The road to the 2019 Champions Indoor Football title will be going through Albuquerque for the second straight season beginning tonight, when the Duke City Gladiators open postseason play against the Amarillo Venom in the Southern Conference championship game at Tingley Coliseum.
The Gladiators (9-3) finished with the best record in the eight-team league, one game ahead of second-seeded Amarillo (8-4) largely by virtue of winning the season series 2-1. The home team won each of the meetings.
Although Duke City coach Dominic Bramante can find comfort looking at his 2018 CIF championship ring, the sting of previous defeats still resonates. Especially a 70-41 road loss to the Venom in the first round of the playoffs two years ago.
“I hate Amarillo and everything about Amarillo,” Bramante said Thursday. “I haven’t forgotten they put us to sleep in 2017.