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Everett Looks To Cure Fever

July 13, 2005 - National Indoor Football League (NIFL) - Everett Hawks News Release

The excitement in Everett, WA continues to build as the Everett Hawks continue their dominance in the National Indoor Football League (NIFL). The Hawks are scheduled to face the Tri-Cities Fever this Friday at the Everett Events Center with a 7:05pm kickoff.

It's a battle for bragging rights between Eastern Washington and Western Washington. This will be the third time the two teams have met. The previous two games both took place back in April, with the Hawks getting close victories in both.

Playoffs started last week with the Hawks playing host to the Billings Mavericks. The game was an exciting one for the Everett fans, as they went on to score 97 points against their big time rival. Tri-Cities on the other hand, had to travel to Casper, WY to face the Wyoming Cavalry in the first round. The game was close and went right down to the wire. The Fever were able to clinch a victory when Wyoming kicker Pete Garces missed a field goal in the final moments of the game.

Everett coach Dan Maciejczak had guaranteed a victory over Billings before last Saturday's 97-60 win, but he wasn't making any predictions for this game. "I won't put that pressure on my players again," Maciejczak told the Seattle Times. "I'm done with those predictions on the advice of my mother, who said it was a classless thing to do."

"Tri-Cities is a lot better defensively than Billings, but when our offense is rolling like it was the other night, there's no team that can really stop it," Maciejczak said. "We basically scored on every possession." Maciejczak said his team is looking forward to the challenge Tri-Cities is expected to bring. "We have a team that honestly needs a reason to play well," Maciejczak said. "Now that we're up against a good team, we have that reason."

The winner of Hawks/Fever game will face the winner of the Odessa/Corpus Christi game. It could potentially match-up two unbeaten teams in the Conference Championship. "Everett and Odessa, is a match-up everyone is hoping for. To undefeated teams meeting in the playoffs has never happened before," said Maciejczak. "We need to pack the stands with fans from here on out, it's playoff time, and the fans have been part of our success for the whole season." Tri-Cities is expected to have 400-500 fans traveling to Everett for the game Friday night.

Info About Everett Hawks Upcoming Opponent: The Tri-Cities Fever

Head Coach Dan Whitsett

A shocker for the Tri-Cities Fever. Just two weeks into their very first season, there is a new man in charge. Craig Beverlin resigned as head coach of the Fever. Beverlin described the move as a firing while the team called it a resignation, but the bottom line--the two parted ways over differences in player discipline and how the team was to be run on the field. Special teams coach Dan Whitsett took over on an interim basis and has made the most of the opportunity.

Whitsett began scouting both amateur and professional baseball talent for the Network Scouting Service. He has been responsible for sending over 80 baseball players to college and professional baseball in the last 10 years. His scouting abilities transferred into the game of football and since 2000 he has sent several small college athletes into Arena Football and to CFL camps. He is currently the Head Football and Baseball Coach at Tri-Cities Prep High School in Pasco.

Lee Leslie, a coach who led the Utah Warriors to the National Indoor Football League title game two years ago and will coach the new Salt Lake City team in the Arena Football League next year, will serve as a consultant to Fever coaches Dan Whitsett, Tim Maher, and Steve Farrington.

Everett Looks To Cure Fever The excitement in Everett, WA continues to build as the Everett Hawks continue their dominance in the National Indoor Football League (NIFL). The Hawks are scheduled to face the Tri-Cities Fever this Friday at the Everett Events Center with a 7:05pm kickoff. It's a battle for bragging rights between Eastern Washington and Western Washington. This will be the third time the two teams have met. The previous two games both took place back in April, with the Hawks getting close victories in both. Playoffs started last week with the Hawks playing host to the Billings Mavericks. The game was an exciting one for the Everett fans, as they went on to score 97 points against their big time rival. Tri-Cities on the other hand, had to travel to Casper, WY to face the Wyoming Cavalry in the first round. The game was close and went right down to the wire. The Fever were able to clinch a victory when Wyoming kicker Pete Garces missed a field goal in the final moments of the game. Everett coach Dan Maciejczak had guaranteed a victory over Billings before last Saturday's 97-60 win, but he wasn't making any predictions for this game. "I won't put that pressure on my players again," Maciejczak told the Seattle Times. "I'm done with those predictions on the advice of my mother, who said it was a classless thing to do." "Tri-Cities is a lot better defensively than Billings, but when our offense is rolling like it was the other night, there's no team that can really stop it," Maciejczak said. "We basically scored on every possession." Maciejczak said his team is looking forward to the challenge Tri-Cities is expected to bring. "We have a team that honestly needs a reason to play well," Maciejczak said. "Now that we're up against a good team, we have that reason." The winner of Hawks/Fever game will face the winner of the Odessa/Corpus Christi game. It could potentially match-up two unbeaten teams in the Conference Championship. "Everett and Odessa, is a match-up everyone is hoping for. To undefeated teams meeting in the playoffs has never happened before," said Maciejczak. "We need to pack the stands with fans from here on out, it's playoff time, and the fans have been part of our success for the whole season." Tri-Cities is expected to have 400-500 fans traveling to Everett for the game Friday night.

