KENNEWICK -- Tri-Cities Fever coach Adam Shackleford gave his players Sunday and Monday to celebrate their big 48-42 Indoor Football League victory over the previously undefeated Colorado Ice on Saturday night.
Then it was time to come down off that high and get back to business, since the Seattle Timberwolves (formerly the Kent Predators) are coming to town for a 7:05 p.m. game Saturday at the Toyota Center.
"You kind of have to force yourself to (come down off that high)," Shackleford said. "(Wednesday) was really our first day back on the field. We lifted on Monday and watched film."
It's time to concentrate on Seattle.
"We put it very simply," Shackleford said. "You don't have time after Monday to celebrate a victory. Colorado doesn't mean anything if you don't beat Seattle."
And Shackleford said there were a few problems in Saturday's win.
"We came out on the opening series on offense and didn't score," he said. "You can't do that. Our play overall in the second quarter wasn't good. We had an opportunity to get the crowd into the game after taking a 14-13 lead, and we didn't do the job.
"And we kicked too many field goals," Shackleford continued. "(Fever kicker) Gary (Cismesia) is not here to make field goals. He's here to kick extra points. It's not fair to ask Gary to make that many field goals."
But overall, Shackleford was pleased with his team's performance.
"I liked the way we finished the game," he said. "I liked the way we played a tight game and were successful. And I liked the way people came out to watch us."
The crowd of 3,500 was the largest to attend a Fever home game in a few seasons.
"I think that was the biggest game in that building since I coached Spokane and came down here and lost," Shackleford said. "Saturday was as loud in that building since that game."
Shackleford released defensive lineman Brandon Daniel, and activated defensive back Anthony Wiseman from the refused-to-report list.
"We had differences in philosophy with Brandon Daniel, and Wiseman has been activated, but he won't be here until May 9," the coach said.
Meanwhile, former Fever DL Fred Poole signed this week with the Nebraska Danger.
Another former Fever player, wide receiver Robert Garth, signed this week with the Green Bay Blizzard.
The Ice pulled off a coup this week when it signed defensive back Damarcus James.
James was with the Dallas Vigilantes of the AFL in the early part of this season.
But the previous two seasons, he was a standout in the IFL. In 2010, James was a first-team all-leaguer at defensive back for the Richmond Revolution, in which he had 10 interceptions.
In 2009, playing for the Alaska Wild, James was IFL Special Teams Player of the Year. He had nine return touchdowns that season.
The Fever and Ice meet in Colorado on May 20, and they could possibly meet in the postseason.