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Fire to "Heat It Up" against Blizzard

April 28, 2006 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Louisville Fire News Release

Louisville, KY - This week the Louisville Fire (1-2) host the Green Bay Blizzard (2-2), on April 29, 2006 at Freedom Hall, in the first in two divisional match-ups this season sure not to miss. The Fire would like to build on the success of QB Brett Dietz who currently possesses a passer efficiency rating of 110.1 completing 68 percent of his passes. Look for Dietz to connect to his favorite target in WR Rob Mager who is averaging 125.7 receiving yards per game.

The Blizzard also have an offensive arsenal that will keep the Fire busy with QB Ronnie Gordon, 106.1 passer efficiency rating - 50.7 percent pass completions, and his two top receiving targets in WR Randall Lane, 321 yards - eight touchdowns, and WR Robert Garth, 240 yards - five touchdowns. The Fire will attempt to improve the average 43.1 points they are currently allowing each game.

One area the Fire may continue to struggle is in the rushing game. The Fire are only averaging 11.3 rushing yards per game and will face a Blizzard defense that has been giving up an average of only 11.5 yards. Even though the Fire have been slow to start off their rushing game this season, expect them to still pound the ball with FB Scott Power who has three touchdowns so far this season.

The Fire also has an offensive weapon in K Dave Hendrix. Hendrix could be a game deciding factor based on past contests against the Blizzard in the overall series. So far this season Hendrix has completed 75 percent of his field goals for 25 points. Seeing that the Fire and the Blizzard both have stingy defenses, the Fires' kicking game may be a contributing factor in a win against the Blizzard. Blizzard kickers are only 1-of-6 in all field goal attempts so far this season. If the Fire defense can keep the Blizzard in field goal territory, expect the Fire to have a good night against this fledgling kicking unit.

This contest against the Blizzard will mark the seventh meeting between these two ball clubs who are currently tied with three wins a piece. Not only would a win give the Fire an overall lead in the all-time series, but bring the Fire to a 2-2 record giving them an opportunity to go above .500 next week in a re-match against the Birmingham Steeldogs. With a win Saturday night the Fire will also move up in the current American Conference East Division Standings giving them the tie-breaker ironically against the Green Bay Blizzard for the fourth spot. Pending a loss by the Albany Conquest, the Fire may actually catapult to the number three spot behind the Manchester Wolves and Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Pioneers. The game will kick-off at 7:00 on Saturday night in Freedom Hall.

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