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Frank Borba has a very good problem.

The first-year Wyoming Cavalry quarterback, at 6-foot-3, is always standing behind a bunch of taller and wider offensive linemen.

"That's OK with me," Borba said. "I'd much rather worry about seeing over them than being on my back."

Borba finished 185 yards and six touchdowns in the Cavs' 66-38 win over the defending champion Tri-Cities (Wash.) Fever.

The group of guys in front of Borba, Ray Marshall (6-6, 350 pounds), Charlie Dutra (6-7, 335) and Ray Gilmore (6-1, 330), had another great game, keeping the quarterback on his feet for the entire game.

"They are like a brick wall in front of me," Borba said. "They let me stand back there and just pick defenses apart."

That is exactly what the National Indoor Football League rookie did.

He connected with Cory Grow for four touchdowns, including two in the first quarter as Wyoming (2-1) built a 14-0 lead. The Fever never got closer than 12 points after that.

"We jumped out to an early lead, and I think that took a little bit out of them," Wyoming coach Shannon Moore said. "Once we got up, we just kept leaning on them."

The Cavs' defense made it easy for the offense to keep leaning, forcing four turnovers and stopping the Fever inside the 10-yard line twice.

Micheaux Robinson tied a team record with three interceptions, while the defensive line chased the two Tri-Cities quarterbacks all over the backfield.

"The defense was just unreal," Moore said. "A lot of it was just getting those guys, especially the linemen, a lot of reps.

"We only had one lineman who had indoor experience, and once all those other guys got a couple games in, we started playing a lot better."

Wyoming also dominated the special teams battle, getting five kick returns for 103 yards and getting a 58-yard missed field goal return by Cedric Thompson.

Wyoming led 32-10 at the half, but the Cavs couldn't pull away in the second half.

The teams exchanged scores for the entire second half, including a 20-yard touchdown pass by Grow to Jason Quinn on a wide receiver screen.

Grow finished with six catches for 96 yards, while Quinn had three catches for 38 yards and two touchdowns. Jamar Farbes had four catches for 52 yards and a pair of scores.

"The way our offense works, everyone is an option," said Grow, who also serves as assistant offensive coordinator. "We've got some great receivers and it puts the defense in a bind. They have to defend me and Quinn deep, and then we've got some great guys who can get the underneath passes.

"Tonight was just my night to have a good night I guess. It's different every week."

The Cavs have another tough test ahead of them, going against the 3-0 Rapid City Flying Aces, who have outscored their opponents 253-14.

Contact sports reporter Ian Stauffer at (307) 266-0578 or {


PICKING IT: Defensive back Micheaux Robinson was named the defensive player of the game with three interceptions, which tied a team record.

RUFFIN STUFF: Kick returner J.R. Ruffin had another big day, finishing with 91 yards on four returns. He came close to breaking two but was tackled inside the 20-yard line both times.

CAT NAPPING: Defensive lineman Chris "Big Cat" Walker (6-foot-8, 310 pounds), who had a sack and batted five passes in the Cavs' win over Big Sky on March 24, was not in uniform on Friday. He said before the game that he wasn't hurt and wasn't sure why he wasn't playing.

New defensive lineman Ramon Ochoa (6-2, 280) dressed in his place and played most of the snaps. He finished with four tackles.

WYOMING DEBUT: Offensive lineman Ray Marshall (6-6, 350) started and played his first game for the Cavs. Lucian Scott, who started the first two games, was used sparingly.

KICKING BACK: The Cavs dressed kicker Nick Tomlinson, but he wasn't used very much. When he was, he didn't impress. He missed two extra points and a 47-yard field goal. He also had two kickoffs go out of bounds. Tomlinson did have two touchbacks and recorded a tackle on a long kickoff return.

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