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Amarillo Dusts Fever 51-31

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - The Tri-Cities Fever continued to struggle as they turned the ball over 5 times en route to a 51-31 loss to the Amarillo Dusters (7-7). The Fever fall to 4-10 with two games left, both on the road.

The Fever played without starting WR Phil Goodman, who awaits his hearing in a probation violation case stemming from a 2007 drug conviciton in California.

Tri-Cities defense came out strong in the first half causing a turnover on downs and a 21-yard fumble returned for a touchdown by Roderick Wright, but late interceptions by the Fever offense caused them to be down by 14 at the half.

Momentum fluctuated early in the second half, as Tali Ena (JLS Ironman of the Game) recovered a Kyle Hooper (1-2 FG; 4-4 PAT) onside kick, but Amarillo quickly retained possession with an interception.

Amarillo kept their playoff hopes alive with their win and Tri-Cities dropped their 5th straight and are now statistically out of the 2008 playoff race.

Score By Quarters                 1             2             3                4           Score        

Amarillo Dusters                      14           21           3               13               51

Tri-Cites Fever                         14            7           3               7       31


PASSING: PIERCE (TRI) 13-28-140-2; REESE (AMR) 13-30-195-5


JLS Ironman:  Tali Ena (TRI)

ADT Defensive Player of the Game: Gerald Washington (AMR)

Schutt Offensive Player of the Game: Craig Fulton (AMR)

Cutters Catch of the Game: LaMonte' Jones (TRI)

Attendance: 4,084