Last Saturday’s 33-6 Indoor Football League victory over the visiting Wyoming Cavalry was highlighted by Ryan Tolar’s farewell to the fans.
Tolar, a Pasco High School graduate who played for the University of Washington, has plans to get into a work career with one of the local trade unions.
So Saturday night was his final home game that punctuated a strong two-year career for the Fever.
“Just to be able to have the opportunity to come back home and play for this organization has been great,” said Tolar. “The guys I’ve played with have all been great. And to finish off my career in front of my family and friends is special. But it’s time to hang it up. I’m glad to have had the opportunity to play here.”
In the game’s final minute, Tolar came out with the offense for one final play.
Public address announcer Robb Francis praised Tolar to the fans. Tolar then walked over to head coach Adam Shackleford, and they embraced.
“They surprised me,” Tolar said. “I thought I was done (for the night). But they told me to get back out there. It was a real special treat for me.”
Tolar will travel with the Fever for the team’s final regular-season contest this Saturday in Nebraska against the Danger.
Notes: Fever defensive back Rudell Crim continues to get better.
Against the Cavalry, Crim picked off three passes. It was the first time ever Crim had more than two picks in a game.
The IFL also noticed his performance, naming him the league’s defensive player of the week.
Crim added five tackles in the contest. But the three interceptions gives him eight for the season, ranking him second in the entire league.
The leader? Crim’s Fever teammate, Lionell Singleton, who has nine.
Tri-Cities was just 53.2 seconds away from a shutout against Wyoming, arguably the best defensive effort by any Fever team.
“To hold them to six points, that’s pretty good,” said Crim. “All of what we did came from preparation throughout the week. Once we started doing our jobs, forcing turnovers and having fun we got going from there.”
In 2005, the Fever surrendered just 17 points in a National Indoor Football League against the Lincoln (Neb.) Capitols.
The final score was 100-17, and — like Saturday’s win over Wyoming — Tri-Cities forced seven Lincoln turnovers.
The Fever won’t be just going through the motions against Nebraska on Saturday (kickoff is at 5 p.m. PDT).
Shackleford said his team wants to finish with a .500 record at 7-7.
After a 1-6 start to the season, the Fever has won five of its last six contests.
“The reality is we found the pieces that we didn’t have at the beginning of the season,” said Shackleford. “The guys are playing for pride. They’re playing for (owner) Teri (Carr).”