Fever headed for Danger in Nebraska

March 13, 2014 

Nebraska Danger coach Mike Davis is leery about facing the visiting Tri-Cities Fever today.

“They are a very good football team,” said Davis. “Our defense has to slow down their offense. Offensively, we’ll be facing the best secondary we’ll see all year — outside of our own.”

For the second straight weekend, the Fever is facing a team that played in last season’s United Bowl, the Indoor Football League’s championship game.

Last week, the Fever lost 47-40 to the Sioux Falls Storm, the three-time defending IFL champion, in the Toyota Center.

The Storm beat the Danger in the title game, 43-40.

Nebraska is led by last season’s IFL MVP, quarterback Jameel Sewell.

“We have to stop Sewell from running the football,” said Fever coach Adam Shackleford. “They are good when things break down, and they make plays.”

Sewell injured his back three weeks ago in the season opener against Sioux Falls and sat out the second week. But he returned last week to lead Nebraska past Texas 50-26.

“He’s a little rusty,” said Davis. “He could have played two weeks ago but we rested him. We lost Sewell against Sioux Falls in the first quarter and we struggled. It would be like the Fever losing (starting quarterback) Dante (Warren). It’d be the same thing.”

The Danger has a veteran lineup, which includes standout wide receivers Andre Piper-Jordan and Kayne Farquharson.

But Nebraska has also added Troy Evans, who played for Wyoming last season and can line up at running back or wide receiver.

“All of those guys are pretty good,” said Shackleford.

It could end up being a shootout, and Davis is concerned about Warren.

“I knew once Dante got some experience, it would make it tough to defend him,” said Davis.

It will be the Fever’s first road game of the season.

“Getting off to a quick start will be important,” Shackleford said. “We’re going to try to run the football again. We couldn’t last week because the Storm had two linebackers up front. Hopefully if we can run the football, it’ll open up our offense”

Notes: Kickoff today is at 5:05 p.m. … KONA 610 AM will broadcast the game. … The Fever averages the most points per game at 54.5. … Nebraska’s Piper-Jordan is tops in the league in yards per catch at 18.4. … The Fever’s Warren is second in the IFL in total offensive yards per game at 178.5, and second in rushing yards at 54.5 a game. … The Fever’s Jackie Chambers averages two TDs a game, ranking his No. 2. … Nebraska has the second-best offense in the league at 253 yards per, and the No. 2 defense, surrendering 177.7 a game. … Top defenders: Lionell Singleton for the Fever (7.2 tackles a game), Pig Brown for the Danger (6 tackles a game).

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