Fever looks for redemption in IFL rematch with Revolution

March 28, 2013 

Friday night, it’s Texas Revolution vs. Tri-Cities Fever — Part 2.

The two Indoor Football League teams will play each other for the second time in eight days, this time at 7:05 p.m. Friday at the Toyota Center.

Last Friday, Fever coach Adam Shackleford’s team (1-2) lost 40-37 to the Revolution (1-2) in Allen, Texas.

An opening-kickoff rouge, during which Texas return man Frankie Solomon Jr., failed to return Fever kicker Brady Beeson’s kickoff out of the end zone, was the only point Tri-Cities could put on the board in the first half.

Meanwhile, the Revolution scored 17 unanswered points, and Billy Back’s team took a 17-1 lead into intermission.

“We need to correct some mistakes that we made last week,” Shackleford said. “We turned the ball over too many times and had some miscommunications on defense.”

The Fever came back hard in the second half, outscoring Texas 36-23, but it wasn’t enough in the end.

“We just need to play better all the way around,” Shackleford said. “We have to find a way to limit our mistakes and take advantage of what their defense gives us.”

For Back, a longtime friend of Shackleford’s, it was a good victory.

“(Shackleford) wasn’t happy,” Back said. “I cracked a joke, and he didn’t laugh as hard as he usually would. But he did congratulate me on getting my first win in the IFL as a coach.”

Both coaches likely will tweak their game plans Friday night, just to throw the other team off.

• Beeson has struggled a bit with his field-goal kicking and extra-point attempts in the first three games. But when it comes to kickoffs — deep ones — he has been lights out, making the ball bounce in different ways that return men have had trouble handling.

Because of that, the Fever’s opponents have started their offensive series deep in their own territory.

Beeson had 11 field goals last season for the Fever in five games, so he has been pretty consistent overall.

Beeson also is a kicking coach for Husted Kicking and is looking to work with aspiring kickers in the Tri-City area. Husted Kicking is owned and run by Michael Husted, a former NFL kicker who has helped Beeson.

Beeson offers on-field film review, a post-lesson diagnosis with video clips from the lesson and a blog for each student with whom he works.

Anyone interested in working with Beeson can contact him by phone at (612) 799-8568 or at www.hustedkicking.com.

By the numbers: The Fever ranks fifth in scoring with 39.7 points, while Texas is eighth at 29. ... The Fever ranks second among teams with 180.3 passing yards a game. ... The Fever is fifth in scoring defense, surrendering 37.7 a game, while the Revolution is eighth at 49.3. ... Tri-Cities’ defense is ranked No. 3 in giving up yardage, averaging 191.7 a game. ... The Fever also averages 15.2 yards a return, third best in the IFL. Texas is eighth at 11.9 yards. ... While Tri-Cities’ Kasey Peters has thrown 10 TD passes in three games, he has also tossed six interceptions. ... Texas’ Marcus Jackson has six TD passes and seven interceptions. ... Steven Whitehead has 20 catches for the Fever, ranking him fourth in the IFL. His 65.7 yards per game is No. 3. ... Texas K Brett Peddicord is 4-for-9 on field goals in two games, and his 44 percent ranks him third in the league. He’s also 7-for-7 on extra-point kicks. ... Solomon has returned five kicks for 100 yards — a 20-yard average and third best in the IFL. He also had a 49-yard TD return against the Fever last Friday. ... Fever DB Lionell Singleton ranks first in the league with three interceptions. Texas DBs Scooter Rogers and Solomon each have two. ... Texas’ Brian Ellis has forced two fumbles.

Notes: Back released OL Dimecus Brown and Richard Bailey this week and signed OL Kyle Nunn and DB Darien Williams. ... Texas LB A.J. Nicholson earned the IFL Defensive Player of the Week award for his performance against Tri-Cities last week. Nicholson had 12 tackles (two for loss), one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one pass breakup. “He is our backbone,” Back said. ... Because the Revolution plays home games in the Central Time Zone, Back required his team to stay up until 1 a.m. Thursday night at its hotel in Kennewick to get used to the two-hour time difference. ... Friday night is Faith and Family Night. The first 500 fans will receive sport packs. ... The Fever has a special of four tickets for a family of four for $44 in the Heatwave section. ... The Fever also included Columbia Industries in their efforts. Fans can bring in a donation of clothing, household items or linens to the Fever office or to the gate on game day and receive a coupon for a discounted ticket — $3 off in the Heatwave section or $4 off in the red zone and midfield sections.

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