There is no playoff berth up for grabs.
But that wont stop the Tri-Cities Fever from wanting to beat the visiting Colorado Ice at 7:05 p.m. today in the Toyota Center in what will be the Fevers final Indoor Football League contest of the 2014 season.
We had a good week of practice, said Fever coach Adam Shackleford. Its their last time together and I expect them to play well. We didnt play well enough in the regular season to make the playoffs. There should be a little chip on our guys shoulders. We want to go out and prove were a good football team. (Colorado is) going to get us at our best. Were not laying down.
The Ice enters tonights game in first place in the Intense Conference with a 10-3 record. The Fever has a 7-6 mark. For some of the Fever players, this might be their playoff game.
I think thats how we look at it, said Fever DB Lionell Singleton. Every time we play Colorado it seems like it a rivalry game.
And there could be scouts from bigger leagues watching.
You never know whos watching in the stands, Singleton said.
And for some, its about finishing strong.
Its definitely weird, said Fever quarterback Houston Lillard. Not making the playoffs. Its something I have never experienced, especially playing professionally. Well focus on playing for pride. We want to make (the Ice) go into the playoffs knowing that were the best team in the division.
No one expects the Ice to give this game away either.
They dont want to go into playoffs losing, said Singleton. Especially if we go out and be dominant.
To do that, the Fever will have to accomplish a few things.
We have to stop the run on first and second down, said Shackleford. Try to force them into a third-and-long situation. We have to get a couple of stops early.
On offense, Lillard said the team has to stay consistent.
Just keep do what weve been doing, Lillard said. Take what they give us. The best thing weve been doing lately is using (running back) Keithon (Flemming) more. Keep them off balance, and stay in our comfort zone.
Flemming was named the IFL offensive player of the week last week after rushing for 119 yards against Wyoming. It was the second straight game Flemming had won the award, and both times were against the Cavalry. ... Fever DL Pablo Garcia has been signed by the LA KISS of the AFL. ... Kicker Brady Beeson, who missed the last game against Wyoming with a bad plant foot, has recovered enough to be able to play tonight. ... Owner Teri Carr has been working with the Toyota Center on a lease extension for the 2015 season.