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April 25, 2006 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Louisville Fire News Release

QUICK FACTS:
Louisville Fire (1-2) vs.
Green Bay Blizzard (2-2)
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2006
Kickoff: 7:00 P.M.
Site: Freedom Hall (15,646)
Officials: Referee: Mike Pavese; Umpire: Brent Sowell
Head Linesman: Mitch Geier; Line Judge: Folayson Kindred
Back Judge: Todd Ransom
Radio: None
TV: None
Series Record: Tied 3-3
Streaks: Fire Won 1; Blizzard Lost 1
Coaches: Tommy Johnson - Fire (30-27; 4-2 playoffs, Fourth Season)

THE STAKES: The Fire will be looking for their straight win. A win would give the Fire a successful 2-1 home stand before heading on the road for two weeks.

THE SERIES: The all-time series is tied at three games each. The Blizzard swept the Fire in 2005, while the Fire swept Green Bay in 2004. The teams split 1-1 in 2003.

THE IFs:
If Louisville defeats Green Bay, it would ...
- Give the Fire the Fire a 2-2 record
- Give the Fire a 4 - 3 lead in the series.
- Make the Fire 23 - 20 all-time in Freedom Hall
- Make the Fire 11 - 11 all-time in April

LOUISVILLE (1 - 2; Won 1)
Date Opponent Result Score
3/31 @WB/Scranton L 45-37
4/14 Manchester L 39-34
4/21 Birmingham W 62-40
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
4/29 Green Bay 7:00 L 2 Tied 3 - 3
5/5 @ Birmingham 8:00 W 3 Fire 4 - 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 1PstP Meeting
6/17 @ Albany 7:00 W 2 Fire 3 - 1
6/23 @ Manchester 7:30 L 1 MAN 3 - 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

GREEN BAY (2 - 2; Lost 1)
Date Opponent Result Score
3/31 ALBANY L 48-40
4/7 @ Manchester W 48-34
4/15 QUAD CITY W 49-20
4/21 OKLAHOMA CITY L 44-32
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
4/29 @ Louisville 7:00 W 2 Tied 3 - 3
5/5 @ WB/Scranton 7:00 L 2 WBS 3 - 1
5/13 MACON 8:30 W 1 Tied 1 - 1
5/19 QUAD CITY 8:30 W 1 QC 5 - 2
5/27 @ Albany 7:00 L 2 ALB 3 - 2
6/10 STOCKTON 8:30 N/A 1PstP Meeting
6/17 @ S. Georgia 7:30 W 1 GB 1 - 0
6/24 WB/SCRANTON 8:30 L 2 WBS 3 - 1
7/1 @ Florida 7:30 L 1 FLO 1 - 0
7/15 @ Everett 10:30 N/A 1PstP Meeting
7/28 LOUISVILLE 8:30 W 2 Tied 3 - 3


HEAD COACHES:
TOMMY JOHNSON, FIRE
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 June 18, 2005 with Green Bay defeating the Fire 56-49.

SERIES BY THE NUMBERS:
Record vs. Green Bay: 3 - 3
Last regular season game: Green Bay 56 Fire 49 June 18, 2005
Current streak: Blizzard won 2.
Fire longest win streak vs. Blizzard: 3 (7/12/03 to 5/14/05)
Blizzard longest win streak vs. Fire: 2 (5/14/05 to Present)
Most points, Fire: 59 (LOU 59 - 54 at GB, 5/22/04)
Most points, Blizzard: 68 (GB 68 - 34 at LOU, 6/28/03)
Most points, both teams: 1114 (GB 65 - 49 at GB, 5/14/05)
Fewest points, Fire: 34 (GB 68-34 at GB 6/28/03)
Fewest points, Blizzard: 18 (LOU 36 - 18 at LOU 7/12/03)
Fewest points, both teams: 54 (LOU 36 - 18 at LOU 7/12/03)

SCHUTT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME AWARD
(Selected by media)
Week Opp. Player Team
1 WB/S Rob Mager LOU
3 MAN Marc Bacote MAN
4 BIR Brett Dietz LOU

US ARMY IRONMAN OF THE GAME
(Selected by media)
Week Opp. Player Team
1 WBS Yaacov Yisreal WBS
3 MAN Mark Kimener MAN
4 BIR Terrell Browden BIR

