IFL Playoffs: Tri-Cities 52, Colorado 42 FINAL

June 22, 2012 

Tri-Cities 52, Colorado 42 (FINAL): This one is all over, as the Fever rally for the first-round victory. Their opponent and game time and date will be determined later this weekend.

Tri-Cities 52, Colorado 42 (1:13 remaining, 4th quarter): Houston Lillard just scored from 3-yards out to put an exclamation point on this one.

Tri-Cities 45, Colorado 42 (2:52 remaining, 4th quarter): It's not over yet, as Colorado's Augustine Agyei made an incredible diving catch into the stands to score on a 13-yard pass from new quarterback Duane Brooks.

Brooks then connected with Mark Henderson on the two-point conversion.

Tri-Cities 45, Colorado 34 (5:54 remaining, 4th quarter): Lionel Singleton returns a missed field goal 58 yards for a touchdown and the Fever have put the Ice on the brink.

Tri-Cities 38, Colorado 34 (10:58 remaining, 4th quarter): Colorado stops the bleeding.

Houston Lillard was intercepted at the goal line, and while Colorado failed to capitalize with a touchdown despite having first-and-goal at the 1, the Ice did kick a 29-yard field goal ending a 25-0 run by the Fever.

Tri-Cities 38, Colorado 31 (5:24 remaining, 3rd quarter): The Fever recovered an onside kick and promptly marched down the field, scoring on a Houston Lillard to Dennis Kennedy 14-yard touchdown on fourth down.

Tri-Cities 32, Colorado 31 (8:27 remaining, 3rd quarter): Dennis Kennedy just pin-balled his way up the middle, scoring from 15-yards out to give the Fever their first lead of the game.

Colorado 31, Tri-Cities 26 (:07 seconds remaining, 2nd quarter): Here come the Fever.

Colorado fumbled the kickoff, Tri-Cities recovered and two plays later Houston Lillard found Steven Whitehead for a touchdown. Just like that, the Fever are within 5.

Colorado 31, Tri-Cities 19 (:17 seconds remaining, 2nd quarter): Huge momentum swing right before the half.

Tri-Cities had marched down and had a chance at a touchdown, but Houston Lillard misfired.

On the next play for Colorado, Jake Killeen intercepted a pass. Lillard then made up for his mistake, throwing a 12-yard touchdown to Tre Young. The two-point conversion attempt failed.

Colorado 31, Tri-Cities 13 (1:13 remaining, 2nd quarter): Right when it seemed that the Fever had righted the ship, forcing a turnover on downs. The Fever couldn't get anything going, eventually missing a long field goal. On the first play of the ensuing drive, Colorado quarterback Jeremy Sanders threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Mark Henderson.

The Fever are in pretty big trouble here.

Colorado 24, Tri-Cities 13 (7:13 remaining, 2nd quarter): Perhaps it had to get worse before it could get better for the Fever.

Two plays after giving up a field goal, Houston Lillard threw a brutal interception, but the Fever's defense held. Lillard then threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Ed Berry, who made an acrobatic catch. The PAT was blocked, but the Fever have some life.

Colorado 24, Tri-Cities 7 (12:35 remaining, 2nd quarter): Aric Goodman's 22-yard field goal is good, and the Ice stretch their lead to 24-7.

The Tri-Cities defense came up big there, keeping Colorado out of the end zone.

Colorado 21, Tri-Cities 7 (end of 1st quarter): At the end of the first quarter, Tri-Cities is in trouble. Already down two touchdowns, the Fever just fumbled on a big hit by Colorado's Chris Bradwell.

The Ice have the ball at the 10-yard line, threatening to go up by three touchdowns. Very sloppy play by the Fever so far. On the last kickoff, they let the ball roll all the way to the 1 before being tackled deep in their own territory.

Colorado 21, Tri-Cities 7 (1:15 remaining, 1st quarter): Colorado got some big breaks on that drive, as a fourth down incompletion was nullified by an illegal defense penalty. Three players later, Eason scored on a 1-yard run.

Colorado 14, Tri-Cities 7 (5:42 remaining, 1st quarter): Tri-Cities is on the board, as Dennis Kennedy scores on an inside handoff from a yard out. The big play of the drive was a 21-yard pass play from Houston Lillard to Tre Young.

Colorado 14, Tri-Cities 0 (7:40 remaining, 1st quarter): Cordera Eason goes untouched over the right tackle and scores from 33 yards out, and Tri-Cities is in big trouble.

The Fever have -6 yards of offense so far.

Colorado 7, Tri-Cities 0 (13:07 remaining, 1st quarter): Not the start the Fever were looking for, as they fumbled the opening snap. Three players later, Colorado quarterback Jeremy Sanders threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Duane Brooks.

Kickoff for the first round of the Indoor Football League playoffs is in about 20 minutes.

The Tri-Cities Fever hosts the Colorado Ice at the Toyota Center. The Fever have beaten the Ice twice this season 64-50 in Kennewick at 52-49 in overtime in Colorado.

Pasco High graduate Ryan Tolar is inactive. The offensive lineman will certainly be missed up front tonight. Tri-Cities will be relying on newly signed Chris Rutledge, who was picked up earlier this week. He went to the University of Miami and played in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens.

Keep checking back for updates throughout the night, and be sure and pick up Saturday's Herald for full coverage.

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