Tri-Cities Fever

Years of Existence: 2007-2009
Venue: Toyota Center (Kennewick, WA)
2007 - Playoff appearance
2008 -
2009 -
Lifetime Record: 15-34
Home: 11-13
Away: 4-21
Playoffs: 0-1
Average Attendance: 3,835

The Tri-Cities joined the af2 after spending two seasons in the very unstable NIFL. Quarterback Brian Baker led the team for most of the year, passing for 92 touchdowns to just 18 interceptions. However, the team only went 8-7 with him. After he went down with a leg injury, Colin Drafts became the starter for the team's final game of the year at Boise. Despite losing that game and the two previous ones, Tri-Cities got into the playoffs at 8-8 by way of a tiebreaker over Boise. The Fever and three former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers stars traveled to Pennsylvania for a first round game. Former Pioneers JR Thomas, Leroy McFadden, and Jamie Hattley all played well against their former team and coach. The Fever forced Ryan Vena to throw three interceptions and gave the Pioneers an incredibly physical game. However, penalties and mistakes led to a 57-54 Pioneers home win. In 2008, the Fever would win just four games. Four players spent time at quarterback. LaMonte Jones and af2 veteran J.R. Thomas led the team by each catching over 1,000 yards and combining for 40 touchdowns. The four wins on the year came in the span of five weeks and many thought that the team would make a run. However, the team ended the year with seven consecutive losses. The Fever did not improve in 2009, winning just three contests. The team was outscored by an average of 57-34 Five players spent significant time at quarterback, amassing 57 touchdowns and 31 interceptions. Only one receiver stayed with the team for more than eleven games. The Fever fell behind quickly in most games, being outscored 221-98 in the first quarter. Twenty-one of the points came in the regular season home finale, as the Fever pasted the Central Valley Coyotes, 76-35. Following the 2009 season, the Fever joined the new AF1.