Today’s Indoor Football League game between the Tri-Cities Fever and the Wyoming Cavalry in Casper, Wyo., means a shot at redemption for both teams.
Tonight’s game kicks off at 6:05 p.m.
For the Fever, it’s a chance to forget about last week’s 55-16 loss at Sioux Falls and get back in the win column.
For the Cavalry, it’s a chance to forget about its 59-46 loss to Colorado, in which the visiting Ice set a league record for yards rushing in a game with 260.
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“For us, the first thing we need to do against the Fever is stop the run,” Wyoming coach Dan Maciejczak said. “Last week killed us.”
Of course, Fever coach Adam Shackleford said earlier this week that his offense needs to run the football.
So expect Fever running back Dennis Kennedy, receiver Steven Whitehead and quarterback Houston Lillard to get some opportunities to carry the football.
Defensively, the Fever have to stop Cavalry quarterback Matt Strand.
“They have an opportunistic offense,” Shackleford said. “Strand and receiver Jasonus Tillery are a dangerous combination. We have to make their quarterback scramble, and hopes he makes mistakes.”
While the Fever sits atop the Intense Conference at 9-1, Wyoming is near the bottom at 3-7.
And while Maciejczak has seen the film from last week’s Fever game, he puts no stock in Tri-Cities’ performance.
“Those are the No. 1 and 2 teams in the league,” Maciejczak said. “What you do is watch the film and look for tendencies.”
Maciejzack is hoping his offense can pick things up against the Fever.
“Offensively we’ve got to put points up on the board,” he said. “We leave a lot of points on the board. Strand is playing well. But we’ve had a lot of injuries through the course of the season. So the roster has changed from week to week.”
Part of his problem is getting players to come to Wyoming.
“Recruiting to Casper is tough,” Maciejzack said. “Denver is the closest big city to get a guy in, and we don’t pay for transportation. It’s a tough place to recruit.”
By the numbers: The Fever fell into third place in scoring, averaging 53 points a game. Wyoming is 10th at 45.9. ... Tri-Cities is ranked sixth on defense, surrendering an average of 43.7 points per game. Wyoming is 15th at 55.4. ... Kennedy is ranked third in total yardage with 1,102 yards, while Whitehead is fourth at 1,025. ... Lillard is still second in the IFL with a QB rating of 109.5. Strand is fifth at 99.1. Strand is second in passing yardage at 2,262. Lillard is fourth at 1,831. Strand leads the league with 51 TD passes, while Lillard is third with 41. ... Kennedy ranks fourth in rushing yards with 418, and fourth with 13 rushing touchdowns. ... This game will feature the league’s top three receivers: Tillery with 69 catches, Wyoming teammate Dante Dudley with 68 catches, and Whitehead with 63. ... Tillery has the most reception yards at 885, while Whitehead is didth at 601. Tillery is second with 22 TD catches, while Whitehead is fifth with 18. ... Fever DB Lionell Singleton is fifth in the league with 71 tackles. ... Fever DL Jake Killeen is second in quarterback sacks with 8.5. ... Singleton ranks first with 11 interceptions, while Wyoming’s Michael Eby is fifth with 5.