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May 23, 2006 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Louisville Fire News Release

QUICK FACTS:
Louisville Fire (3-4) vs.
Tennessee Valley Vipers (2-5)
Date: Saturday, May 27, 2006
Kickoff: 8:30 P.M.
Site: Von Braun Center (6,642)
Officials: Referee: Marc Curles;
Head Linesman: Stan Jackson; Umpire: Rod Holloway
Line Judge: Mike Shirey; Back Judge: Rod Skelton
Radio: WKJK 1080-AM, louisvillefirefootball.com; Paul Wilman, play-by-play
Series Record: Vipers 2-0
Streaks: Fire Won 1; Vipers Won 1
Coach: Tommy Johnson - Fire (32-29; 4-2 playoffs, Fourth Season)
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UTHE STAKESU: The Fire is coming off a home win against Albany and is looking for their second two game winning streak of the season. The Fire will also be in search of their first road victory this season.

UTHE SERIESU: The Fire and Vipers have met twice with Tennessee Valley winning both games. The teams last met in Freedom Hall on April 19, 2003 with the Vipers winning 55-27. The games was Tommy Johnson's first as Fire head coach.

UTHE IFs: U
If Louisville defeats Tennessee Valley, it would ...
- Give the Fire a 4-4 record
- Give the Fire their first win against Tenn. Valley
- Give the Fire a 10 - 16 record in May
- Give the Fire a 17-32 road record

LOUISVILLE (3 - 4; 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
4/29 Green Bay W 45-39
5/5 @ Birmingham L 63-60
5/13 @ Quad City L 68-62 O
5/20 Albany W 51-38
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
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 3 Fire 4 - 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 L 1 QC 7 - 3
7/22 @ Florida 7:30 W 1 Tied 1 - 1
7/28 @ Green Bay 8:30 W 1 Fire 4 - 3

Tennessee Valley (2 - 5; Won 1)
Date Opponent Result Score
4/1 Memphis L 47-25
4/8 @ South Georgia W 58-50
4/15 @ Memphis L 56-21
4/22 Macon L 58-55
4/29 @ Arkansas L 62-56
5/6 Florida L 76-37
5/20 Birmingham W 21-17
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
5/27 Louisville 8:30 W 2 T.V. 2-0
6/3 @ Florida 7:30 L 2 Tied 3-3
6/10 Bakersfield 8:30 W 1 T.V. 1-0
6/17 @ Bossier 8:00 W 4 T.V. 5-1
6/24 Quad City 8:30 W 1 QC 7-3
7/8 @ Quad City 8:15 W 1 QC 7-3
7/15 South Georgia 8:30 W 2 T.V. 2-0
7/22 @ Macon 7:30 W 3 T.V. 5-3
7/29 @ Birmingham 8:00 W 2 T.V. 10-2


UHEAD COACHES:U
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 32.

ULAST SERIES MEETINGU: The Fire and Vipers last met on April 19, 2003 in Freedom Hall with the Vipers winning 55-27. The game was the first as head coach for Tommy Johnson. Former Fire QB Matt Sauk was the QB for the Vipers that night.

SERIES BY THE NUMBERS:
Record vs. Tennessee Valley: 0 - 2
Last regular season game: Tenn. Valley 55 Fire 27 April 19, 2003 Freedom Hall
Current streak: Tennessee Valley won 2
Fire longest win streak vs. Vipers: N/A
Vipers longest win streak vs. Fire: 2 (7/6/02 - Present)
Most points, Fire: 34 (T.V. 48 - 34 at LOU, 7/6/02)
Most points, Vipers: 55 (T.V. 55 - 27 at LOU, 4/19/03)
Most points, both teams: 82 (Twice most recent T.V. 55 - 27 at LOU 4/19/03)
Fewest points, Fire: 27 (T.V. 55 - 27 at LOU 7/6/02)
Fewest points, Vipers: 48 (T.V. 48 - 34 at LOU 7/6/02)
Fewest points, both teams: 82 (Twice most recent T.V. 55 - 27 at LOU 4/19/03)

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
5 GBB Rob Mager LOU
6 @BIR Kerry Wright BIR
7 @QCS Tim Hicks QCS
8 ALB Rob Mager 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
5 GBB Peter Lazere GBB
6 @BIR Lance Taylor LOU
7 @QCS David Hurst QCS
8 ALB Lance Taylor LOU

