RICHLAND, Wash. -- On Monday night, a slow start against Fairbanks came back to haunt the Fever in its four overtime loss.
Come Sunday against IFL powerhouse, Billings, Tri-Cities knows it cannot afford another one. The Fever are operating on short rest this week in preparation for Sunday's game. The limited prep time does not concern coach. He just knows they need to come ready to play.
"If we take care of business in the first half then we don't have to worry about trying to fight back," said Head Coach Adam Shackleford. "It's just about maintaining our composure. I think they're going to get back on the field quickly and prove they're a good football team."
"The guys on this team, we believe we can punch anybody in the mouth and win," said Fever Receiver Kevin Heard. "We just have to minimize our mistakes."
The Fever looking to run down defending IFL champion, Billings, on Sunday. But right now, they don't have a practice field to run on.
Thursday, they practiced on Wisner Field at Badger Mountain Community Park. But, then the Richland Township sent them an email saying the field would be closed for turf improvements.