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Fire Stopped Short in Midwest Showdown

June 14, 2008 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Louisville Fire News Release

Louisville, KY- In a highly anticipated Midwest division showdown Green Bay defeated Louisville in a 34-31 victory in Freedom Hall. In front of 8,492 fans, fathers, and military personnel the Blizzard held on to the top spot in the Midwest division standings.

As the Fire struggled offensively and the Blizzard experienced defensive woes both teams remained scoreless until the final minute of the first quarter. Green Bay posted seven points after a missed first down opportunity placed the ball within five yards of the their end zone. Green Bay fullback Tyre Young made the two-run carry giving them the early advantage.

Quick to answer was Fire veteran Demetrius Forney, his two consecutive touchdowns lifted Louisville to a 14-7 lead. Green Bay was then able to reach the end zone in two plays, however a blocked kick by Fire Linebacker Jerome Jones kept Louisville ahead by one with three minutes remaining in the half. Danny Kight advanced the Fire lead to 17-13 with a successful field goal at the end of the second quarter.

The Blizzard took the lead 20-17 midway through the third quarter after Aaron Marshall pass was intercepted by... Green Bay's caught a #-yard pass in the back of the end zone. The score quickly changed back to Louisville's favor as Marshall connected with Lonnell Dewalt bringing the Fire lead up by four with 5:55 remaining in the third. Anthony Crissinger-Hill pulled down a 30-yard from Collin Drafts posting another Blizzard score. Zachariah Babington-Johnson went up strong to block the extra point marking the score at 26-24.

The Fire battled back as PNC MVP and JLS Ironman of the game Demetrius Forney ran in for his third score of the evening. Marshall connected with Dewalt for the second time in the contest setting the score at 31-26. Marshall finished 14 of 30 throwing one interception for 126 yards. Matt Bassuener's pass was intercepted by Robert Garth. Scott Burnoksi took in a 5 -yard pass from Drafts. Drafts finished 14 of 27 with two interceptions for 155 yards. Green ran in a successful two point conversion making the final score 34-31.

The Fire continues their home game campaign on Monday, June 23 facing off with in state rival Lexington for the third and final time in the 2008 regular season. Louisville leads the 2008 series 2-0. They look to defeat the Horsemen in game three in Freedom Hall at 7:30 P.M.

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