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Fever Hold on Late, Tackle Titans

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(From Tri-Cities Fever)
 
KENNEWICK, Wash. - The Tri-Cities Fever defense carried the load early in the season. The offense has started to come around as of late and improved with each game. Throw some great special teams play in there, and the Fever looks like the defending Intense Conference champions.
That's how it played out Saturday night as the Fever got a complete effort against a veteran Cedar Rapids team and held on for a 70-68 win over the Titans. It is the Fever's (3-6) second straight win, and it came on Go Pink Night where the players celebrated cancer awareness by wearing pink and blue jerseys.
"We haven't had all three phases like that going at the same time this season," said receiver Steven Whitehead. "We got that tonight and when we do all that we're a pretty good team."
The Fever goes out on the road next Saturday night to play at Wyoming. It will be the third meeting of the season between the two Intense Conference rivals. The two teams have split the first two meetings, each team winning at home.
The Fever got off to a slow start against Cedar Rapids (5-4) and were on the ropes early as the Titans looked like they were going to pull away. But then in the matter 47 seconds the game took a complete 180.
The Fever trailed 30-14 after a Laron Council 3-yard touchdown run with 3:32 left in the half. After a stalled drive, Brady Beeson hit a 44-yard field goal with 1:00 left in the second quarter. Boris Lee recovered the ensuing kickoff and gave the Fever the ball back at the Cedar Rapids 12-yard line. Three plays later, Dante Warren hit Tre Young for a touchdown play to cut the margin 30-23.
On the following kick, Keithon Flemming picked up another muffed kickoff in the end zone as the Fever tied the game at 30. The Fever kept things rolling as Malcom Riley sacked Titans quarterback Charles McCullum in the end zone for a safety two plays later.
Forty-seven seconds, 18 points. The Fever went from trailing 30-14 to leading 32-30.
"Special teams stepped up big time tonight," said linebacker Boris Lee. "Those plays were huge for us to get some momentum."
Cedar Rapids stopped the bleeding right before halftime when Radamez Rubio hit a 19-yard field to give the Titans the lead back.
The lead was short-lived as the Fever built off the late second-half flurry in the third quarter. Flemming scored back-to-back touchdowns, the second on a 7-yard pass from Warrant as the Fever led 51-41.
However, the Titans didn't go away and regained the lead at 54-51 early in the fourth quarter. The Fever had the answer again, thanks to a Warren touchdown run and a incredible defensive play by Dennis Rogan. Rogan grabbed a tipped ball for the interception and ran it 56 yards down the left side line for a touchdown and the Fever led 63-54.
Warren capped the scoring and put the game away with 42 seconds left on an 11-yard touchdown run.
"The guys stepped up tonight and did what they had to do,"said Fever coach Adam Shackleford.
Warren, in his fourth start, had 15 rushes for 75 yards and four touchdowns. He also passed for 125 yards on 12 of 26 passing for three touchdowns.
Flemming added 64 yards rushing on 14 carries and scored once. He also had two receptions for 12 yards and a score.
Young caught four passes for 61 yards and two scores. Whitehead added a team-high five catches for 45 yards.
"I honestly thought if we got in a shootout tonight that they would have the advantage," Shackleford said. "But we found a way to win and I am proud of my guys."
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