Fire Defeats Quad City in Comeback Fashion
Louisville, KY - The Louisville Fire (8-5) hosted the Quad City Steamwheelers (6-7) in a match-up that may have implications on upcoming playoff scenarios for both teams. The Steamwheelers were first to strike with a 1-yard run by fullback A.J. Novak. The Fire followed up with a 17-yard pass from Brett Dietz to Rob Mager. The first quarter ended with a 28-yard Steamwheeler pass from quarterback Tim Hicks to wide receiver Tim Dodge. The Fire would find themselves trailing well into the game but looked to take advantage of the low-ranked Quad City defense.
As the Fire tried to fight back in the second quarter they continued to fall behind widening the gap. The Fire opened the quarter with a fumble recovery touchdown by wide receiver Nate Green as Dietz tried to make a play diving for the end zone. The Steamwheelers quickly answered back with a 41-yard interception return by defensive back Troy Graham. The Fire held onto the ball during the next drive and pounded in a 6-yard run by Scott Power. The remainder of the half was all Steamwheelers with a Hicks to Kris Peters 14-yard passing touchdown and a one yard rushing touchdown by Tim Hicks.
During the third quarter the Fire continued to fight to gain some ground against the Steamwheelers. The Fire opened the quarter with a 1-yard run by Nate Green bringing the Fire closer to the leading Steamwheelers. The Steamwheelers answered right back with a 9-yard pass from Hicks to Dodge. The quarter rounded out with another Fire touchdown pass from Dietz to Mager and a Steamwheeler passing touchdown from Hicks to wide receiver Jack Walker. The Fire were smoldering not being able to get a grasp on the Steamwheelers.
The fourth quarter began with a barrage of Fire scores beginning with a 7-yard pass from Dietz to receiving favorite Mager. Dietz then utilized another Fire weapon in wide receiver Dennis Fryzel trailing the Steamwheeler by one point 47-48. The air assault came to an end with a 15-yard power run by Scott Power adding to the 66 total rushing yards the Fire accumulated this contest. Even though the Fire made a nice effort for a comeback spoiler, the Steamwheelers still had some steam left as they completed a 20-yard passing touchdown from Hicks to Jack Walker Jr. Shortly after the Steamwheelers scored the Fire bounced right back with a score of their own with a 4-yard Fryzel rushing touchdown. Energy filled Freedom Hall as the Steamwheelers recovered an ill-fated onside kick by the Fire. The Steamwheelers scored quickly having excellent field position with only 47 secondss left in the game then leading the Fire 60-59. With 15 seconds left in the game Dietz took control of the game and ran in a 5-yard touchdown himself breaking the Steamwheelers and securing the number one spot in the division for the Fire this season.
The Fire find themselves on the road for the next two weeks against the high-powered Florida Firecats and division rival Green Bay Blizzard for what could be for the division and a spot in the playoffs.
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