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
5 GBB Sheldon Connor LOU
6 @BIR Michael Gholar BIR
7 @QCS Troy Graham QCS
8 ALB Kabote Sikyala LOU

CUTTERS CATCH OF THE GAME
(Selected by media)
Week Opp. Player Team
3 MAN Rob Mager LOU
4 BIR Rob Mager LOU
5 GBB Rob Mager LOU
7 @QCS Kris Peters QCS
8 ALB Rob Mager LOU

QUOTES: Fire head coach Tommy Johnson on last week's win, "I thought we played a good game on both offense and defense for the first time this season. Both were clicking and we hope to continue that."

On Tennessee Valley: "They have some good athletes at the skill spots. This should be a real challenge, especially being on the road."

FORWARD MOTION: The Fire will return to Freedom Hall for the first of two straight home games on June 3 against Wilkes-Barre.

FAMILIAR FACES: Torrey Day, who played for the Fire in 2003, is currently on the Vipers roster.

LEAGUE TOP 10s: Players from the Fire and Vipers among af2's statistical leaders:
FIRE
Player Rank Category Stat
CONNOR, Shelton T-4 Tackles For Loss 5.5
DEITZ, Brett 6 Total Offense 263.1
DEITZ, Brett 6 Total Offense Yards 1842
DEITZ, Brett 5 Passing Yards/G 262.3
DEITZ, Brett 1 Pass Comp. Pct. 70.8
DEITZ, Brett 6 Passing TD's 37
DEITZ, Brett 4 Pass Efficiency 122.8
DEITZ, Brett 4 Yards/Att. 7.9
DEITZ, Brett 3 Completions 165
GREEN, Nate 10 Kick Return Avg. 20.7
GREEN, Nate 7 Kick Return Yards 477
GREEN, Nate T-3 Kick Return TD's 1
HENDRIX, Dave 6 Scoring (Kick) 49
HENDRIX, Dave T-8 PAT Kicks Made 37
MAGER, Rob 4 Scoring TD's 20
MAGER, Rob T-1 Rec./Game 10.0
MAGER, Rob 1 Receiving Yards 891
MAGER, Rob 1 Receiving Yds/G 127.3
MAGER, Rob T-1 Receptions 70
MAGER, Rob 4 Receiving TD's 20
SIKYALA, Kabote T-5 Interceptions 4
TAYLOR, Lance 8 All Purpose Yards/G 152.0
TAYLOR, Lance 6 Scoring TD's 13
TAYLOR, Lance 6 Kick Return Avg. 22.8
TAYLOR, Lance 1 Kick Return TD's 3

VIPERS
Player Rank Category Stat
BLANCHARD, Travis 3 Int. Return Yards 77
BLANCHARD, Travis T-3 Int. Return TD's 1
GUNN, Chris 10 Pass Efficiency 107.6
JEFFERSON, Terrell 6 All Purpose Yards/G 157.7
JEFFERSON, Terrell 9 Kick Return Avg. 22.1
JEFFERSON, Terrell 1 Kick Return Yards 883
JEFFERSON, Terrell 2 Kick Return TD's 2
ROBINSON, Joey 6 Int. Return Yards 66
ROBINSON, Joey T-1 Int. Return TD's 2

TALE OF THE TAPE: Here's how the Fire and Vipers stack up:
Statistical Louisville Tenn. Valley
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 10 50.1 20 39.0
Scoring Defense 12 47.4 T-19 52.3
Total Offense 9 271.9 21 180.9
Total Defense 23 292.4 12 258.3
Pass Offense 5 260.1 21 166.6
Pass Defense 22 263.9 9 229.7
Rushing Offense 22 11.7 20 14.3
Rushing Defense T-20 28.6 T-20 28.6
Pass Rating 3 122.2 21 65.2
Pass Def. Rating 10 94.4 7 92.3
Turnover Margin 12 +1 T-20 -10
Field Goals T-1 .571 20 .077
PAT Kicking 11 .755 17 .686
Sacks By T-14 7 10 10
Sacks Against T-2 3 20 18
First Downs 8 129 22 88
Opp. First Downs 21 140 13 125
Penalties 6 51.7 12 55.7
Opp. Penalties 7 64.7 9 63.0

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