Forget about that 55-16 loss to the Sioux Falls Storm a few weeks ago.
The Tri-Cities Fever has moved on for Round 2 with the Storm, set for 7:05 p.m. Saturday at the Toyota Center.
The game features the top two teams in the Indoor Football League, both leading their conferences -- the Fever at 10-1 in the Intense Conference, and the Storm at 10-0 atop the United Conference.
“We just need to play hard this game,” Fever quarterback Houston Lillard said. “At practice, the tempo has been competitive this week.”
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Fever coach Adam Shackleford said he and his team looked at the film from the last game against Sioux Falls, but just to see what they did wrong.
“We don’t factor in the last game,” Shackleford said. “I don’t see how that helps us at all. They’re a better football team than anyone else we’ve played all year. But we don’t think about that game. We use it as a learning tool and not as motivation.”
Sioux Falls coach Kurtiss Riggs said his team better not come into the Toyota Center overconfident.
“We have put zero into the game back in Sioux Falls,” Riggs said. “We compare this to an NBA series. With these two teams, whatever happened last game means nothing.”
In that last game, though, Sioux Falls found a way to stop the Fever offense.
“We first need to protect the ball,” Lillard said. “Our defense did a good enough job last time. If our offensive line can minimize mistakes, giving me more time, then we can move the ball.”
Riggs said his defensive unit played the best it had all season in that victory.
“I think we were able to get them out of their run game, and that helped,” Riggs said.
By the numbers rankings
1 -- Sioux Falls offense’s rank, averaging 66.9 points a game.
1 -- Storm QB Chris Dixon’s rank in quarterback rating at 135.2. Dixon also is the leader in passing yards at 2,531 and is tied for first with 19 rushing touchdowns.
1 -- Fever DB Lionell Singleton’s rank in interceptions, with 11. Singleton also ranks atop the pass breakups category with 11.
2 -- Storm defense’s rank, allowing 39.9 points a game.
2 -- Fever quarterback Houston Lillard’s ranking in QB rating at 111.3.
2 -- Dixon’s rank in TD passes, with 49. Dixon also is second in the league in rushing yards with 510.
2 -- Storm kicker Parker Douglass’ rank in extra-point success at 92 percent (85-for-92).
2 -- Number of kickoffs returned for a touchdown this season by the Storm’s Korey Williams.
2 -- Fever DL Jake Killeen’s rank in sacks, with 9.5.
3 -- Fever running back Dennis Kennedy’s rank in total yards at 1,228.
3 -- Lillard’s ranking in TD passes with 44.
3 -- Fever receiver Steven Whitehead’s ranking in receptions, with 66.
3 -- Storm receiver Carl Sims’ ranking in receiving yardage, with 784.
3 -- Storm receiver Clinton Solomon’s ranking in TD catches, with 21.
3 -- Fever DB Rudell Crim’s rank in pass breakups, with eight.
4 -- Fever QB Lillard’s rank in passing yards at 2,038.
4 -- Fever RB Kennedy’s rank in rushing, with 469 yards.
4 -- Fever DB Singleton’s rank in tackles, with 82.
5 -- Tri-Cities offense’s rank, averaging 50.9 points a game.
5 -- Whitehead’s rank in total yards at 1,052; he’s also fifth in TD catches with 18.
5 -- Solomon’s ranking in receiving yards, with 648.
6 -- Fever defense’s rank, surrendering 42.1 points a game.