starting around the 15-yard line, effectively giving them only 35 yards of potential offense.
Even more amazing: there were four non-offensive scoring plays in the game and they still broke 800 yards of offense.
The Venom out-gained the Revolution 459-347, and the 459 total yards is the second most in CIF history, but the Revs made up for by returning not one, not two, NOT THREE, but FOUR kickoffs for touchdowns.
Joe Adams and Michael Dyer each had two kick returns for touchdowns, and combined for 310 return yards on nine return attempts, an average of 34.4 yards per return. That’s amazing at any level, nevermind one that plays on a 50-yard field.
The teams also combined for 54 first downs, which again, on a 50-yard field in unheard of.
Former MAC and Ball State legend Nate Davis, quarterback for the Venom, had himself quite a day, finishing 34 of 49 for 422 yards and eight touchdowns. He also added 18 rushing yards and two scores. His 422 passing yards is a CIF record, breaking his own record of 372 yards set last season.
From the looks of it, the game was a back-and-forth barnburner that literally came down to the last seconds. The Revolution tied the game 89-89 with 3:23 left to go in the fourth. The Venom then went on a long (by indoor football standards) drive and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 41 seconds left, but missed the extra point, their first missed extra point of the day, to take a 95-89 lead.
Just 25 seconds later the Revolution scored with 16 seconds left and converted the extra point for the final 96-95 margin, but had to sweat out the Venom trying a 47-yard field goal at the horn that sailed wide right.
And in case you thought there was no defense in the game, there were actually three turnovers, with each team recording an interception in the game, and the Revolution recovering a fumble.
So yeah, if you’ve been on the fence about going to a minor league indoor football game but love all the offense that the NFL has, go check out a game, you probably won’t be disappointed by all the action on the field.