KENNEWICK -- Toss out that 60-42 Tri-Cities Fever victory over the Kent Predators on April 10.
Just forget about it, because things have changed for the Predators since then: New owners, some new players, a new coach. And oh yeah, a new team name.
Meet the Seattle Timberwolves, who visit the Toyota Center at 7:05 p.m. today to take on the Fever in an Indoor Football League game.
Lakewood businessman Tom Dowling bought the franchise a few weeks ago, with league approval, because the previous ownership group was way in over its head and headed for a folding.
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Dowling decided to change the team name, let head coach Keith Evans go and hired veteran IFL coach Sean Ponder, who was the head coach at Fairbanks last season.
The Timberwolves' first game under Ponder turned out to be a 51-12 rout of the visiting Wenatchee Valley Venom. They had a bye last week.
"The first game he did some of his stuff," Fever coach Adam Shackleford said. "I think he's really smart enough not to make wholesale changes. They're better than their record indicates (2-5).
"I think this is the week we see his show. We think he's gonna spread us out and throw the football."
Shackleford said he and his assistants, Ryan Lingenfelder and Cleveland Pratt, spent the week breaking down all of last year's Fairbanks game films, as well as the Timberwolves' film from their last game.
Fever quarterback Houston Lillard has seen enough.
"There are obvious differences (from the last game against Kent)," Lillard said. "You know, it's all about respecting your opponent. Everybody in this league makes adjustments. So we're preparing for them like we've never played them before."
Ponder, who admits to getting just a couple of hours of sleep in the last week, said to hold off on the praise.
"It's only been one game," he said. "Our goal is to try to make the playoffs, and 2-5 is not ideal. The Fever has got a heck of a football team. They're 6-1. We're a long ways from being where the Fever's at. But we're striving to be at that level."
A couple things the Timberwolves do have are the arm and two legs of quarterback Charles McCullum, who has been a thorn in the side of the Fever the past two seasons.
"Charles is a good athlete," Ponder said. "I think he's learning the quarterback position. We use his feet first and his arm second. But I think he needs to get to the point where we use his arm first and his feet second. It's been a week and a half and he's not going to change his habits overnight."
NOTES:Ponder is the fourth coach in two years for the Timberwolves. ... The Fever is still second in the league in scoring at 61 points a game. Seattle is ninth at 44.9. ... Defensively, Tri-Cities ranks eighth by surrendering 39.1 points. Seattle is 17th at 50.3 points. ... Lillard still ranks second in the IFL with a QB rating of 108.5. He's tossed 33 touchdown passes and been intercepted five times. ... McCullum has a 97.5 QB rating, seventh best in the league. He's tossed 23 TD passes and six interceptions. ... Fever WR Joey Hew Len is fifth in the league with 42 receptions. His 524 yards ranks third. His 17 TD catches rank No. 1. ... Seattle WR Andre Jordan has just 27 catches. But they're for 519 yards for 19.2 yards a catch, third-best in the IFL. His 12 TD catches rank sixth. ... While Dennis Rogan returned his first kick for a touchdown last week for the Fever, DD Holyfield already has two for the Timberwolves. ... Former WSU linebacker Greg Trent is Seattle's top tackler with 45. Tri-Cities' leader is LB Jason Beauchamp with 45. ... Rogan ranks second in the league with six interceptions. ... Tonight's three inactives for the Fever are LB Joseph Thornton, and receivers Giovanni Stanley and Justin Jarvis. ... The Timberwolves have a distinct WSU connection, besides Trent. DL Fevaei Ahmu, WR Michael Bush, DB Xavier Hicks and OL Vaughn Lesuma also are on the Seattle roster.