By AJ Olona
The Duke City Gladiators are back from their grueling 15-hour bus trip from Des Moines, Iowa. The Gladiators made their inaugural Indoor Football League (IFL) debut this past weekend, facing off against the Iowa Barnstormers. The Barnstormers entered this game after making its season debut the week before, defeating the Sioux Falls Storm 56-36. The Barnstormers are a prominent team in the IFL, having the reigning IFL MVP in a quarterback, Daquan Neal.
The Gladiators are also hosting an impressive quarterback themselves with veteran Nate Davis making his debut for Duke City after the Gladiators season was canceled last year before it could ever begin.
The Gladiators wasted absolutely no time getting acclimated to the Indoor Football League, finding the endzone through the air on the very first play of the game. Davis was able to connect with wide receiver Greg Dent Jr., for a 26-yard score as the game was just getting started.
After a tough stop on defense, Davis threw another touchdown on the first play of that drive, this time to Dello Davis for 41 yards.
Two plays for Nate Davis with Duke City, two passing touchdowns.
In the next possession, Davis completed his next five passes, three of them to wide receiver Jarred Elmore, including another touchdown pass through the air.
Last week on the Double Take sports show, Davis said that he doesn’t have one go-to guy when he looks to throw the ball, stating that he tries to get it to whoever is open.
That was certainly the case in the Gladiators’ IFL debut as five different players caught touchdowns on Saturday.
After being down 55-48 with just over a minute left, Davis ran it in from 5 yards out to cap off a six-play drive to send the game into overtime.
On the first play in overtime, Davis connected with Dello Davis for the third time on the day from nine yards out to seal the game for Duke City.
Duke City heads back to Rio Rancho to make their home opener against the Tuscon Sugar Skulls on May 30 at 3:00 p.m.