ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Their season started with a lopsided loss in the state of Texas. The Duke City Gladiators are hoping for a better outcome Saturday as they prepare for their first ever home opener. The Gladiators will host an international team from Mexico in what will also be Hispanic Heritage night at Tingley Coliseum. The Gladiators roster is sprinkled with former Lobos and the team is hoping that and victories will bring in the fans needed to make the franchise a success.
“These ex-Lobos, by participating and being who they are in our program, really do their university proud,” said Gladiators Head Coach Dominic Bramante.
DeAndre Wright is a former Lobo corner who also played in the NFL. He is excited to get back on the field.”Trying to keep my emotions down right now and not let it get the best of me, but it’s getting exciting as the day comes closer,” he said.
The Gladiators are behind when it comes to getting in football shape and the speed of the game. They are hoping to catch up quickly. Most of the teams in their league started a few weeks earlier. The Gladiators are hopeful that Saturday’s game will give them the work they need.
“This game is a big game to work on our timing,” said corner Emmanuel McPherson. “This team is so new. One thing we are missing is a lot of timing and just that chemistry that comes with being together.”
The Gladiators will play at 7 p.m. Saturday at Tingley Coliseum.