Amarillo Venom



Years of Existence: 2015-2017
Venue: Coors Lite Field (Amarillo, TX)
Accomplishments
2015 - Playoff appearance
2016 - Championship game appearance
2017 - Semifinal appearance
2018 - Playoff appearance
Lifetime Record: 35-20
Home: 22-7
Away: 13-13
Playoffs: 3-4
Average Attendance: 2,916

The Amarillo Venom joined the CIF when the CPIFL combined with the LSFL. Nate Davis quarterbacked Amarillo all year long, throwing for 2,375 yards, 55 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Raymond Johnson led all wide receivers with 744 yards and 17 touchdowns. Kicker Jacob Felton was 72/73 on extra points. Amarillo and Duke City played a 4OT barnburner that the Venom won 89-86. Davis passed for seven touchdowns and ran for two more. Duke City led 41-36 after the first quarter. Amarillo dropped two of its final three games but did make the playoffs and traveled to Sioux City. The Bandits dismantled the Venom, leading 59-21 at halftime and cruising to an 83-52 victory. The Venom roared back in 2016 with an amazing pass game led by Nate Davis. Davis passed for 2,933 yards, 56 scores and just ten interceptions. He also scored 22 times on the ground. Raymond Johnson Jr. grabbed 21 touchdowns. The team averaged 57 points per game, second best in the league behind Texas' 67. The Venom went 8-4 on the regular season, advancing to the playoffs and playing at Dodge City, where they dropped 98 points on the Law. The team went on to upset the Texas Revolution and traveled to Wichita for Champions Bowl II. Over 20 penalties crushed the hopes of an Amarillo title, however, as Wichita escaped with a 48-45 victory. Nate Davis quarterbacked again in 2017, passing for 62 touchdowns, 13 picks, and 2,980 yards. He would score 22 times on the ground, as well. Cedric Gilbert surpassed Raymond James for most receiving touchdowns, 19-12, but both were top targets. The first game of the season went to OT, where the Venom topped Duke City 70-68 on a 25 yard Raymond James reception. Among their close games, was a historic 96-95 loss to Texas, in which Nate Davis passed for over 400 yards and eight touchdowns. A Revolution touchdown with 16 ticks left would be enough to pull off the win and avoid overtime. A missed extra point on Amarillo's touchdown with :41 left would also prevent the extra period. The two would rematch in the semifinals of the postseason, where Texas would again get the best of the Venom, 77-71. Davis returned again in 2018, adding 2,487 yards, 56 touchdowns and ten picks to his career stats. Raymond Johnson led all receivers with sixteen touchdowns and Xavier Amey racked up 708 yards on 44 catches. Texas was again the thron in their side, however, ending their season with back to back wins, including one in the playoffs.