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Fire Drop Season Finale To Lions

June 27, 2014 - Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) - Georgia Fire News Release

ROME, GA (June 27, 2014) - Ending their inaugural season, the Georgia Fire (4-8) of the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) fall victim to in-state division rival Columbus for third time losing Friday night 69-55.

Similar to the first two meetings from back in April, Columbus dominated all three facets of the game outgaining the Fire 277-228 in yards along with the Lions defense creating two turnovers returning one for a score as well as notching a safety. Lions kicker Craig Camay continued his hot Uno streak knocking in another five give him a total of 11 in a six-day span.

Despite scoring touchdowns on their opening four drives, the Fire offense went into a cold spell midway through the 2nd quarter failing to find the end-zone on three consecutive drives watching the Lions extend their lead by twelve, 54-42. Lester and company would itch their way back connecting with tight end eligible receiver Aaron Wheeler for his fifth of six TD passes on the night, but unfortunately in the final quarter the division rivals would just trade blows matching each other score for score ultimately leading to the Lions 69-55 victory.

For the first time since 2009, Lester will finish the regular season not having picked up a victory against Columbus while the Lions improve their record to 7-5 as they prepare for their PIFL Conference Championship meeting with Nashville next Saturday July 5th . With six more passing TD's and already the PIFL's all-time passing touchdown leader, Cecil will more than likely finish the season as the league's top passer holding a six TD edge over Trenton's Warren Smith who plays Nashville tomorrow night.

Costly mental breakdowns of which included a game-high 12 penalties nipped the Fire in the rear along with once again failing to eliminate the big-play, Georgia's defense gave up four touchdowns of 20 yards or more including two by Columbus fullback Kendrick Perry, nipped the Fire in the rear.

Despite all the odds and trying to understand where it all went wrong, the Fire can only look themselves in the mirror. Georgia arguably had one of the best receiving trios in the PIFL, but as much as the dished it out the Fire defense couldn't handle it surrendering a league high 71 TD's through the air with that marking the highest total allowed in a single-season in the league's three- year existence.

With end of season honors expected to be handed down in the coming weeks, some members of the Fire squad should expect recognition. To find out who earns some of the league's top honors, stay tuned to www.georgiafire.us and to see who makes it out of the PIFL's final four keep following the league at www.proifl.com .

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