Fire Turn Up Heat in Overtime
Louisville, KY - The Fire opened the game by heating up the Blizzard and forcing them into a fumble with a recovery by LB Jerome Jones. QB Shane Adler then completed a pass to WR Tiger Jones but a penalty kept the Fire down until Dave Hendrix came through with a field goal to give the Fire a 3-0 lead. On the next drive by the Blizzard they were unsuccessful in their own field goal attempt. The Fire then came out smoking up the field gaining yards as Adler lit up the passing. FB Demetrius Forney rushed for a touchdown giving the Fire a 10-0 lead in the second quarter.
Midway through the second quarter Blizzard QB Gino Guidugli and WR Hannibal Thomas got together to give the Blizzard their first points of the night, however the Fire still led 10-7. The Fire took the field at the 5-yard line looking for WR Jones to blaze the competition. Plans changed as Adler's pass was intercepted allowing Green Bay to score. The Blizzard then took the lead 13-10. The Fire redeemed themselves as DB Nate Green ignited the fans with his 53-yard kick return. Late in the second quarter DE Jerome Walker came up from behind and sacked QB Guidugli. With only seconds left in the second quarter the Blizzard scored as DL Markevius Woods ran in for the touchdown. At halftime the score was Fire 10-Blizzard 19.
To start the third quarter the Fire drove their way up the field only to be given extra yards after unsportsmanlike penalties by Green Bay. Forney and Adler again got together for another touchdown making the score: Fire 16-Blizzard 19. As the third quarter continued, DB Green gobbled up an interception giving the Fire excellent field position. On the following carry Forney rushed for 7 yards and then rushed again for a touchdown. The Fire then led 23-19. With Forney's last touchdown he set a new single season rushing record for the Fire with 196 yards. On the following drive by the Blizzard they cooled the Fire as Kellen Allen scored for the Blizzard giving Green Bay the edge 26-23. As the third quarter wound down Shane Adler was pressured by the Blizzard defense but managed to get the pass off to Tiger Jones for another Fire touchdown with Dave Hendrix adding the extra point. The Fire regained control 30-26.
With the start of the fourth quarter, Blizzard quarterback QB Zeke Dixon and WR Kellen Allen hooked up for a three yard touchdown giving the lead back to the Blizzard 33-30. With five minutes left in the fourth quarter Fire QB Adler and WR Quorey Payne connected however the Blizzard defense knocked the ball out of his hands for an incompletion. Fire K Dave Hendrix added to the score completing his extra point attempt to tie the game at 33 a piece. As the seconds ticked away on the clock the Fire fans ignited and the team stopped the Blizzard on the 21-yard line. Adler's pass was intercepted at the one-yard line with four seconds left in the game. The Blizzard then marched down the field however the Fire defense blocked the Blizzard's field goal attempt to win the game. When the Fire received the ball, with one second remaining, K Hendrix attempted a field goal of his own but the ball was snapped high, thus sending the game into overtime.
As overtime started the Fire went for it on fourth down and converted driving closer to paydirt. On the following third down QB Adler sent a lightning pass to WR Payne to keep the Fire's streak alive. WR Lawrence Matthews was the next recipient of QB Adler's pass putting the Fire on the two-yard line. Adler then rushed for a touchdown giving the Fire a 39-33 lead. On the second play for the Blizzard DB Matt Forbes came up with a huge interception giving the Fire a huge divisional home victory and a record of 5-4.
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