Fever Fall to Stockton in Home Opener, 46-32Posted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, Wash - QB Chad Elliott and WR Thyron Lewis connected for 2 touchdowns early in the first quarter to give Stockton a 13-0 lead. Tri-Cities would never get closer than one score after that point as the Stockton Lightning beat the Tri-Cities Fever 46-32 Friday night.
Starting Fever QB John Pierce was shaky his first two drives with only 1 completion, but settled down and on his third attempt drove the field ending with a touchdown pass to WR Phil Goodman. Pierce ended the half going 13 for 23 for 115 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception.
At half time Coach Walker made a QB change to backup Jason Campbell, former Everett player under Walker. Campbell went 13 for 20 with 134 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.
Every time the Fever got within a touchdown of the Lightning, Stockton would drive the field and score on the ensuing possession.
With a comeback in the balance Tri-Cities turned the ball over on downs with 4:10 left in the game and Stockton never relinquished possession.
Score By Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
Stockton Lightning 13 20 6 7 46
Tri-Cities Fever 7 13 12 0 32
Passing: Chad Elliott 19-30-1-168 (Stockton), Jason Campbell 13-20-1-134 (Tri-Cities)
Receiving: Thomas, Hannibal 9-38-2 (Stockton), Jones, LaMonte' 11-132-2 (Tri-Cities)
Schutt Offensive Player of the Game: Chad Elliot
ADT Defensive Player of the Game: Charles Ealy
US Army Strong Ironman of the Game: Phil Goodman
Cutters Playmaker of the Game: Thyron Lewis
US Cellular Special Teams Star of the Game: Michael Hooper
After the game Fever head coach Cedric Walker called his team's effort an "embarassment" and said that he will be making changes very soon in order to remedy this problem before the Fever's April 13th matchup against Spokane.