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Indoor football: Gladiators romp over substitute opponent

It didn’t take much time for the Duke City Gladiators’ most recent acquisition to mesh with his new teammates — a little more than 24 hours.

Quarterback Robert Kent, 38, who was selected by the Gladiators in Champions Indoor Football’s recent dispersal draft, didn’t arrive in Albuquerque until late Friday because of work obligations in Dallas. But he still was sharp enough Saturday night to throw for five TDs and no interceptions in Duke City’s 123-6 exhibition win over the North Texas Savages at Tingley Coliseum.

The Savages, a minor league indoor team based north of Dallas, were an fill-in for the Texas Revolution, a CIF franchise that was kicked out of the league earlier this month for not meeting its financial obligations.

And that’s where Kent comes in. He was a member of the Revolution, throwing for 30 TDs in five games. But then the franchise’s troubles bubbled to the surface.

Meanwhile, Duke City’s Dominic Bramante is on a short list of coaches who win a game by 117 points and still wear a frown.

“We didn’t get enough offensive reps,” he said on the field afterward. “The goal was for Robert to get in some plays, and we had only 17 offensive plays in the first half, not counting 2-point plays.”

The Gladiators ran a total of only 21 plays in the game.

That’s largely because the defense had a boffo game, scoring three times on interceptions in a six-minute span of a 49-point third quarter and totaling four TDs off fumbles. The Savages had minus 6 yards total offense on 54 plays.

“I think I got more snaps in warmups than in the game,” Kent chuckled. “But we came out here and did what we were supposed to do. So I have no complaints about the way the game turned out.”

The point total is the highest for the Gladiators in their five-year history. Their mark in league play is 95.

Even before the game, though, Bramante’s thoughts were fast-forwarding to next week’s Southern Division showdown with Amarillo at Tingley. The teams are tied for first with 5-3 records.

“I’m already nervous about next week,” Bramante said. “But it’s a good kind of nervous.

As for North Texas, coach Mike Whitfield said he came to town thinking his team could give the defending CIF champs a good battle. But he also said the Savages were without four linemen who stayed home because of their jobs.

“Last year we played against the Revolution and lost by only 10,” Whitfield said. “Our guys know what they’re getting into. The motivation for them is to draw the attention of pro teams and get contracts.”

In addition to the beating on the scoreboard, QB Aaron Washington suffered a concussion.

NEXT WEEK: Amarillo and Duke City have met twice this year. The Gladiators won 70-30 at Tingley on March 30; the Venom prevailed at home four weeks later, 88-62. The winner Saturday will also hold the tiebreaker.

PORTERIE: Ex-Lobo QB Donovan Porterie, who was Duke City’s starter all season before tonight, was inactive Saturday.

GLADIATORS 123, SAVAGES 6

North Texas 0 6 0 0— 6

Duke City 32 28 49 14—123

Leading passers: DC, Robert Kent, 5 TDs, no INT; NT, Patrick Fields, 1 TD, 4 INTs.

Leading rushers: DC, Justin Kelly, 8 yards, 2 TDs; NT, Adrian Oliver, 11 yards.

Leading receivers: DC, Dello Davis, 3 catches, 89 yards, 2 TDs; DC, William Martin, 4 catches, 98 yards, 2 TDs.

Leading defenders: DC, Brett Bowers, 2½ sacks, 2 TDs off fumbles; Jayson Serda, Fred Griggs, Treavor Pugh, TDs off INTs.

Announced attendance: 6,425 (in the building)

Saturday, June 2

Amarillo Venom at Duke City Gladiators 6:05 p.m. Online: GoCIF.com

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