What looked like a big night of offense for the Tri-Cities Fever turned into another struggle to score Friday in a 23-20 loss at the Green Bay Blizzard in IFL play.
The Fever (3-11) got off to a quick start with touchdowns on their opening two drives. But the second half turned up zeros as they lost their seventh straight game.
Tri-Cities took advantage of Green Bay’s IFL-worst scoring defense early, thanks to a touchdown throw and then a scoring run by recently signed quarterback Jawad Yatum.
First, Yatum found Chris Gant on a seven-yard touchdown throw to finish the game’s opening drive. The Fever then marched 33 yards on their second drive, capped by Yatum’s 13-yard scoring dash for a 14-0 lead midway through the first period.
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Green Bay answered back with a pair of touchdowns, starting with David Toriola’s 11-yard scoop-and-score after Yatum was sacked by Karl Mickelsen. A field goal pulled.
Missed extra points by Green Bay (5-10) left the Fever still ahead 14-12, and Tri-City tacked on another Yatum scoring runs — this one from 4 yards out — to take an eight-point edge into locker room at the half.
The second half was an offensive nightmare, with the Blizzard mustering just 11 points while shutting out Tri-Cities.
The Fever managed just 123 yards of offense, and the teams combined for 306.
Blizzard 23, Fever 20
TC — Gant 7 pass from Yatum (Zeidman kick)
TC — Yatum 13 run (Zeidman kick)
GB — Toriola 11 fumble return (kick fail)
GB — Tacoi 10 pass from Behrendt (pass fail)
TC — Yatum 4 run (kick fail)
GB — Summers 5 pass from Behrendt (pass fail)
GB — Safety
GB — FG Arevalo 26
RUSHING — TC, Gant 2-18, Brown 5-18, Yatum 13-0. GB, Behrendt 10-17, Buje 5-11, Goodwyn 6-(minus 1), Legania 0-(minus 2).
PASSING — TC, Yatum 9-17-1—87. GB, Behrendt 15-31-2—158.
RECEIVING — TC, Gant 4-50, Foster 2-32, Brown 2-3, Spiller 1-2. GC, Summers 6-76, Willis 3-34, Goodwyn 4-25, Sawyer 1-13, Sumier 1-10.