The Tri-Cities Fever clinched at least a .500 season with a 64-35 Indoor Football League victory over the host Wyoming Cavalry on Friday night.
With the win, the Fever improves to 7-6 with just next Saturday’s home finale against the Colorado Ice left to play.
After getting off to a 1-5 start, Tri-Cities has rebounded to go 6-1 over the second half. Alas, it’s not enough for the team to make the playoffs, as both Nebraska and Colorado have clinched Intense Conference playoff berths.
On Friday night, running back Keithon Flemming and wide receiver Steven Whitehead were the Fever’s stars.
Flemming, who rushed for 103 yards in the team’s 94-30 victory over Wyoming two weeks ago — earning him the IFL’s offensive player of the week award — carried the ball 14 times Friday night for 116 yards rushing and five touchdowns.
That included TD runs of 45 and 27 yards.
Whitehead only scored twice, but he caught six passes for 131 yards.
After the first quarter, Tri-Cities always had at least a touchdown lead on Wyoming. But the Fever couldn’t shake the Cavalry until the fourth quarter.
Leading 42-35 with 10 minutes to play, the Fever jumped up to 50-35 when Houston Lillard ran in from 6 yards.
Flemming finished things off in the final 2:20 of the game, scoring touchdowns from 1 and 45 yards out for a final 29-point advantage.
The Fever finished with 401 yards of total offense.
Samuel Charles led the Cavalry (1-13) with 103 yards of receiving on 10 catches.