ADT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME AWARD
(Selected by media)
Week Opp. Player Team
1 WBS Joe Hollister WBS
3 MAN Allistar Sebastian MAN
4 BIR Dwayne Lefall LOU

CUTTERS CATCH OF THE GAME
(Selected by media)
Week Opp. Player Team
3 MAN Rob Mager LOU
4 BIR Rob Mager LOU

UMATCH-UPS:U

QUOTES: Fire coach Tommy Johnson on last week's victory: "It was good to see the offense come together and click for the first time this season. I felt our defense played well and made big plays when we needed them."

On Green Bay: "Green Bay is a good team. This game is important because it is already our third division game and we need to keep pace in the East.

FORWARD MOTION: The Fire will head back on the road next week on Friday May 5 for a rematch with Birmingham.

FAMILIAR FACES: Fire WR/DB Lance Taylor will face the team he played for last season for the first time.

TEAM TRENDS:
PERFECTION: Fire QB Brett Dietz put up a perfect 158.3 passer rating last week against Birmingham, tying a Fire record.

BROKEN RECORDS:
The Fire broke or tied six team records against Brimingham:
Pass Completion Percentage: Brett Dietz (23-27) 85.2%
Pass Completion Percentage Team: 85.7% (24-28)
Yards Receiving: Rob Mager 208 yards
Tied Highest Pass Efficiency Rating: Brett Dietz 158.3
Tied Highest Pass Efficiency Team: 158.3
Tied Most Fumble Returns: Dennis Fryzel 1

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

FIRE
Player Rank Category Stat
DIETZ, Brett 3 Comp. Pct. 68.0
DIETZ, Brett 8 Pass Efficiency 110.1
GREEN, Nate T-9 MFG Return Yards 26
GREEN, Nate 5 Kick Return Avg. 22.1
GREEN, Nate 3 Kick Return Yards 287
GREEN, Nate T-2 Kick Return TD's 1
HENDRIX, Dave T-1 Scoring (Kick) 8.3/G
HENDRIX, Dave T-3 PAT Pct. 88.9
HENDRIX, Dave 1 Field Goal Pct. 75.0
LEFALL, Dwayne T-5 Tackles for Loss 3.0
MAGER, Rob T-9 Scoring 14.0/G
MAGER, Rob T-9 Touchdowns 7
MAGER, Rob T-1 Receptions/Game 10.0
MAGER, Rob 5 Receiving Yards 377
MAGER, Rob 3 Receiving Yards/G 125.7
MAGER, Rob T-2 Receptions 30
POWER, Scott T-5 Rushing TD's 3
SIKYALA, Kabote 3 Passes Defended 11

GREEN BAY
Player Rank Category Stat
CROCKER, David 10 Tackles 19.5
GORDON, Ronnie T-5 Rushing TD's 3
LANE, Randall T-6 Receptions 27
LANE, Randall T-4 Receiving TD's 8
LEVERSON, Luke 4 MFG Return Yards 41
MACPHERSON, James 10 Pass Yards/Att. 7.1
TALACHKA, Wade T-5 Scoring (Kick) 6.5/G

TALE OF THE TAPE: Here's how the Fire and Blizzard stack up:
Statistical Louisville Green Bay
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 13 44.3 16 42.2
Scoring Defense 5 41.3 3 36.5
Total Offense 16 247.0 19 229.0
Total Defense 14 261.3 4 224.0
Pass Offense 15 235.7 19 201.8
Pass Defense 14 245.3 4 212.5
Rushing Offense 20 11.3 4 27.2
Rushing Defense 11 16.0 4 11.5
Pass Rating 7 111.0 9 102.0
Pass Def. Rating 10 93.9 7 85.1
Turnover Margin T-10 +1 3 +6
Field Goals 1 .750 16 .167
PAT Kicking T-3 .889 21 .571
Sacks By T-8 5 T-4 7
Sacks Against T-4 2 T-4 2
First Downs 13 55 6 69
Opp. First Downs T-4 53 20 72
Penalties 8 52.7 14 59.0
Opp. Penalties T-11 58.0 20 42.8

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