KENNEWICK, Wash. - In a must win game for the Fever to stay in playoff contention, the Tri-Cities Fever pulled out a victory against the Amarillo Dusters 59-50. It was an old fashion Monday Night Football game at the Toyota Center where 4,933 fans came to cheer on their Tri-Cities Fever.
Once again it was the Fever's dangerous defense that seemed to be the difference maker against the Dusters. The defense forced 2 fumbles (recovered one) as well had three interceptions. No one had a bigger day on defense than Shannon Davis who forced a fumble as well as had two interceptions with one being returned for a touchdown. His effort against Amarillo earned him ADT Defensive Player of the Game. Shannon Davis leads the team in interceptions with 7 and now has 3 in his last two games.
Even with the Fever's defense, the score was 52-50 Fever with 0.54 seconds in the game and the Fever were facing a 4th and 9. The Fever had to get the first or else Amarillo would get the ball. Tri-Cities did one better with an amazing catch by WR Deontrae Johnson in the back of the endzone while being slammed into the boards. This gave the Fever a 59-50 lead and ultimately sealed the victory for Tri-Cities.
Next week the Fever travel to Spokane to take on division leader Spokane Shock. The winner of this game will determine first place in tough American West Division. The Fever's final home game is Saturday July 28 against division rival Boise Burn.
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
Tri-Cities Fever 14 14 18 13 59 Record:(8-5)
Amarillo Dusters 21 10 9 10 50 Record:(3-10)
PASSING: BAKER, Brian (TRI) 35-24--273; PANELLA, Steve (AMR) 41-16-188
RECEIVING: JOHNSON, Deontrae (TRI) 8-75-2; BERGESKI, Steven (AMR) 7-90-2
Schutt Offensive Player of the Game: Robert Garth (TRI)
U.S. Army Ironman of the Game: Jon Sessler (AMR)
ADT Defensive Player of the Game: Shannon Davis (TRI)
Cutters Catch of the Game: Deontrae Johnson (TRI) (0:54 in the 4th Quarter)