For the second consecutive week, the Tri-Cities Fever dug itself a deep hole, rallied back within two scores, but eventually lost another Indoor Football League game.
Lorenzo Brown passed for 125 yards and five touchdowns to lead the host Sioux Falls Storm over the Fever 59-38 on Saturday night.
Tri-Cities came out slowly, as Sioux Falls built an early 33-7 lead.
Dominique Blackman got his second start for the Fever at quarterback, but he didn’t last long. He tossed consecutive interceptions in the second quarter, and Fever coach Adam Shackleford pulled him in favor of newly signed backup Patrick McCain.
“After two interceptions and being stale on offense, I needed to make a change,” Shackleford said in a radio interview after the game.
McClain, who had just a couple of practices with the team this past week, passed for 124 yards and two TDS. He also ran for another 61 yards and a score.
Steven Whitehead had another big game for the Fever, catching six passes for 104 yards and a score.
The Storm is 12-0 and will host games throughout the IFL playoffs.
While the Fever has lost three straight games and fall to 7-6, the team qualified for the playoffs two weeks ago and will travel to Nebraska in the first round at the end of the month.
Tri-Cities completes the regular season next Saturday with a home game against the Iowa Barnstormers. It has a bye week before the playoffs begin.