The Tri-Cities Fever plays host to the Wyoming Cavalry at 7:05 p.m. today in a situation where there is no room for any mistakes.
With the Colorado Ice beating Nebraska Danger 41-28 on Thursday night, the Fever (5-6) trails the second-place Ice (8-3) by three games for the final Intense Conference playoff spot.
And with just three games left on the regular-season schedule, the only thing left for Fever head coach Adam Shackleford and his players to do is take care of their own business.
With Wyoming (1-10) visiting the Toyota Center, Shackleford wants his team to concentrate on this game and not about the rest of the schedule or the team’s bye next week.
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“Wyoming has struggled,” said Shackleford. “This game, we have got to completely focus on us. And that’s no disrespect to their team.”
The Fever must get off to a quick start offensively tonight.
But the biggest key will be the Fever defense trying to contain the Cavalry’s Sam Durley, a young quarterback who has shown some signs of brilliance.
“We’ve got to get some defensive pressure on him,” said Shackleford. “They really don’t run the ball anymore, so he will throw the ball up in the air.”
Do that, said Shackleford, and he might start forcing his passes.
“He will try to fit the football in a tight hole,” he said. “I expect him to throw deep a lot.”
Tri-Cities is looking for its third consecutive Indoor Football League victory tonight, and its fifth victory in its last six games.