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July 25, 2007 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Louisville Fire News Release

QUICK FACTS:

Louisville Fire (8-7) vs Tennessee Valley Vipers (7-8)

Date: Saturday, July 28, 2007

Kickoff: 7:00 P.M.

Site: Freedom Hall (15,646)

Officials: Referee: Gus Golembiewski; Umpire: Conrad Carney; Head Linesman: Gary Schildmeyer; Line Judge: Walter Starks; Back Judge: Jabir Walker

Radio: 1570-AM The Zone; louisvillefirefootball.com; Play-by-play Rob Gidel

Series Record: Tennessee Valley leads 2-1

Streaks: Fire lost 1, Vipers won 2

Coach: Tommy Johnson - Fire (44-37; 4-2 playoffs, Fourth Season)

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Fire: Matt Heitzmann, (502) 368-0009; (502) 593-9910

THE STAKES: The Fire return to Freedom Hall to take on the Tennessee Valley Vipers for a chance to build momentum before the af2 playoffs begin.

THE SERIES: This is the 3RD meeting between the Fire and the Vipers. The Vipers lead the series 2-1. The two teams last met on May 27, 2006 at Tennessee Valley. The Fire won 62-46.

THE IFs:

If Louisville defeats Tennessee Valley it would ...

- Give the Fire a 9-7 record

- Give the Fire an 14-13 record in July

- Give the Fire a 41-50 record all-time on Saturdays

- Give the Fire a 34-23 record all-time at home

- Clinch at least the 7th seed in the American Conference

LOUISVILLE (8-7), Lost 1

Date Opponent Result Score

3/30 Boise L 52-57

4/7 @ South Georgia L 53-77

4/13 Cincinnati W 61-54

4/21 @Alabama L 47-63

5/5 @ Mahoning Valley W 52-34

5/11 @ Ft. Wayne W 48-42

5/19 Alabama W 53-35

5/25 @ Quad City L 53-59

6/2 Green Bay W 39-33

6/16 Ft. Wayne L 34-52

6/23 @ Cincinnati W 58-35

6/30 @ Albany L 53-44

7/7 Mahoning Valley W 57-32

7/14 Quad City W 54-42

7/20 @ Green Bay L 48-74

Date Opponent Time Streak Series

7/28 Tennessee Valley 7:00 W 1 TV 2 - 1

TENNESSEE VALLEY (7-8), Won 2

Date Opponent Result Score

3/30 Alabama W 44-27

4/13 Florida L 34-61

4/21 @ South Georgia L 42-64

4/28 @ Florida W 39-38

5/4 Green Bay W 26-21

5/12 @ Cincinnati W 51-21

5/18 WB/Scranton L 30-34

5/26 @ Ft. Wayne L 33-56

6/1 @ Quad City L 22-45

6/9 Florida L 37-53

6/16 South Georgia L 65-68

6/30 @ Alabama W 35-33

7/7 @ Everett L 49-75

7/14 Ft. Wayne W 61-48

7/21 Mahoning Valley W 58-39

Date Opponent Time Streak Series

7/28 Louisville 7:00 L 1 TV 2 - 1

SCHUTT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME AWARD

(Selected by media)

Week Opp. Player Team

1 Boise Bart Hendricks BOI

2 @ S. Georgia D. Bryant SGA

3 Cincinnati Tiger Jones LOU

4 @ Alabama Markeith Cooper ALA

6 @ Mahoning Valley Tiger Jones LOU

7 @ Ft. Wayne Cody Hodges FWF

8 Alabama Tony Stallings LOU

9 @ Quad City Tom Anthony QCS

10 Green Bay Demetrius Forney LOU

12 Ft. Wayne Cesare Manning FTW

13 @ Cincinnati Tiger Jones LOU

14 @ Albany Ryan Hart ALY

15 Mahoning Valley Tiger Jones LOU

16 Quad City Joel Steels LOU

17 @ Green Bay Gino Guidugli GB

US ARMY IRONMAN OF THE GAME

(Selected by media)

