KENNEWICK, Wash. -- In 2005, the Tri-Cities Fever beat a 16-0 West Texas team en route to a NIFL Championship.
This year, they hope to do the same against the 2011 Roughnecks on Monday night in their first home playoff game since 2006. On offense, quarterback Houston Lillard is working to make sure his unit limits mistakes and trying to make sure they master some new wrinkles that are being incorporated into the offense.
On defense, the Fever's plan is clear as well.
"We've got to be more physical," said coach Adam Shackleford. "I think that they are a physical football team. Athletically, I think we stand up to anybody in the league on defense. We have to be physical, we have to tackle well, and we've got to cover guys when things break down. We have got to know where their receivers are at and cover guys. They do a good job of scrambling out of trouble and finding the open guy."
The Fever kick off against West Texas Monday at 7:05pm at the Toyota Center.