The Duke City Gladiators will try to win their fourth game in a row Saturday, when they face the Indoor Football League’s 2021 champions, the Massachusetts Pirates, at 6 p.m. in the Rio Rancho Events Center.
The Gladiators have added a laser and light show to halftime, as well as more entertainment at the beginning and during the game. This is “Whiteout Night” – fans are encouraged to wear all white. The public is encouraged to come to the game to help support the team through the end of the season.
Tailgating starts at 3 in the Events Center parking lot. Doors open at 5.
The Gladiators (5-5) made it three wins in a row Saturday in the Events Center, getting off to a 14-0 start and never trailing in their 54-49 victory over San Diego Strike Force, which they’ll face in San Diego on July 9.
Gladiators quarterback Ramone Atkins threw six touchdown passes and scored on a 9-yard run.
He had TD passes covering 24 and 10 yards to Dello Davis; two 5-yarders to Jared Elmore; a 6-yard strike to Greg Dent and a 5-yard aerial score to Eriq Swiftwater.
Massachusetts (7-3) has the fourth-best record in the IFL and has won two straight games.
Through 10 games, Davis leads the IFL in receiving yards (611) and catches (53); he is third in touchdowns (12).
Elmore is second in receptions, with 44.
Next Saturday (June 11), the Gladiators play in Frisco, Texas, vs. the Fighters, whom they’ve lost to twice: 60-33 in Rio Rancho on March 26 and 42-21 in Frisco on April 23.
For more information on the City of Vision’s indoor team, visit dukecitygladiators.com.