Kayne Farquharson Leads Team with 6 Receptions in Defeat

Sunday night’s season-opening loss to the Tri-Cities Fever did little to diminish the confidence of the Nebraska Danger’s players and coaches.
Tri-Cities, which advanced to last year’s Indoor Football League championship game, outscored the Danger 28-13 over the final three quarters to pull away for a 38-23 victory Sunday night at the Heartland Events Center. Still, Nebraska coach Mike Davis said he saw some encouraging signs.

“Our offensive line played great and our defensive line played great — I’m happy with that part,” Davis said. “We missed a lot of tackles and our timing was a little off on offense, but for us to be able to play with Tri-Cities, being that they’re one of the top two or three teams in the league, it showed that my guys never quit.

“We’re going to be just fine.”

The Fever (2-0), which is based in Kennewick, Wash., opened the season with a 70-44 victory over the Everett Raptors on Feb. 25 before traveling to Grand Island for its road opener. Despite taking an early 10-0 lead, Tri-Cities found itself tied with the Danger 10-10 after the opening quarter and led just 17-16 with 6:02 remaining in the first half.

Making his first IFL start, Danger quarterback Terry Mayo finished 16-of-39 passing for 193 yards and two TDs. However, the former Central Florida signal-caller was intercepted three times, including once in the end zone with two seconds left in the first half and later at the Fever 1-yard line 41 seconds to play.

“Like any quarterback, I’ll take the blame when we don’t play as well as I know we can,” Mayo said. “There are a lot of things that we can fix. We’re a young team. Everybody can see that we’re explosive, we’re fast and we’ve got a great offensive line, a great offensive coordinator and coaches, so even though we lost tonight, I feel very confident about the rest of the season with what’s going on.”

Mayo’s top target was Kayne Farquharson, who had six receptions for 39 yards. Chris Bell finished with five receptions for 85 yards and two TDs for the Danger (0-1).

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