Fire Survives "Blizzard"
Louisville, KY - The Louisville Fire (1-2) hosted the Green Bay Blizzard (2-2) at Freedom Hall in a contest that not only had bragging rights on the line but could have playoff implications later this season. The Blizzard started the contest with a bad kick giving the Fire great field position leading to the first score of the game by QB Brett Dietz and WR Rob Mager. The Blizzard fought back with a decent kick return and kept the drive alive with a saving penalty allowing them to score. Even though Blizzard QB Jam Macpherson connected with WR Randall Lane, they missed the extra point kick trailing the Fire seven to six. Louisville rounded out the first quarter with two more touchdowns by the explosive "partners in pyro" - Dietz & Mager.
The Fire and Blizzard both seemed frostbit in the second quarter each only completing one field goal. The defensive battle continued, with penalties and miscues, into the half giving Louisville fans continued hope with a 24 to 9 score.
In the third quarter it was the Blizzard who thawed out and came to life, scoring twice shortening the gap. The first score was a field goal completion by Blizzard K Wade Tydlacka with his second field goal of the game. The second score came from a 5-yard run by Blizzard OS Randall Lane. The Fire summed up the third with a 13-yard pass from QB Dietz to WR Mager.
During the fourth quarter the Blizzard staged a comeback that ended up short. After scoring fourteen points, the Blizzard attempted a failed onside kick giving the Fire great field position once again taking advantage of another scoring opportunity. The two Fire scores, in the fourth quarter, consisted of a touchdown pass from QB Dietz to WR Mager and a 3-yard pass from QB Dietz to WR Dennis Fryzel. With six seconds left in the contest the Blizzard made the final score with a 16-yard passing touchdown from QB Gordon to WR Robert Garth.
Next Friday the Louisville Fire visit the Birmingham Steeldogs hoping to repeat their performance from a week ago when the Fire defeated the 'dogs in Freedom Hall.
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