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Round 2: Hawks vs. Fever

April 25, 2005 - National Indoor Football League (NIFL) - Everett Hawks News Release

After a nail-biting game last week, the Hawks will travel to Kennewick, WA play division foe, Tri-Cities Fever, for the second consecutive week. The Hawks escaped with 64-62 victory over the Fever last Thursday at the Everett Event Center.

The Fever gave the Hawks all they wanted, but Everett still prevailed. The Hawks were up eight points with only 15 seconds to go when Fever WR Nick Iano caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from QB Doug Coleman putting the Fever within two. Travis Slater stopped the Fever’s RB Jarvis Dunn on the potential tying two-point conversion.

Fans should expect a great game again this week. The Hawks are hoping their fans come support them on Saturday; much like Fever’s fans did for last Thursday’s game. “It should be a good game on Saturday. We want to go to Tri-Cities and show them that we are better defensively then we showed on Thursday,” said Everett Hawk’s Head Coach Dan Maciejczak. “They are a lot better then their record would indicate.” Coach Majic says when speaking of the Fever’s 2-3 record. Meanwhile, the Everett Hawks improved there are still undefeated. They improved their record to a league-best 5-0, one of the only two still unbeaten teams in the NIFL.

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 will take over on an interim basis

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.

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