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Tri-Cities Fever wants to be balanced on offense

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Tri-Cities Fever is off to a good start in 2012. The Fever beat Everett 70-44 on Saturday.

Head Coach Adam Shackleford has stressed the importance of being more balanced offensively this season. The Fever was just that in their week one win. Tri-Cities rushed the ball 25 times and threw it 22 times. Fever quarterback Houston Lillard threw for five touchdowns, and starting running back Dennis Kennedy rushed for two touchdowns. The Fever wants to continue the new gameplan when they play the Nebraska Danger this Sunday.

"We had to get Dennis Kennedy involved and have him run the football. We also got the other guys involved in the running game. We have a bigger and more physical offensive line this year that I think we're going to be able to do that if we need to. We still like to throw the ball, but we'll score any way they allow us to," said Shackleford.

"Any running back likes to hear the run play called. So it does help the team out. It takes pressure off the quarterback and the receivers a little bit too," Kennedy said.