In critical moments leaders emerge. Last night, the Fever needed their leader to step up with the team trailing 14-3 to Fairbanks in the second quarter. Quarterback Houston Lillard, who was sidelined with a turf toe injury to start the game entered in the second quarter. He gave the team a spark as Tri-Cities picked up the victory 50-35.
With Houston in the game, the Fever outscoring the Grizzlies 47-21. Lillard guided the offense throwing for 129 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Lillard said, "I think this game developed a lot of trust in my teammates. I think they see me as a leader you know. A fighter... Somebody that's going to encourage the team and take them the right way. I think it helped a lot as far as being a team leader and stuff like that."
Head Coach Adam Shackleford added, "I was impressed in the way he gutted things out. We'll go back and look at the film you know he threw an interception on a deep ball... He probably should have taken the short one. He's a quarterback that most of the time makes the right decision. Does a good job."