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Texas rallies in second half, ends Duke City playoff hopes hopes

ALLEN, Texas – The Texas Revolution defeated the Duke City Gladiators 54-49 on Friday night in a Champions Indoor Football league game that eliminated the visitors from postseason contention with one week left in the regular season.

The first-year Gladiators, who were 56-16 losers at Texas in their inaugural game March 20, dropped to 4-4 in league play and can do no better than finish with a 5-4 mark with a .556 winning percentage.

Since four rivals are guaranteed to finish with a better winning percentage, including Texas, which ended the regular season at 8-4 (.667), Duke City can’t earn one of the four CIF playoff openings in the nine-team league.

In the third period, it appeared Duke City was in good shape after taking a 42-40 lead on a field goal by Zeke Arevalo. But the Revolution scored the next two TDs to take a 54-42 edge and hung on after Duke City’s Roland Bruno caught a 1-yard TD pass with 10 seconds to play.

Bruno and James Cleveland caught two scoring passes apiece for Duke City.

The Gladiators are scheduled to close out the season June 6 against the Salina (Kan.) Bombers at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. Kickoff is set for 6:05 p.m.