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Clinging On, Georgia Goes For Sweep Of Nashville

June 4, 2014 - Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) - Georgia Fire News Release

ROME, GA (June 4, 2014) - In need of a win to hold on to their playoff hopes, the Georgia Fire (3-5) of the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) host the first-place Nashville Venom (6-2), winners of three straight.

Football seasons often mirrors that of your favorite roller coaster, up and down and vice versa. Certainly can be the case for the expansion Georgia Fire. Just a month ago the club was riding high after two consecutive wins over the Nashville Venom. Who would have known that those two wins would stand as the clubs last victories?

It's anomaly few can explain. Back on May 10th, the Fire defeated the Venom for the second time in as many weeks behind a 344 passing yard performance from QB Cecil Lester tossing six touchdowns in what turned out to be a 58-56 shootout between the two clubs. The final determining factor in the game was kicker Ryan Gates game-winning 43-yard field goal as time expired.

Since then, Nashville has played like a team hungry for a championship winning three straight including last week's 72-53 victory over the Alabama Hammers, while the Fire have played like a club plagued by the domino effect of losing. Last Sunday, Georgia could not overcome a 29 point 2nd quarter by the Raiders ultimately losing 72-53.

Much of Nashville's turnaround can be contributed to the play of new quarterback Charles McCullum. Since being inserted into the starting role McCullum has completed 53 of 79 passes for 787 yards and 15 touchdowns with just three interceptions. He also earned the Week 10 PIFL Offensive Player of the Week nod throwing for a league-high 337 yards in their win over the Hammers. But the most important stat is the fact that Nashville is 3-0 in his starts.

Come Saturday will be anyone's guess as to which Fire team will show up. Will it be theclub that scored 50 plus points in back-to-back games at the start of last month, or the one that has had to play catch-up in the last two games falling behind by as many as two touchdowns in the 4th quarter of both contests?

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