Green Bay Blizzard vs. Louisville Fire Game Preview
Who, Where, When:
The Green Bay Blizzard (2-1 Midwest Division, 4-3 Overall) take to the road this week to take on Midwest Division rival, the Louisville Fire (2-1 Midwest Division, 4-4 Overall). Kickoff is at 6:00 pm CST on Saturday, June second at Freedom Hall in Louisville, KY.
The game marks a key match-up between two teams fighting for the first spot in the Midwest Division. Prior to Louisville's week nine loss to Quad City, there was a three way tie for first place in the division between Green Bay, Louisville, and Quad City. This week Quad City holds the division lead by the slimmest of margins with a 5-3 overall record. Green Bay, Louisville, and Quad City all currently stand at 2-1 in the Midwest Division. In the week nine af2 coaches poll Louisville was ranked just one spot above the Blizzard with the Fire in the eight spot and Green Bay voted in as ninth.
Louisville and Green Bay have traded wins in their all-time series each managing four wins since 2003. In their last meeting on July 28, 2006, Green Bay rallied from a 32-10 halftime deficit to defeat the Fire by one point in front of a home crowd of 7,184. The Blizzard outscored the Fire in the fourth quarter 24-7 en route to their 54-53 win to clinch the East Division Title.
After starting their 2007 campaign 0-2, the Fire won four of their next five to get to 4-3 in week nine. Last week the Fire lost a key game to the Quad City Steamwheelers 51-57, sending them back to .500 with a 4-4 overall record. The Fire offense ranks in the leagues top ten in both scoring offense (10th, 52.1 points per game) and total offense (7th, 280.5 yards per game). Two key stars have contributed to the Fire's offensive success. Fullback Demetrius Forney stands at seventh in the league in rushing with 21.5 yards per game, and wide receiver Tiger Jones is among the top of the league in both receptions per game (7th, 8.64 receptions per game) and receiving yards per game (4th, 116.0 yards per game).
The Blizzard look to continue a two game winning streak as they head to Louisville. The Blizzard defense has been the consistent key to their success through the first half of the 2007 season, but it was the offense that stepped up in week eight to rally back from a 21-7 first quarter deficit to the Cincinnati Jungle Kats. The Blizzard defense came together in the second half, however, holding the Jungle Kats offense to only seven points in the final two quarters of play. The Blizzard offense also scored 27 points in the second half to put up a season high of 48 points in their win. Quarterback Zeke Dixon passed for 257 yards and five touchdowns in the Blizzard win, marking Dixon's second game this year with five or more touchdowns. The Blizzard defense sits atop the league in all major defensive categories for the third straight week. The Blizzard D is first in the league in scoring defense (34.1 points per game), passing defense (194.4 yards per game), rush defense (9.1 yards per game), and total defense (203.6 yards per game). The Blizzard defense has also allowed the fewest first downs of any defense in the af2 thus far in 2007, giving way to only 104 first downs. Three Blizzard players rank among the leagues top ten in defensive statistical categories. Ronnie Amadi stands at second in the league in passes defended with 22, twin brother Donnie Amadi is currently tied for the top spot in the league in forced fumbles with four, and Jason Hardee is tied for ninth in the league in tackles for loss with seven and a half. Blizzard fullback Tony Ficklin is also among the leagues top ten standing tied for ninth in the league in rushing averaging 17.6 yards per game. A Blizzard win this week combined with a Quad City loss to Tennessee Valley would put the Blizzard atop the Midwest Division with a record of 5-3.
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