The Tri-Cities Fever fell short Saturday night against the defending indoor football league champions Sioux Falls Storm, losing 73-72 in overtime at the Toyota Center in front of a raucous crowd of 4,000.
Sioux Falls quarterback Chris Dixon’s 14 yard touchdown run tied the game in overtime at 72-72 and Parker Douglass’ extra point provided the winning difference.
Douglass’ kick was magnified after Fever kicker Michael Taylor missed his extra point attempt first in overtime after the Fever scored a touchdown when Houston Lillard hit Dennis Kennedy for a 5-yard touchdown pass
Taylor was just 2-for-8 on extra point kicks Saturday night. Regardless, it was a strong effort by the Fever which stayed stride for stride with the Storm the entire game.
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It was a better performance than the game at Sioux Falls May 12 when Storm routed Fever 55-16.
The game was a showcase for two of the top quarterbacks in the IFL.
Lillard finished the game with six touchdown passes and two TD runs.
Dixon passed 8 touchdown passes and had two TD runs.
The Fever found themselves down by two scores earlier in fourth quarter, but the team rallied to score the final two touchdowns of regulation when Kennedy first ran in from two yards out and then scored on a 10-yard touchdown run with two minutes left in regulation.
After Kennedy’s last TD, Sioux Falls had the ball at its own 16 when Douglass tried a 54 yard field goal with 25.5 seconds remaining. The kick was wide left.
The Fever had one last chance to win it in regulation getting the ball up to its own 22 yard line when Taylor’s 41-yard field goal attempt as time expired sailed wide left of the goal posts, forcing the overtime.
The Fever (10-2) travels to Colorado next Saturday. The Storm is now 11-0.