Flying Aces start hot, but end season with 36-point road loss to Amarillo

Billy Hefton / Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The Oklahoma Flying Aces ended their inaugural season with a 76-40 loss to the Amarillo Venom (8-4) Saturday night at the Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas.

The Flying Aces finished the season with a 2-10 record.

Oklahoma played with efficiency in the first quarter as the Flying Aces built a quick lead and held it for nearly 15 minutes. Quarterback Ray­john Ramsey completed two passes of 30 total yards to get the offense down to inside the five-yard line before running back Corey Avery ran for a 1-yard touchdown to give Oklahoma the 7-0 lead.

Amarillo answered with a touchdown run from Jah’son Patterson but missed the point-after kick, keeping Oklahoma’s lead intact. Ramsey rushed for a first down and then threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to receiver Josh Stewart to make it a 14-6 game.

The Venom, who are one of the top scoring offenses in the Champions Indoor Football (CIF) league, struggled early on their PAT attempts. After answering Ramsey’s 12-yard touchdown pass with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Nate Davis, the Venom missed their second-straight PAT kick.

But their struggles didn’t last long. After the Venom defense picked off Ramsey, Davis threw his second touchdown of the first half to Terrell Smith, which gave Amarillo the 20-14 lead. Amarillo stopped kicking the PAT and went for the two-point conversion, which was perfect from then on out.

Davis threw three more touchdown passes to receivers like Patterson, Ricardo Barnett and Raymond Johnson. Davis’ last touchdown of his five first-half touchdowns gave Amarillo a 17-point lead with less than 30 seconds left before halftime.

Ramsey only threw one more touchdown in the first half, again to Stewart from 22 yards.

Oklahoma’s offense played catchup after losing its 14-12 lead and saw the Amarillo lead gradually increase. The Flying Aces offense ended three of their final four drives with field goal attempts from kicker Brett Mathis, who made all three. Mathis ended his night going 4 for 4 on field goals.

Mathis’ last kick, a 28-yard field goal, cut Amarillo’s lead to 14 points. The Venom took a 44-30 lead into halftime.

Davis finished the game with six touchdown passes and finished with 204 yards. The Venom quarterback tossed a seven-yard touchdown pass on the first drive of the second half to keep Amarillo’s momentum going.

Ramsey finished his night with three touchdown passes and two interceptions. He completed 11 of his 25 passes for 127 yards.

Amarillo’s defense kept Oklahoma out of the end-zone for most of the second half. In the third quarter, Oklahoma settled for a field goal on their first drive of the second half. With two minutes left in the quarter, the Venom defense strip-sacked Ramsey and returned his fumble for a 10-yard touchdown scamper.

Oklahoma wasn’t able to score a touchdown again until the start of the fourth quarter. Ramsey found Laquvionte Gonzalez for a nine-yard touchdown pass to make it a 20-point game. But Amarillo added 16 more points with back-to-back touchdown runs from Xavier Amey and David Perkins.

Amarillo will head to Albuquerque, N.M., next week to face the Duke City Gladiators in the first round of the CIF playoffs.

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Godfrey is sports writer for the Enid News & Eagle. He can be reached at tgodfrey@enidnews.com.

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