The Tri-Cities Fever about had it all at this past week's exhibition game against the Wenatchee Venom.
A dominating defense and a diverse offense combined to deliver a convincing 53-14 victory over the visitors.
Six players scored touchdowns for Tri-Cities, revealing the depth of offensive talent available this season.
Two skilled quarterbacks, Houston Lillard and Antwon Young, shared the field in a fan-pleasing competition for the opening-day starter's job.
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Their performances left coach Adam Shackleford with a tough decision. Both have a lot to offer, and we predict that each will see his fair share of playing time this year.
The only thing missing from last week's game was a crowd. About 1,600 fans turned out for the contest -- far fewer than the average of almost 4,000 in recent years.
A poor turnout is expected at an exhibition match, but won't cut it in the regular season. No sports franchise can survive without community support.
The season opener against the Arizona Adrenaline is set for 7:05 p.m. Saturday, and a big crowd will send a clear message.
More to the point, arena football is a lot of fun. The action is fast paced and close up. Sports fans will have a tough time finding a better entertainment bargain.