Fire Defeats Jungle Kats 61-54
The Louisville Fire got off to a slow start against Cincinnati, allowing Cincinnati to score only two minutes into the game making the score 7-0. However, the Fire quickly ignited when Matt Sauk and Quorey Payne connected to tie the score. The Jungle Kats took the lead again on a punt, making the score 10-7. After two failed attempts Matt Sauk completed his second touchdown pass of the night. The Fire took the lead 14-10.
The Fire scored in the second when Sauk delivered to Payne for their second touchdown combo of the night. A failed extra point stretched the lead for the Fire by six; Fire 20 - Jungle Kats 10. The Jungle Kats scratched their way back scoring a touchdown to make the score 20-17. Late in the 2nd as Matt Sauk was passing he was sacked by a Cincinnati player causing the Fire to take the field goal. Dave Hendrix kick was good, lifting the Fire above the Kats 23-17. After a faulty play by the Kats the Fire's Jerome Walker was able to come up with a safety. The score: 25-17. With 1:21 left Demetrius Forney was able to slice through the Kats offensive line and sack quarterback Eddie Eviston. Eviston recovered by connecting with wide receiver Deontrae Johnson for the touchdown. Though there were only six seconds left Sauk and Tiger Jones connected for another Fire first down. This enabled Gordon Miles to blaze up the field on the next play and receive the touchdown pass. At halftime the score was 32-24.
To open the half Sauk was successful on four of five passes. However, an incomplete pass to Payne forced a field goal. Dave Hendrix kick was successful, increasing the lead 35 -24. After two near turnovers, the Kats gave the ball back to the Fire on a fumble. Sauk completed a deep pass to Payne which would have set the Fire up in the Red Zone but a holding call negated the play. The Kats scored on the ensuing possession when Evitson and Kamau Jackson connected for a touchdown. A two point conversion was good, Fire 35 - Kats 32. Nick Roberts carried for a touchdown in the closing seconds of the third quarter. The Fire pushed their lead back to 41-32. Right before third quarter came to a close, the Kats fumbled the kick off, giving the Fire possession to begin the fourth and final period.
On the first play of the 4th, Sauk threw a bullet to wide receiver Gordon Miles to increase the lead to 15, after a failed extra point attempt by Hendrix. It did not take long for the Kats to respond, scoring a touchdown and added to their score with a successful two point conversion. The Fire lead 47-40. Following an unsuccessful onside kick by the Kats, Forney scored on a carry the lead and to lead 54-40. Once again the Kats responded when Evitson connected with James Lewis for a 38 yard touchdown to cut the lead back to seven. The Fire went for it on fourth down with 2:34 left in and was unsuccessful, but defensive pass interference placed the ball in the red zone. Sauk then tossed a perfect touchdown pass to Tiger Jones. Fire then led, 61 - 47. With a minute to go the heat increased on the Kats, as Brent Maddox sacked. However, a strike from Evitson to Johnson cut the lead to six, extra point was good. With 32 seconds left in the game, the Fire was in command 61 - 54. An onside kick recovered by the Fire gave them excellent field possession and the ball. The Kats could not come up with a defensive stop and the Fire were victorious, Louisville Fire 61 - Cincinnati Jungle Kats 54.
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