Week Opp. Player Team

1 Boise Lee Marks BOI

2 @ S. Georgia James Harris SGA

3 Cincinnati Demetrius Forney LOU

4 @ Alabama Demetrius Forney LOU

6 @ Mahoning Valley Eddie Yauch LOU

7 @Ft. Wayne Tony Stallings LOU

8 Alabama Eddie Yauch LOU

9 @ Quad City Jeff Macrea QCS

10 Green Bay L. Matthews LOU

12 Ft. Wayne Demetrius Forney LOU

13 @ Cincinnati Joel Steele LOU

14 @ Albany Chris Curd ALY

15 Mahoning Valley Tony Stallings LOU

16 Quad City Nikolas Kerr QCS

17 @ Green Bay Gerald Harris GB

ADT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME AWARD

Selected by media)

Week Opp. Player Team

1 Boise Brandon Hazenburg BOI

2 @ S. Georgia Daryon Brutley SGA

3 Cincinnati Jerome Jones LOU

4 @ Alabama Willie Smith ALA

6 @ Mahoning Valley Nate Green LOU

7 @ Ft. Wayne Derek Brown FWF

8 Alabama Jerome Walker LOU

9 @ Quad City Jack Walker, Jr. QCS

10 Green Bay Nate Green LOU

12 Ft. Wayne Barry Drakeford FTW

13 @ Cincinnati Jerome Jones LOU

14 @ Albany Durrand Roundtree ALY

15 Mahoning Valley Nate Green LOU

16 Quad City Rusty Midlam LOU

17 @ Green Bay Ronnie Amadi GB

CUTTERS CATCH OF THE GAME

(Selected by media)

Week Opp. Player Team

1 Boise Lonnell Dewalt LOU

2 @ S. Georgia James Harris SGA

3 Cincinnati Quorey Payne LOU

4 @ Alabama Not Named --

6 @ Mahoning Valley Chris Archie MVT

7 @ Ft. Wayne Tiger Jones LOU

8 Alabama Tony Stallings LOU

9 @ Quad City Tom Anthony QCS

10 Green Bay Tiger Jones LOU

12 Ft. Wayne Cesare Manning FTW

13 @ Cincinnati D. Washington CIN

14 @ Albany Chris Curd ALY

15 Mahoning Valley Chris Johnson MVT

16 Quad City Kris Peters QCS

17 @ Green Bay Markevius Woods GB

HEAD COACH:

TOMMY JOHNSON, FIRE

Louisville Fire head coach Tommy Johnson, was born in Rome, Ga., and raised in Niceville, Fla. Johnson attended the University of Alabama, where he played defensive back. In 1992, he played on the Crimson Tide squad that defeated Miami for the National Championship. Johnson then continued his football career with the Jacksonville Jaguars and played in NFL Europe. He started his Arena football career with the Albany Firebirds, and moved on to the Carolina Cobras. Johnson presently holds the record for the longest interception return for a touchdown in AFL history. In 2001, Johnson began his coaching career with the Fire as defensive coordinator. Johnson, who was named head coach of the Fire in 2003, led the Fire to the ArenaCup championship game in 2005 and is the Fire's all-time leader in wins with 44. Off the field Johnson is active in the community staying busy with various speaking engagements and volunteering his time a Kentucky Country Day with their football team. Johnson is also a member of Southeast Christian Church.

FORWARD MOTION: The Fire will wrap up the regular season as they return home to take on the Vipers of Tennessee Valley on July 28th.

THE CENTURY MARK: Fire rookie wide receiver Tiger Jones has been a standout in his first five games recording 100-yards receiving in each game and currently has had ten 100-yard receiving games. Jones had a career high 169 yards in the Fire's win over Mahoning Valley. Jones is currently tied for fifth in receptions per game at 8.5, third in receiving yards with 1717, third in receiving yards a game with 114.5, and third in receptions with 128.

TEAM TRENDS

RECORD'S BROKEN: The Fire set an af2 record and a team record in the Fire's opening game against Boise. Fire defensive back Matt Forbes set the af2's all-time interception record with his third quarter interception. Forbes now has 30 career interceptions.

Also against Boise, the Fire's Demetrius "The Freight Train" Forney set the team record for yards per rush averaging 2.5 yards per carry on his 10 carries. On June 2 against Green Bay, Forney set the single season rushing record.

