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April 11, 2006 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Louisville Fire News Release

QUICK FACTS:
Louisville Fire (0-1) at
Manchester Wolves (0-1)
Date: Friday, April 14, 2006
Kickoff: 7:30 P.M.
Site: Freedom Hall (15,646)
Officials: Referee: Matt Austin; Umpire: Conrad Carney;
Head Linesman: Greg Bradley; Line Judge: Tommy Walsh;
Back Judge: Todd Ransom
Radio: None
TV: None
Series Record: Tied 2-2
Streaks: Fire Lost 1; Wolves Lost 1
Coaches: Tommy Johnson - Fire (28-25; 4-2 playoffs, Fourth Season)
Ben Bennett - Wolves (35-20; 4-2 playoffs, Second Season)


THE STAKES: The Fire is looking for their first win of the season. The Fire is also looking to keep pace in the East Division with a victory.

THE SERIES: The all-time series is tied 2-2 with the Fire winning the last two. The teams last met in the second round of the playoffs last season with the Fire winning 69 - 56.

THE IFs:
If Louisville defeats Manchester, it would ...
- Give the Fire the Fire a 1-1 record
- Give the Fire at least a tie for first place in the East Division.
- Give the Fire a 3 - 2 lead in the series.
- Make the Fire 22 - 19 all-time in Freedom Hall
- Make the Fire 10 - 10 all-time in April
- Make the Fire 13 - 8 on Fridays

LOUISVILLE (0 - 1)
Date Opponent Result Score
3/31 @WB/Scranton L 45-37
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
4/14 Manchester 7:30 W 2 Tied 2 - 2
4/21 Birmingham 7:30 W 3 Tied 3 - 3
4/29 Green Bay 7:00 L 2 Tied 3 - 3
5/5 @ Birmingham 8:00 W 3 Tied 3 - 3
5/13 @ Quad City 8:15 W 1 QC 6 - 3
5/20 Albany 7:00 W 2 Fire 3 - 1
5/27 @ Tennessee Valley 8:30 L 2 T.V. 2 - 0
6/3 WB/Scranton 7:00 L 1 Tied 2 - 2
6/10 Spokane 7:00 N/A 1st Meeting
6/17 @ Albany 7:00 W 2 Fire 3 - 1
6/23 @ Manchester 7:30 W 2 Tied 2 - 2
7/8 Memphis 7:00 L 1 MEM 5 - 2
7/15 Quad City 7:00 W 1 QC 6 - 3
7/22 @ Florida 7:30 W 1 Tied 1 - 1
7/28 @ Green Bay 8:30 L 2 Tied 3 - 3

MANCHESTER (0 - 1)
Date Opponent Result Score
4/7 Green Bay L
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
4/14 @ Louisville 7:30 L 2 Tied 2 - 2
4/22 Albany 7:30 W 3 Tied 3 - 3
4/29 WB/Scranton 7:30 W 2 WBS 3 - 6
5/6 @ Memphis 8:00 L 2 MEM 2 - 2
5/13 @ Albany 7:00 W 3 Tied 3 - 3
5/20 Florida 7:30 W 1 Tied 1 - 1
5/27 @WB/Scranton 7:00 W 2 WBS 3 - 6
6/3 Tulsa 7:30 N/A 1st Meeting
6/10 @ Quad City 8:15 L 3 QC 3 - 0
6/17 @ Tulsa 8:00 N/A 1st Meeting
6/23 Louisville 7:30 L 2 Tied 2 - 2
7/7 @ Green Bay 8:30 L 1 MAN 3 - 1
7/14 WB/Scranton 7:30 W 2 WBS 3 - 6
7/22 @ Albany 7:00 W 3 Tied 3 - 3
7/28 Quad City 7:30 L 3 QC 3 - 0


