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June 6, 2006 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Louisville Fire News Release

QUICK FACTS:
Louisville Fire (4-5) vs.
Spokane Shock (8-1)
Date: Saturday, June 10, 2006
Kickoff: 7:00 P.M.
Site: Freedom Hall (15,646)
Officials: Referee: Matt Austin; Umpire: Conrad Carney
Head Linesman: Greg Bradley; Line Judge: Tommy Walsh
Back Judge: Rod Skelton
Series Record: N/A 1st Meeting
Streaks: Fire Lost; Shock Won 4
Coach: Tommy Johnson - Fire (33-30; 4-2 playoffs, Fourth Season)
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UTHE STAKESU: The Fire is looking to rebound from a 51-48 loss to Wilkes-Barre last week and stay in the playoff hunt.

UTHE SERIESU: This will be the first meeting between the Fire and Shock.

UTHE IFs: U
If Louisville defeats Spokane, it would ...
- Give the Fire a 5-5 record
- Give the Fire a 1-0 record against Spokane
- Give the Fire a 25-21 home record
- Give the Fire a 8-15 record in June
- Give the Fire a 31-44 record on Saturdays

LOUISVILLE (4 - 5; Lost 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
5/27 @ Tennessee Valley W 62-56
6/3 WB/Scranton L 51-48
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
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

SPOKANE (8 - 1; Won 4)
Date Opponent Result Score
3/30 Stockton W 41-40
4/9 @ Bakersfield W 49-45
4/15 Everett W 44-41
4/22 @ Amarillo W 66-62
5/6 Bakersfield L 52-20
5/12 @ Everett W 58-29
5/20 @ Central Valley W 68-54
5/27 Quad City W 68-63
6/3 Central Valley W 61-59
Date Opponent Time Streak Series
6/10 @ Louisville 7:30 N/A 1st Meeting
6/24 Albany 9:00 N/A 1st Meeting
7/1 @ Arkansas 8:00 N/A 1st Meeting
7/8 Amarillo 9:00 W 1 SPO 1-0
7/15 @ Stockton 10:30 W 1 SPO 1-0
7/22 Everett 9:00 W 2 SPO 2-0
7/29 @ Rio Grande 8:30 N/A 1st Meeting

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: This is the first meeting between the Fire and the Shock.

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
9 @TVV Brett Dietz LOU
10 WBS 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
9 @TVV Lance Taylor LOU
10 WBS 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
9 @TVV Kofi Smith TVV
10 WBS Doug Harding WBS

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
10 WBS Rob Mager LOU

FORWARD MOTION: The Fire will begin a two game swing in the Northeast next week with a trip to Albany on Saturday June 17.

LEAGUE TOP 10s: Players from the Fire among af2's statistical leaders:
FIRE
Player Rank Category Stat
CONNOR, Sheldon 7 Tackles For Loss 6.5
DIETZ, Brett 4 Total Offense/G 271.3
DIETZ, Brett 7 Total Offensive TD's 54
DIETZ, Brett 4 Total Yards 2442
DIETZ, Brett 3 Passing Yards/G 270.7
DIETZ, Brett 1 Pass Comp. Pct. 71.0
DIETZ, Brett 6 Passing TD's 51
DIETZ, Brett 3 Pass Efficiency 125.2
DIETZ, Brett 3 Yards/Att. 8.2
DIETZ, Brett 4 Passing Yards 2436
DIETZ, Brett 2 Pass Completions 211
GREEN, Nate T-9 Kick Return Yards 550
GREEN, Nate T-4 Kick Return TD's 1
HENDRIX, Dave 8 PAT Kick Pct. 78.5
HENDRIX, Dave 5 PAT's Made 51
MAGER, Rob 3 Scoring/G 18.7
MAGER, Rob 1 Receptions/G 9.89
MAGER, Rob 1 Receiving Yards 1156
MAGER, Rob 1 Receiving Yards/G 128.4
MAGER, Rob 1 Receptions 89
MAGER, Rob 2 Receiving TD's 28
TAYLOR, Lance 6 Scoring/G 15.4
TAYLOR, Lance 9 Kick Return Avg. 21.6
TAYLOR, Lance 1 Kick Return TD's 3

TALE OF THE TAPE: Here's how the Fire and Shock stack up:
Statistical Louisville Spokane
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 10 51.2 8 52.8
Scoring Defense 15 48.8 17 49.4
Total Offense 7 277.8 10 260.4
Total Defense 23 292.4 9 246.8
Pass Offense 3 266.4 11 240.3
Pass Defense 23 265.7 10 232.0
Rushing Offense 22 11.3 T-11 20.1
Rushing Defense T-19 26.8 5 14.8
Pass Rating 2 124.4 13 97.0
Pass Def. Rating 10 95.1 13 103.0
Turnover Margin T-10 +2 T-10 +2
Field Goals 2 .571 T-7 .375
PAT Kicking 7 .785 12 .758
Sacks By T-13 10 T-17 9
Sacks Against 6 8 T-3 5
First Downs 7 161 14 154
Opp. First Downs 20 177 T-15 165
Penalties 9 51.7 11 52.1
Opp. Penalties 6 53.3 12 55.2

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