On May 25, against Quad City, Eddie Yauch set the single season sack record for the Fire with 6.5 sacks on the season. Rusty Midlam set the single season tackle record on July 20 against the Green Bay Blizzard.

Single Season Records:

Category Name Stat

Scoring MAGER, Rob, 2006 328

Passing Yards SAUK, Matt, 2005 5071

Passing TDs SAUK, Matt, 2005 112

Receptions MAGER, Rob, 2005 147

Receiving Yards MAGER, Rob, 2006 1918

Receiving TDs MAGER, Rob, 2006 54

100-Yd Receiving Gms JONES, Tiger, 2007 10

Rushing Yards FORNEY, Demetrius, 2007 243

Rushing TDs FORNEY, Demetrius, 2007 15

Interceptions THOMPSON, Arkee, 2003 10

Sacks YAUCH, Eddie, 2007 8

Tackles MIDLAM, Rusty 2007 69.5

MFG Return Yards MCDONALD, Brian, 2001 325

Kickoff Return Yards MCDONALD, Brian, 2001 1879

Combined Return Yds MCDONALD, Brian, 2001 2204

Field Goals Made SAMUEL, Marc, 2003 12

Single Game Records:

Category Name Stat

Scoring MANNING, Cesare, 6/24/05 42

Passing Yards SAUK, Matt, 6/16/05 396

Passing TDs DIETZ, Brett, 6/17/06 12

Receptions MAGER, Rob, 6/16/05 17

Receiving Yards SCOTT, James, 5/8/04 201

Receiving TDs MANNING, Cesare, 6/24/05 7

Rushing Yards JONES, Pookie, 7/19/03 70

Rushing TDs FORNEY, Demetrius, 5/27/05 5

Interceptions THOMPSON, Arkee, 4/19/03 3

Sacks TIPPINS, Aaron, 7/23/05 3.5

Tackles GREEN, Nate, 7/7/07 11.5

Field Goals Made Two Players Tied 3

Longest Field Goal KNIGHT, Danny, 6/24/05 61

TALE OF THE TAPE: Here's how the Fire and Tennessee Valley stack up:

Statistical LOUISVILLE TENNESSEE VALLEY

Category Rank Stat Rank Stat

Scoring Offense 14 50.1 26 41.7

Scoring Defense 17 49.3 9 45.5

Total Offense 13 277.7 28 215.5

Total Defense 10 250.0 17 258.1

Pass Offense 16 242.1 28 196.9

Pass Defense 13 230.7 7 224.2

Rushing Offense 1 35.6 18 18.6

Rushing Defense 14 19.3 30 33.9

Pass Efficiency 10 60.8 29 51.3

Turnover Margin 19 -0.27 10 0.20

Red Zone Offense % 9 82.5 27 64.1

Red Zone Defense % 19 77.8 11 75.4

Sacks By 8 26 22 19

Sacks Against 12 16 24 30

First Downs 8 287 28 205

Opp. First Downs 15 266 20 271

Penalties 19 60.5 29 74.5

Opp. Penalties 22 54.5 8 64.5

Time of Possession 7 31:11 20 29:17

LEAGUE TOP 10s: Players from the Fire who rank among af2's statistical leaders:

Player Rank Category Stat

FORNEY, Demetrius T-5 Rushing/G 17.4

FORNEY, Demetrius 4 Rushing Attempts 72

FORNEY, Demetrius 3 Rushing TD's 15

FORNEY, Demetrius 6 Rushing Yards 243

STALLINGS, Tony 6 MFG Returns Yards 153

JONES, Tiger 5 Receptions/G 8.5

JONES, Tiger 3 Receiving Yards 1717

JONES, Tiger 3 Receiving Yards/G 114.5

JONES, Tiger 3 Receptions 128

JONES, Tiger T-8 Receiving TD's 32

STEELE, Joel 9 Pass Comp. Pct 63.3

MIDLAM, Rusty 24 Tackles 69.5

FORBES, Matt T-26 Tackles 68.0

JONES, Jerome T-5 Fumbles Recovered 4

JONES, Jerome T-6 Forced Fumbles 4

HENDRIX, Dave T-6 Field Goal Pct 36.0

HENDRIX, Dave T-8 Field Goals 9

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