Fever Comeback Comes Up Short, Boys Fall To Rapid City 38-33
KENNEWICK, Wa - It was almost another Steve Bartman scenario, but in a good way for the Fever. A late interception by the Rapid City Flying Aces was erased because a Fever fan had touched the ball in mid-air. But it was all for naught. The Fever offense, led by Joe Wiser, would get three more chances. On fourth down, Wiser's pass intended for Quincy Jackson was picked off for real, and the 38-33 Rapid City win was set in stone.
Tri-Cities still has a solid shot at making the post-season via a wild-card spot. With the loss, Tri-Cities maintains the best record (7-4) among second-place teams in the Pacific Conference. Of the three wild-card spots available, Beaumont and Wyoming are the strongest contenders. Beaumont beat Wyoming over the weekend, meaning they gain a game on the Fever and Wyoming loses one. But next week will be a big opportunity for the Fever as they travel to Beaumont to face the Drillers.
Wiser had a solid game completing 21 of his 44 pass attempts for four touchdowns and 170 yards. Jay Bailey recorded the only rushing TD for the Fever in the fourth quarter to cut the Aces' lead to five, where it would remain as time expired.
The Fever hits the road for three games to close the season out. They will be at Beaumont, at Billings, and at St. Joseph.