You can throw away the stats, although they were very good for many players on the offensive side of the ball. This game was all about Andy Nations presence on the field for the Revolution.
In the second quarter, offensive lineman Andy Nations was injured while blocking for quarterback Jimmy Coy. He walked off the field very slow with the assistance of two trainers nursing a lower leg injury. It was thought he would not return for the rest of the game.
The Blizzard took notice of Nations’s absence from the lineup, and the pressure came from the right side from defensive linemen Leon Mackey, as well as Drew Vanderlin for the rest of the second quarter. The Blizzard recorded three sacks and a safety without Nations in the line up. They actually took the lead at halftime 30-21 after the Revolution were up in this game 21-14.
While on the field for the second half warm-ups, Nations was still hobbling and trying to get ready for third quarter action. He still had people wondering if he in fact would return. He entered the game right after 22 yard kickoff return by Frankie Solomon Jr., and the Revolution were set up at the Blizzard 16 yard line. The Revolution proceeded to score the touchdown and were only down two, 30-28 with Nations back in the lineup.
Although not 100%, Nations was able to give Jimmy Coy time to throw the ball. The results - the Revolution took over the game by out scoring the Blizzard 36-10 in the second half.
Nations was vital to the success of the Revolution offense on Sunday in the second half. After the game Nations said, “It is a pain I have never felt before in my career.” His availability for the Wyoming game on March 28th in Casper, Wy is still up in the air. He will be evaluated in the upcoming week before taking hitting the road to Wyoming on Thursday for a Friday night game.
First year quarterback Jimmy Coy had a great performance as he went 20-32 for 214 yards seven touchdowns. He found Clinton Solomon for four touchdown passes and 114 yards, and Ramonce Taylor for two touchdown passes and 83 yards (Taylor also had a two yard run for a touchdown as well), and Damion Clark for a touchdown pass and 19 yards.
The “Ball Hawk” Frankie Solomon Jr. had a very good game as well, as he continues to be the leader of this defense. He recorded an interception in the third quarter when the Revolution were up 43-33. He also had three tackles on the night. Danny Mason was strong as well recording 12.5 tackles, three of them for losses.
The Blizzard defense had six sacks on the night lead by Derek Earls with 2.5, followed by Drew Vanderlin with two of his own.
Quarterback Nathan Warra threw for 165 and three touchdowns and ran two in for touchdowns as well.
Running Back Lucian Walker had five rushes for 14 yards and caught the ball thee times for 23 yards.
Wide Receivers Alexander McCray had three catches for 44 yards and two touchdown passes, and Donte’ Sawyer had 5 catches for 58 yards and one touchdown.