Fire Look for Revenge by Taming Wolves
Louisville, KY - The Louisville Fire (6-5) are on the road again this week this time traveling to the Manchester Wolves (5-6) in another east division match-up. The Fire has gained momentum over the past couple of weeks fighting for a post-season spot in the playoffs. Fire QB Brett Dietz, 127.9 passer efficiency rating - 71.5 percent pass completions, scored the most passing touchdowns ever scored in arena football breaking the af2 passing touchdown record with 12 passing touchdowns against the Albany Conquest. The 12 touchdowns thrown by Dietz broke the record previously held by Arkansas Twisters QB Jon Nielsen who had 11 touchdown passes against the Greensboro Prowlers in 2000.
Complimenting Dietz are two top five af2 ranked wide receivers in offensive specialist Rob Mager, 1410 receiving yards - 38 touchdowns, and wide receive/defensive back Lance Taylor, 702 yards - 20 touchdowns. The Dietz and Mager connection has been a lethal combo that not only has gotten the Fire out of a tight situation a time or two but continues to give the Fire great field position and scoring opportunities which has led to their success. Taylor is currently tied for first in the entire af2 league in kick return touchdowns with three.
Even though the Fire have a potent offense this is not to take anything away from the rabid Wolves who feature QB D Bryant, 109.1 passer efficiency rating - 66.4 percent pass completions, and WR Steve Gonzalez, 1150 yards - 37 touchdowns. The Wolves also have FB Mark Kimener, 194 rushing yards - six touchdowns, who is currently ranked fifth in the league in rushing yards per game with an average of 17.6 yards. This game will also mark the second time FB Demetrius Forney will get to face his old team which he played for four years with. The 16th ranked Fire rushing defense will have their hands full on the ground and will try to keep Gonzalez in check.
Manchester currently leads the all-time series 3-2 including post-season contests. A win by the Fire would be the first time they have won in Manchester in the regular season, and would help secure a sole second place spot in the division pending a Green Bay loss. By defeating the Wolves the Fire would also avoid being swept by this division foe who is also battling to improve their record in hopes of making the playoffs.
After two weeks of being away, the Fire returns home to Freedom Hall on July 8, 2006 to facet the Memphis Xplorers.
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