Fire seek to take division away from Blizzard
Louisville, KY - It is an exciting time to be a Louisville Fire arena football fan! The Louisville Fire (9-6) look to turn up the heat this week against division rival Green Bay Blizzard (9-6) for the East Division title. The Fire lost a close one last week against the top-ranked Florida Firecats in which the Fire dominated the first half of the game only to flame out giving up the lead and game later in the fourth quarter. The Fire look to make up for those mistakes against a Blizzard team that had this past week off. It may not have been the best timing for the Blizzard who will have to knock the "frost" off against a Fire team that remains hungry for the division title.
The Fire feature dynamic quarterback Brett Dietz, 126.7 passer efficiency rating - 71.7 completion percentage, and are confident in his backup in Joel Steele, 120.56 passer efficiency rating - 60.0 completion percentage, who threw three touchdown passes this past week against the Firecats. On the other end of the ball is league leading wide receiver Rob Mager who has had more than an outstanding season in 2006. In addition to Mager is the punishing rushing attack of Scott Power and additional offensive weapons in wide receiver's Nate Green, Dennis Fryzel and Lance Taylor all capable of making game changing plays.
Blizzard fans should not be discouraged even though their offensive attack is a bit shy of matching up head to head with the Fire. One area the Fire must focus on is putting points on the number two ranked Blizzard scoring defense. Even though the Blizzard do not have a number one ranked quarterback or wide receiver they do have the talented quarterback James Macpherson who is ranked two spots behind Dietz in league passer efficiency rating with 119.6. Complementing Macpherson is wide receiver Brent Holmes and the number four ranked af2 league rusher Peter Lazare.
While the Fire has clinched a spot in the playoffs they have on thing on their mind, winning the division title. You can bet your Barbaro vigil candles and Matt Sauk jerseys that Fire head coach Tommy Johnson and the Fire do not want to back into the playoffs. Expect the Resch Center to have playoff atmosphere and for the Fire to come out like a raging inferno looking to melt the Blizzard once and for all. The game can be heard on 1080-AM or at louisvillefirefootball.com.
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