The Tri-Cities Fever rallied Saturday night to defeat the Colorado Ice 41-37 in an Indoor Football League game at the Toyota Center in front of announced crowd of 1,850 fans.
Keithon Flemming’s 18-yard touchdown run with 13 seconds remaining in the game gave the Fever the go-ahead touchdown.
And then Fever defensive back Lionell Singleton intercepted Colorado quarterback Willie Copeland’s desperation pass in the end zone as time expired to clinch the victory.
It was Singleton’s second interception of the game, and his league-leading ninth this season.
Backup quarterback Andre Broadus came into the game when starter Dante Warren went down with a concussion.
Broadus played well, passing for 85 yards and one TD pass, and rushing for 24 more yards.
Fever head coach Adam Shackleford said Warren should be OK.
“He’s got a concussion,” said Shackleford. “Thank God for the bye week next week so he can recover. He’ll be back.”
But it was nice to know, Shackleford said, that Warren had a strong backup behind him.
“I think Colorado might have felt the game was over when Andre came in,” Shackleford said. “He is very athletic, throws the ball well. It’s nice to know we’ve got a guy who can back up Dante.”
Broadus was signed a few weeks ago by Shackleford.
Tri-Cities overcame 11 penalties for 120 yards to win the contest.
Flemming finished the game with 38 yards rushing and another 30 in receiving. But he found the end zone three times.
Tre Young caught five passes for 75 yards and a TD for the Fever.
Former Fever players Dennis Kennedy and Joe Thornton made the 2013 IFL debuts, playing for the Ice.
Kennedy rushed for three yards and scored a TD, but he also caught a TD pass for 41 yards.
Thornton made eight tackles for Colorado at linebacker.
Shackleford praised his defensive unit’s play.
“Our defense has done a great job,” he said. “Our defensive line doesn’t get enough credit for what it does.”
Tri-Cities has a bye next week, and won’t play again until June 8, when it plays host to the Wyoming Cavalry in the team’s final home game of the regular season.