Cedar Rapids, IA — Come Saturday night, both the Cedar Rapids Titans (6-4) and Tri-Cities Fever (3-6) will be fighting to increase their odds of a spot in the Indoor Football League playoffs as the teams go head to head for the second time this season. Cedar Rapids won the first game this season 39-34 nearly two months ago on March 11 in Kennewick, WA.
The Titans, a team who has had a veteran quarterback at the helm each of their previous four seasons, took a different approach for their fifth season as they brought in rookie signal caller Dylan Favre. Favre, nephew of NFL Hall of Fame member Brett Favre, has left his own impression on the sport as he's near the top of the many IFL passing statistical categories. Through ten games, Favre has completed 133 of 210 passes for a league-high 1,531 yards. Favre's 63.3 percent completion percentage is third best in the league.
Tri-Cities will bring a unique two-quarterback attack when they take Mediacom Field on Saturday night. On paper, Patrick McCain (6'5", 230) and Hunter Wanket (6'4", 220) are two very comparable quarterbacks. McCain has completed 68 of 140 passes (48.6%) for 770 yards and 20 touchdowns while Wanket has 72 completions on 142 pass attempts (50.7%). Wanket has thrown for 782 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Second-year running back Waymon James paces the Titans' ground attack with 370 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns on a league-high 124 carries. James, who also serves as the team's primary kick returner, is second the IFL with 1,159 all-purpose yards.
McCain also leads the Fever on the ground, rushing for 278 yards and 11 yards on 66 carries. Rob Brown, a name familiar to Titans' fans, recently joined Tri-Cities and has recorded 40 rushes for 117 yards and five touchdowns through five appearances with the Fever.
A newcomer to the Titans, wide receiver Jared Elmore has proven to be one of the team's best acquisitions of the offseason as he's hauled in 44 receptions for 629 yards and a league-high 16 receiving touchdowns. IFL veteran Ryan Balentine has 466 yards and nine touchdowns on 39 receptions while Charles Watkins rounds out the Cedar Rapids receiving corps with 21 catches for 245 yards and six touchdowns.
A pair of large receivers lead the Fever receiving corps in Dejuan Miller (6'5", 216) and Akeem Foster (6'5", 225). Miller leads the team in receiving yards (508) while Foster leads in receiving touchdowns (11).
Linebacker Niko Sierra leads the Cedar Rapids defense with 67 tackles and six blocked kicks. Defensive linemen Jermiah Price and Xzavie Jackson are tied with a league-high seven sacks. Price is second in the IFL in tackles for loss (15.5) while Jackson is third with 12 and a half.
Defensively, Tri-Cities is anchored by defensive back Stephen Godbolt. Godbolt (5'11", 185) leads the team with 41 tackles. Linebacker Brandon Wilson leads the team in tackles for loss (9), sacks (4), and pass breakups (4) while defensive lineman Brandon Rankin leads the defensive unit with four blocked kicks. Fever defensive back Dee Maggit Jr. leads the team, and league, with seven interceptions.
Kickoff is slated for 7:05 p.m. from Mediacom Field at the U.S. Cellular Center.