HEAD COACH:
Tommy Johnson
Louisville Fire head coach Tommy Johnson, was born in Rome, Ga., and raised in Niceville, Fla. He began his football career as a player at DeFuniak Springs (Fla.) High School. He later transferred to Niceville High School. Johnson then attended the University of Alabama, where he played defensive back. His senior class at U of A was known for having the most wins in a four-year time period (45-5-1). In 1992, he played on the Crimson Tide squad that defeated the University of Miami for the National Championship. Johnson then continued his football career with the Jacksonville Jaguars for a year. He also was given the opportunity to compete in NFL Europe. He started his Arena football career with the Albany Firebirds, and moved on to the Carolina Cobras. Johnson presently holds the record for the longest interception return for a touchdown in AFL history. In 2001, Johnson began his coaching career with the Fire as defensive coordinator. After two seasons as defensive coordinator Johnson was named head coach three games into the 2003 season, when the Fire made the late run winning two of those three games. In 2004, Johnson led the Fire to its first winning season (9-7), first af2 play-offs appearance and first play-off victory over Quad City 52-47. Last season Johnson led the Fire to three straight road play-offs wins and an American Conference Championship. The Fire fell short in the ArenaCup. Johnson is also the Fire's all-time leader in wins with 28.

LAST SERIES MEETING: The two teams last met on August 12, 2005 in the second round of the playoffs with the Fire winning 69-56. Fire WR's Lawrence Matthews and Rob Mager tallied 111 and 115 yards respectively and grabbed a combined four touchdowns. Matthews also found the end zone twice on the ground.

SCHUTT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME AWARD
(Selected by media)
Week Opp. Player Team
1 WB/S Rob Mager LOU

US ARMY IRONMAN OF THE GAME
(Selected by media)
Week Opp. Player Team
1 WBS Yaacov Yisreal WBS

ADT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME AWARD
(Selected by media)
Week Opp. Player Team
1 WBS Joe Hollister WBS

MATCH-UPS: OFFENSIVE SPECIALISTS: Rob Mager vs. Steve Gonzalez. Rob Mager continued his streak of 100 yard games (10) two weeks ago against Wilkes-Barre with 10 receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Gonzalez pulled in nine balls for 96 yards and three touchdowns last week for the Wolves.

QUOTES:

FORWARD MOTION: The Fire will stay in the friendly confines of Freedom Hall next week for a showdown with the Birmingham Steeldogs on Friday April 21.

FAMILIAR FACES:
Manchester OL/DL Demetrius Forney makes his return to Freedom Hall with the Wolves. Forney played for the Fire for four seasons.

TEAM TRENDS:
MAGER TOPS 100 AGAIN: Fire OS Rob Mager continued an impressive streak dating back to June 11, 2005. Mager has tallied at least 100 yards receiving in 10 straight games for the Fire (he missed two games in the middle of last season with an injury). Mager caught 10 passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns at Wilkes-Barre. Mager caught at least 10 passes in seven of those games and has totaled 35 touchdowns.

LEAGUE TOP 10s: Players from the Fire and Manchester who rank among af2's statistical leaders:

FIRE
Player Rank Category Stat
DIETZ, Brett 6 Pass Yards/Game 272.0
DIETZ, Brett 5 Pass Rating 146.6
MANNING, Cesare 9 Yards Per Catch 16.2
HENDRIX, Dave 2 Field Goals 50.0%
HENDRIX, Dave T-1 Field Goal Pct. 50.0%
HENDRIX, Dave T-7 PAT Kick Pct. 80%
GREEN, Nate 5 MFG Return/Avg 17.0
GREEN, Nate 10 MFG Return Yards 17
BROCKINGTON, Nick T-8 Sacks 1
BROCKINGTON, Nick T-4 Tackles For Loss 2.0
LEFALL, Dwayne T-4 Tackles For Loss 2.0

TALE OF THE TAPE: Here's how the Fire and Wolves stack up:
Statistical Louisville Manchester
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 19 37.0 21 34.0
Scoring Defense 9 45.0 10 48.0
Total Offense 12 258.0 14 256.0
Total Defense 2 213.0 9 241.0
Pass Offense 12 252.0 11 253.0
Pass Defense 7 216.0 3 203.0
Rushing Offense 16 6.0 T-19 3.0
Rushing Defense 2 -3.0 23 38.0
Pass Rating 5 145.3 18 100.3
Pass Def. Rating 2 98.4 3 101.0
Turnover Margin T-2 2.0 T-18 -2.0
Field Goals T-2 .500 T-9 .00
PAT Kicking T-6 .800 T-6 .800
Sacks By T-12 1 T-18 0
Sacks Against T-11 2 T-1 0
First Downs T-16 17 14 20
Opp. First Downs 2 14 8 19
Penalties T-5 51.0 4 41.0
Opp. Penalties 22 37.0 19 49.0

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