Info About Everett Hawks Upcoming Opponent: The Tri-Cities Fever

Head Coach Dan Whitsett

A shocker for the Tri-Cities Fever. Just two weeks into their very first season, there is a new man in charge. Craig Beverlin resigned as head coach of the Fever. Beverlin described the move as a firing while the team called it a resignation, but the bottom line--the two parted ways over differences in player discipline and how the team was to be run on the field. Special teams coach Dan Whitsett took over on an interim basis and has made the most of the opportunity. Whitsett began scouting both amateur and professional baseball talent for the Network Scouting Service. He has been responsible for sending over 80 baseball players to college and professional baseball in the last 10 years. His scouting abilities transferred into the game of football and since 2000 he has sent several small college athletes into Arena Football and to CFL camps. He is currently the Head Football and Baseball Coach at Tri-Cities Prep High School in Pasco. Lee Leslie, a coach who led the Utah Warriors to the National Indoor Football League title game two years ago and will coach the new Salt Lake City team in the Arena Football League next year, will serve as a consultant to Fever coaches Dan Whitsett, Tim Maher, and Steve Farrington.

Key Players for the Tri-Cities Fever

QB Doug Coleman
Height: 6'2
Weight: 245
College: Eastern New Mexico University

The Tri-Cities Fever announced the signing of veteran quarterback Doug Coleman. The 6'2", 245 QB Coleman played for the Houma Bayou Bucks in 2004. Coleman had 2,328 passing yards with 62 touchdowns and 47 rushing yards over a span of 12 games and 333 plays. He also led the Bayou Bucks to the playoffs. Coleman attended Eastern New Mexico University.

Coleman's signing with the Fever came after Tyler Thomas shattered his wrist during the Fever's first road game against the Wyoming Cavalry in week 6 of the season. Scott Mitchell was the original QB, but left the team after their coaching change. Coleman has put up All-Star like numbers this season, throwing for 2,115 yards and 50 touchdowns in only 10 games. He also was a key factor in the Fever's 100-17 victory over Lincoln.

RB Emmett White
Height: 6'0
Weight: 201
College: Utah State University

White, a Utah State All-American running back/kick returner was selected a preseason candidate for the 2001 Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation's top running back. He led the nation in all-purpose yardage a year ago with a 238.9 per game average for the sixth-best mark in NCAA history and was a third-team All-American as an all-purpose back.

He was a first-team all-Big West choice and set the NCAA single-game record with 578 all-purpose yards against New Mexico State. His 322 rushing yards that day were a school record and the second most in Big West history as well as the best mark in the nation that year. He also became the first player in school history to record 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in the same game.

White led the NIFL in receptions in 2003 with 100 receptions and was also among the top receivers in 2004. Everett receivers, Cory Grow and Jason Quinn, played with White during the 2003 season for the Utah Warriors. That combination, along with QB Danny Ragsdale, held the record for the top scoring offense in NIFL history until that record was broke this season by the Everett Hawks.

WR Kevin Heard
Height: 6'0
Weight: 185
College: University of Southern Mississippi

Heard is a four year NIFL veteran receiver, ranking among the best in the National Indoor Football League. Heard began the season with the Miami Morays and asked for his release mid-season so that he could become available to the Fever and reunite himself with Quarterback Doug Coleman.

Last season Heard played along side quarterback Doug Coleman with the Houma Bayou Bucks where he caught 91 passes for 1,400 yards and 40 touchdowns. In 2001, he was a member of the Mississippi Fire Dogs that went 17 - 1.

Heard attended Southern Mississippi where he played receiver along side future NFL players Patrick Surtain and Todd Pinkston. He was also a member of the Track and Field Team where he was a long jumper.

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