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Fire Go For Two In A Row Against Venom

May 7, 2014 - Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) - Georgia Fire News Release

ROME, GA (May 7, 2014) - Having proved they are a formidable foe at home, the Georgia Fire (2-2) of the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) once again hit the road this weekend for the first of a three-game road swing beginning this Saturday with the back half of a home and home clash against conference foe Nashville (3-1).

Written in 1886, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde explored the case of a man having dual personalities. One can say the same for the expansion Georgia Fire, who through four games (two home and two away) have looked like two different teams in that span. At home, the defense has come away with a total of five turnovers, including three last week in the 49-42 victory over Nashville. While on the road the team has yet to come away with a takeaway while the offense has managed to turn the ball over a combined six times away from home.

It's a trend that will have to evaporate over the next month if the expansion Fire hopes to continue competing in the PIFL's American Conference. Beginning this Saturday, Georgia embarks on a three-game road trip that will eat up over 1,029 miles with the longest trip coming next weekend to Harrisburg. Just one month into the season they find themselves only a half game out of the second playoff spot.

Nashville got an unexpected break before last week's meeting due to Venom QB Alex Carder getting signed by the AFL's New Orleans Voodoo. As a result the Venom offense was lackluster with QB's George Murray and Lee Chapple splitting duties combining to 21 of 36 passes for just 196 yards. Despite the sluggish offensive performance, WR Phillip Barnett had a career night hauling in a league-high four touchdowns for the week.

The Fire offense didn't fare much better barely getting 200 yards of total offense. Key red-zone conversions (5 of 5) as well as having a 50% 3rd down conversion rate propelled Georgia to the victory. It was the highest point output any team had scored on Nashville through their first four games, not to mention they entered last week's meeting with the number one scoring defense.

Fans should once expect turnovers to be the deciding factor in who comes out on top of Saturday's meeting. In every game this season Nashville has intercepted multiple passes and of course Georgia has been turnover prone in their two road games this season.

To hear all of Saturday's action live from the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, log on to www.georgiafire.us and click on the 99.5 The Jock Listen Live icon. Coverage will begin around 7:30 ET with kickoff at 8:00 ET.

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