The Duke City Gladiators scored the game’s first 23 points Saturday (May 7) and never looked back, earning their third win of the season, 43-20, over the Bay Area Panthers.

Bay Area (1-7) never got closer than 16 points after that, as they fell to the Gladiators (3-5) for the second time this season, having lost, 50-28, in their April 9 meeting at the Rio Rancho Events Center.

Gladiators quarterback Ramone Atkins led the way, completing 11 of his 23 passes doe 108 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception.

Jared Elmore was on the receiving end for two of those TDs; Grego Dent Jr. also caught one.

The Duke City defense limited Bay Area to just 95 yards of offense.

The Gladiators are in fourth place of the IFL’s Western Conference, a half-game ahead of the Vegas Night Hawks, where they play Saturday when the Hawks play host to the Gladiators.

Duke City’s next home game is May 28 at 6 p.m. vs. the San Diego Strike Force.