Fire Falls In Opener
Louisville, KY - The Louisville Fire started off their home opener blazing the field. The Fire sacked the Boise quarterback during the second pass to result in a safety. The Fire again lit up the field with a touchdown, making the opening score 9-0. However, the Boise Burn countered with a touchdown with nine minutes left. The Burn showed they are competitive by scoring another touchdown with four minutes left in the first. After a failed onside kick by the Burn, the Fire recovered to result in another Fire touchdown by Joel Steele.
At the start of the second the Burn scored making it 17-15. The Fire seemed to fizzle a little with an interception for Boise. Boise QB Bart Hendricks overthrew a pass resulting in his receiver, Casey Allen, and a Fire teammate flying over the wall. Joel Steele threw an exceptional pass to Tiger Jones resulting in a Fire touchdown. Bart Hendricks was nearly sacked but managed to get the pass off to Lee Marks for the touchdown. Sullivan Beard of Boise intercepted a pass intended for Tiger Jones from Joel Steele with only 1 minute left in the second quarter. Boise led at halftime 31-20.
The Fire seemed to be flittering out as the Burn nabbed another interception to take it in for a touchdown. Early in the third quarter Matt Forbes picked off Bart Hendricks and smoked the competition with a touchdown. Forbes now holds the af2 record with 28 career interceptions. The Fire's two point conversion was good. On the kick return Boise fumbled the ball and Louisville's Dave Hendrix recovered.
The Fire began to come on strong in the 4th quarter as Demetrius Forney drove in for a touchdown to make the score 44-39, in favor of the Burn. However the Burn quickly answered making the score 50-39 for the Burn. With 5:27 left in the 4th, the Louisville Fire kept the action hot with a touchdown by Demetrius Forney making the score 46-50. The Boise Burn continued their streak by scoring again, holding the score at 46-57. With only 11 seconds left in the 4th quarter Joel Steele and Lonnell Dewalt connected for yet another Fire touchdown, 52-55 with the Burn leading.
Unfortunately the season opener did not turn out the way the Fire wanted, losing 52-55 to the Boise Burn. But this comeback effort proves that every fan of the Fire is in for a huge treat this season.
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