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April 3, 2007 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Louisville Fire News Release

UQUICK FACTS:

Louisville Fire (0-1) vs.

South Georgia Wildcats (1-0)

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2007

Kickoff: 7:30 P.M.

Site: Albany Civic Center (8,034)

Officials: Referee Larry Mallam; Umpire Chris Hughes; Head Linesman Mike Cullin; Line Judge Gerry Austin; Back Judge Wayne Gautney

Series Record: Tied 1 - 1.

Streaks: Fire lost 1; S. Georgia won 1

Coach: Tommy Johnson - Fire (35-30; 4-2 playoffs, Fifth Season)

UMEDIA CONTACTS:

Fire: Adam Luken, (502)368-0009; (502) 376-9647

UTHE STAKESU: The Fire is seeking their first victory of the 2007 season. The Fire is also looking for their second straight victory over South Georgia. The Fire defeated the Wildcats on April 15, 2005 in Freedom Hall 48-46.

UTHE SERIESU: The two teams have met twice with each team coming out victorious at home. The Wildcats defeated the Fire 54-20 on April 5, 2003 in Cape Fear. (South Georgia played in Cape Fear for three seasons before moving prior to the 2004 season.) The Fire defeated the Wildcats 48-46 April 15, 2005.

UTHE IFs: U

If Louisville defeats South Georgia, it would ...

- Give the Fire a 1-1 record

- Give the Fire a 2-1 record against South Georgia

- Give the Fire a 12-10 record all-time in April

- Give the Fire a 20-35 record all-time on the road

LOUISVILLE (0-0), LOST 1

Date Opponent Result Score

3/30 Boise 7:30 N/A 1st Meeting

Date Opponent Time Streak Series

4/7 @ South Georgia 7:30 W 1 Tied 1 - 1

4/13 Cincinnati 5:30 N/A 1st Meeting

4/21 @ Alabama 8:00 L 1 Tied 4 - 4

5/5 @ Mahoning Valley 7:05 N/A 1st Meeting

5/11 @ Ft. Wayne 7:30 N/A 1st Meeting

5/19 Alabama 7:00 L 1 Tied 4 - 4

5/25 @ Quad City 8:30 W 1 QC 8 - 4

6/2 Green Bay 7:00 L 1 Tied 4 - 4

6/16 Ft. Wayne 7:00 N/A 2nd Meeting

6/23 @ Cincinnati 7:30 N/A 2nd Meeting

6/30 @ Albany 4:00 W 4 Fire 5 - 1

7/7 Mahoning Valley 7:00 N/A 2nd Meeting

7/14 Quad City 7:00 W 1 QC 8 - 4

7/20 @ Green Bay 8:30 L 1 Tied 4 - 4

7/28 Tennessee Valley 7:00 W 1 TV 2 - 1

SOUTH GEORGIA (1-0), WON 1

Date Opponent Result Score

3/31 Arkansas W 47-31

Date Opponent Time Streak Series

4/7 Louisville 7:30 L 1 Tied 1 - 1

4/12 @ Alabama 8:00 L 3 ALA 3 - 2

4/21 Tennessee Valley 7:30 W 1 TV 2 - 1

5/5 @ Rio Grande Valley 8:30 L 2 RGV 2 - 0

5/12 Florida 7:30 L 4 FLO 6 - 3

5/20 @ Arkansas 4:00 W 1 SGA 2 - 1

5/26 @ Bossier 8:00 W 1 Tied 1 - 1

6/2 Corpus Christi 7:30 N/A 1st Meeting

6/9 WB/Scranton 7:30 L 4 WBS 5 - 1

6/16 @ Tennessee Valley 8:30 W 1 TV 2 - 1

6/30 @ Manchester 7:00 L 1 Tied 3 - 3

7/7 @ Florida 7:30 L 4 FLO 6 - 3

7/14 Texas 7:30 N/A 1st Meeting

7/21 Alabama 7:30 L 3 ALA 3 - 2

7/28 @ Tulsa 8:00 L 1 TUL 1 - 0

UHEAD COACH:U

TOMMY JOHNSON, FIRE

Louisville Fire head coach Tommy Johnson, was born in Rome, Ga., and raised in Niceville, Fla. Johnson attended the University of Alabama, where he played defensive back. In 1992, he played on the Crimson Tide squad that defeated Miami for the National Championship. Johnson then continued his football career with the Jacksonville Jaguars and played 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. Johnson, who was named head coach of the Fire in 2003, led the Fire to the ArenaCup championship game in 2005 and is the Fire's all-time leader in wins with 36. Off the field Johnson is active in the community staying busy with various speaking engagements and volunteering his time a Kentucky Country Day with their football team. Johnson is also a member of Southeast Christian Church.

ULAST SERIES MEETINGU: The two teams last met on April 15, 2005 with the Fire winning 48-46 in Freedom Hall.

SERIES BY THE NUMBERS:

Record vs. South Georgia: 1 - 1

Last regular season game: Fire 48 South Georgia 46 April 15, 2005

Current streak: Fire won 1

Fire longest win streak vs. Wildcats: 1 (4/15/05 - Present

Wildcats longest win streak vs. Fire: 1 (4/5/2003 - 4/15/2005)

Most points, Fire: 48 (LOU 48 - 46 at LOU, 4/15/05)

Most points, Wildcats: 54 (CFW 54 - 20 at CF, 4/5/03)

Most points, both teams: 94 (LOU 48 - 46 at LOU, 4/15/05)

Fewest points, Fire: 20 (CFW 54 - 20 at CF, 4/5/03)

Fewest points, Wildcats: 46 (LOU 48 - 46 at LOU, 4/15/05)

Fewest points, both teams: 74 (CFW 54 - 20 at CF, 4/5/03)

SCHUTT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME AWARD

(Selected by media)

Week Opp. Player Team

1 Boise Bart Hendricks Boise

US ARMY IRONMAN OF THE GAME

(Selected by media)

Week Opp. Player Team

1 Boise Lee Marks Boise

ADT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME AWARD

(Selected by media)

Week Opp. Player Team

1 Boise Brandon Hazenburg Boise

CUTTERS CATCH OF THE GAME

(Selected by media)

Week Opp. Player Team

1 Boise Lonnell Dewalt LOU

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QUOTES: Fire head coach Tommy Johnson on:

Last week's game: "We need to put that loss behind us and move onto this game. It's a long season and if we play the way we are capable of we will win a lot of games."

South Georgia: "Coach Stingley will have this team ready to play. Last time we played one of his teams it came down to the last minute. We have to execute our game plan."

FORWARD MOTION: The Fire will come back to Freedom Hall next week on Friday April 13 for a match-up with the Cincinnati Jungle Kats. The game will kick-off at 5:30 and will be followed by a post game concert with the Charlie Daniels band.

FAMILIAR FACES: Fire head coach Tommy Johnson and South Georgia head coach Derek Stingley played and roomed together in the AFL from 1998 - 1999 with the Albany Firebirds.

TEAM TRENDS

RECORD'S BROKEN: The Fire set an af2 record and a team record in last week's game. Fire defensive back Matt Forbes set the af2's all-time interception record with his third quarter interception. Forbes now has 28 career interceptions.

Fire do everything fullback Demetrius "The Freight Train" Forney set the team record for yards per rush averaging 2.5 yards per carry on his 10 carries.

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