Tri-Cities Fever

Fever blanked in second half, lose 23-20 to Green Bay in IFL

Tri-City Herald

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.

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

Tri-Cities

14

6

0

0

20

Green Bay

0

12

8

3

23

SCORING PLAYS

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

STATISTICS

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.

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