Fever Falls at Home to Texas Revolution 54-43
The Tri-Cities Fever fell 54-43 Friday night to the Texas Revolution at the Toyota Center to fall to 1-3 on the IFL season. The official game recap from the Fever is below:
The Tri-Cities Fever's effort to atone for a loss last week to the Texas Revolution fell short.
For the second straight game, the Fever struggled to get going offensively, and for the second straight week fell to the Revolution.
After a back-and-forth first half, miscues mounted for the Fever in a 54-43 loss to Texas at the Toyota Center. The loss drops Tri-Cities to 1-3 on the season. Texas improves to 2-2.
"I don't think it is one thing," said Fever coach Adam Shackleford. The bottom line is we need to play better.
Tri-Cities will get that chance next Friday night against the winless Wyoming Cavalry (0-4), and former defensive coordinator Ryan Lingenfelder.
"We just have to bounce back and keep on improving," said Fever receiver George Bell. Tri-Cities, which scored just one point in the first half last week, scored touchdowns on its first two possession of the game and led 13-7 early in the second quarter.
Bell helped the Fever keep the lead at halftime, catching a 5-yard pass from Kasey Peters with under a minute in the first half as the Fever led 26-24 at the break.
"We needed to get off to a better start, and we did," said Fever defensive end Brandon Wilson. "But we just couldn't keep it going."
Despite all the miscues, including three fumbles and two interceptions, the Fever was tied with Texas at 37 early in the fourth quarter. After a Texas touchdown, the Fever scored to cut the margin to 44-43. But a missed extra point kept the Revolution on top. Texas then scored the game's final 10 points to pull out the win.
"It's my job as a coach to make sure we play well, and right now we are just making too many mistakes for whatever reason," Shackleford said.
The Fever offense never got in any sort of rhythm and managed just 70 yards of total offense. Peters, who completed 7 of 9 passes in the first half, completed just one second-half pass. He finished the night 9 of 23 for 60 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Keithon Flemming, who was battling an illness, had a solid game against his former team, rushing the ball 10 times for 43 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught a team-high four passes for 40 yards and one score.
"He played his heart out tonight," Shackleford said.
The Fever averaged just 1.7 yards per play and just 2.6 yards per pass. In contrast, Texas averaged 5.2 yards per play and 7.7 yards per pass.
Brandon Rankin helped lead the defense with a forced fumble. Billy Harrison and Boris Lee each had tackles-for-loss.
"We are not doing the right things of offense, our defense wasn't sharp, and our kicking game isnโ€ t where it needs to be," Shackleford said. "That's my responsibility."
Wilson added, "I think it comes down to team chemistry. We have the talent, but we are still working on getting that team chemistry."
After playing at Wyoming next Friday night, the Fever returns home to take on the defending IFL champion Sioux Falls Storm.