KENNEWICK, Wash. - Dan Whitsett may be gone as the Tri-Cities' head coach, but his team is still around in the NIFL Playoffs. With their coach having unexpectedly resigned four days earlier, the Fever rose to the occassion and defeated the Wyoming Cavalry 45-20 at the Toyota Center in first-round playoff action. The team advances to play at Billings this Saturday.
A Paris Moore TD-run had the team out to a 13-0 lead in the second quarter. The Fever defense then made several stops to set the tone. The Cavalry were stuffed on 4th and goal their next possesion, and their following possesion were intercepted by the Fever's Sullivan Beard.
Wyoming cut it to a 5-point game in the 3rd, but the Fever pulled away in the 4th. Kevin Heard sealed it for the Fever with an interception he returned for a touchdown, making the final score 45-20. Overcoming the distraction of a coaching change wasn't easy.
"I think it made the team come together stronger," Heard said. "We've been communicating, we've just been playing football, everybody's excited cause we're trying to go all the way."
Quaterback Joe Wiser, making his first start since his knee injury against Rapid City, agreed. "It was big," he said. "We had a lot of adversity to overcome tonight. One thing we were saying all week, is we're going to stay together. We did stay together, and we came out with a win. It feels good."