The Tri-Cities Fever got off to an early lead Friday but couldn’t hold on, suffering a 53-51 loss to the Spokane Empire in IFL action.
The Fever (3-6) led 31-18 at halftime before the hosts exploded over the final two quarters.
The Empire (7-1) scored two quick touchdowns in the second half to take the lead, then held a 53-42 edge with 11:42 left in the game.
The Fever responded with a character drive. They recovered their own fumble on a sack that would have snuffed the push. Then Pat McCain hit Akeem Foster on a 19-yard TD pass with 10:47 to play. The 2-point conversion and the ensuing rouge pulled Tri-Cities within two points, but neither team could get on the board after that.
The Fever made a final push, but Spokane came up with an interception in the end zone to snuff out a potential winning drive.
Tri-Cities moved the ball well in the first half. DeJuan Miller and Foster caught TD passes from McCain, and McCain also ran for a 1-yard score as the Fever opened a 20-12 lead early in the second quarter and kept the margin at 13 heading into the half.
Further details were not available Friday night.