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Fire Plan to Skin the Cats

April 2, 2008 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Louisville Fire News Release

Louisville, KY-Saturday, April 5 the Louisville Fire will go on the road to play the South Georgia Wildcats. This will be the first time that the Fire will hit the road for the 2008 season.

Last season the Fire lost to South Georgia 77-53. The Wildcats jumped to an early 23-6 lead in the first quarter and extended it to 45-19 at halftime. The Fire gave up three fumbles and one interception in the game. The bright spot in the game last season was the fact that the Fire actually had six more yards of offense than the Wildcats.

"South Georgia has a very athletic team," stated Head Coach Tommy Johnson when asked about the South Georgia Wildcats. "They are extremely well coached. I actually played with their coach in the AFL; therefore I know he will have them prepared. They will have a smart and quick secondary. Offensively they have two experienced receivers who will be looking to make a big impact."

South Georgia Head Coach Derek Stingley is entering his second season with the Wildcats. In 2007, the Wildcats were the number one offense in arenafootball2 averaging 316.6 yards a game and fifth in the league in scoring with 54.7 points per game. He has added Antwone Savage, a big receiver who spent 2007 with the Spokane Shock. Wide receiver P.J. Berry led the Wildcats in their season opening victory against the Tennessee Valley Vipers. Berry had eight receptions for 154 yards and three touchdowns.

"South Georgia has a lot of speed on offense and defense," stated Fire quarterback Matt Bassuener. "We will have to make adjustments as the game goes along and we will need to execute and take care of what we can control."

In the Fire's home opener rookies had an instant impact in the 58-28 victory against the Barnstormers. Brandon Register recorded two interceptions and 4.5 tackles. Zachariah Babington-Johnson made an impact on the game early and often. He had 3.5 tackles and two sacks, one of which was a safety. He was also named ADT Defensive Player of the Week. Matt Bassuener, the PNC MVP of the Game, threw for 131 yards, on 12 completions, and added 37 yards rushing (leads af2 in rushing yards). Bassuener was able to rely on Lonnell DeWalt. DeWalt had 10 receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns.

GAME FACTS - Louisville Fire (1-0) vs. South Georgia Wildcats (1-0) Date: Saturday, April 5 Time: 7:35 Site: Albany Civic Center Online Broadcast: Game will be streamed online on af2TV, courtesy of niftytv.com Radio: The Ticket (1450 AM) with Zack McCrite (play-by-play) and Michael Vanover (analyst) Series History: Tied 1-1 (1-0 in Louisville, 1-0 in Albany, GA) Last Meeting: South Georgia 77, Louisville 53 (April 7, 2005 - Albany Civic Center, Albany, GA.)

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