KENNEWICK, Wash. - The Tri-Cities Fever are hoping two things go right for them this weekend. First, they want win number one of the 2009 season. Secondly, they hope to bring the series back to .500 against West Division rival, Boise.
The Fever and Burn meet up Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.
The last time the two teams played, Boise burned the Fever 34-52. A win on Friday would even the series at 3 wins apiece, give the Fever their first win of 2009, and give head coach Richard Davis his first win as a member of the Fever organization.
If Davis pulls out the win, he'll do it with a rookie team, quite literally. There are 20 players on the team, 14 of which are brand new to arena football.
"We're a developmental league. So I don't believe it's necessarily a bad thing to bring in a bunch of rookies," said Davis. "As long as you trust your skills as a teacher - if you think you can educate your kids and teach them the nuances of the game, then you having rookies are a good thing.
Davis said rookie or veteran, he likes the team he has, and he likes their chances of exceeding expectations.
The Fever lost their season opener 47-38 last week against Central Valley in Fresno, California.