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Fever Surpass 50 points, Soundly Defeat Lightning 57-44

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KENNEWICK, Wash - Coach Tony Wells said he's been surprised that his team hasn't been able to score more than 50 points this season, well tonight he got his wish.  The Tri-Cities Fever took the lead just over a minute into the game and never lost it, finally beating the Stockton Lightning 57-44. 

Wide Receiver J.R. Thomas put forth a magnificent effort, catching 10 passes for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns.  The man tossing him the ball, Brian Baker, had an equally excellent evening, finishing 18-26 passing for 220 yards, 5 touchdowns and no interceptions.  Baker also rushed for two touchdowns himself.  Robert Garth again proving his "Ironman" and Superman status, scoring two touchdowns and helping to shut down the Stockton offense. 

One player to really redeem himself was kicker Wes Virgilio.  Going into tonight's game Virgilio was very weak on both field goals and extra points.  Tonight, he had one kick blocked, and finished 6-8 for extra points with a field goal. 

Another star performance came from Emery Beckles.  Beckles, usually used solely as the kick returner, saw time on both offense and defense tonight, scoring the win-sealing touchdown in the fourth quarter for the Fever.  That touchdown was set up by Beckles' own kickoff return of 35 yards!

The Fever's offense really clilcked against the Lightning, especially considering starters Frank McCray and Leroy McFadden were out with injuries, and a hodge-podge of offensive lineman were thrown together this week.  Couple that with a defense that forced an interception and held strong when it mattered the most, and you've got the first complete game from the Tri-Cities Fever.

The Fever's next matchup is next Saturday.  They are on the road to face the Green Bay Blizzard.