The Tri-Cities Fever held off the Wyoming Cavalry 30-26 in Casper, Wyo., on Friday night to win its 10th Indoor Football League game of the season.
Fever quarterback Houston Lillard threw for 207 yards and three touchdowns, while receiver Sean Creadick had six catches for 77 yards and two TDs.
The score was closer than might be expected for the 10-1 Fever against the 3-8 Cavalry, but Fever coach Adam Shackleford wasn’t surprised.
“After a 16-hour bus ride and dealing with a tough trip, getting out with a win was all I asked the guys to do, and they did it,” said Shackleford. “When I originally saw the schedule, I knew this was gonna be a tough one because of the bus trip and it’s between the Sioux Falls games.”
Outside of two 4-hour bus trips to Everett this season, the Fever has flown to all other roads games except Friday’s.
“We probably left 17 points on the field tonight (offensively),” said Shackleford. “But we got a lot of pressure on their quarterback.”
Shackleford praised the play of newcomers Josh Bey and Ryan Tolar.
Bey had four special teams tackles, and Tolar played the entire game on the offensive line.
“Ryan Tolar played real well,” said Shackleford. “He had the whole game to prove himself. Bey gave our kickoff team a boost that we really haven’t had since last year.”
Dennis Kenedy finished with 103 yards of offense for the Fever — 52 yards in receptions and 51 yards rushing.
The Fever plays next Saturday against the Sioux Falls Storm in the Toyota Center.