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April 9, 2007 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Louisville Fire News Release

QUICK FACTS:

Louisville Fire (0-2) vs.

Cincinnati Jungle Kats (0-1)

Date: Friday, April 13, 2007

Kickoff: 5:30 P.M.

Site: Freedom Hall (12,500)

Officials: Referee: Matt Austin; Umpire: Conrad Carney

Head Linesman: Tony Josselyn; Line Judge: Tommy Walsh;

Back Judge: Jabir Walker

Radio: The Zone 1570-AM

Series Record: First meeting

Streaks: Fire lost 2, Jungle Kats lost 1

Coach: Tommy Johnson - Fire (35-31; 4-2 playoffs, Fourth Season)

THE STAKES: The Fire is looking for their win of the 2007 season and their first win over the Jungle Kats. The Jungle Kats will also be looking for their first win of the season.

THE SERIES: This will be the first time the two teams have met.

THE IFs:

If Louisville defeats Cincinnati, it would ...

- Give the Fire a 1-2 record

- Give the Fire a 12-11 all-time in April

- Give the Fire a 15-12 record all-time on Fridays

- Give the Fire a 28-22 record in Freedom Hall

- Give the Fire a 1-0 record all-time against Cincinnati

Date Opponent Result Score

3/30 Boise L 57-52

4/7 @ South Georgia L 77-53

Date Opponent Time Streak Series

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

LOUISVILLE (0-2)

CINCINNATI (0-1)

Date Opponent Result Score

3/31 Quad City L 81-21

Date Opponent Time Streak Series

4/13 @ Louisville 5:30 N/A 1st Meeting

4/21 @ Mahoning Valley 7:00 N/A 1st Meeting

4/28 @ WB/Scranton 7:00 N/A 1st Meeting

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

5/12 Tennessee Valley 7:30 N/A 1st Meeting

5/18 @ Green Bay 8:30 N/A 1st Meeting

5/26 Alabama 7:30 N/A 1st Meeting

6/2 Mahoning Valley 7:30 N/A 2nd Meeting

6/15 @ Albany 7:00 N/A 1st Meeting

6/23 Louisville 7:30 N/A 2nd Meeting

6/30 @ Ft. Wayne 7:00 N/A 1st Meeting

7/7 Manchester 7:30 N/A 1st Meeting

7/14 Green Bay 7:30 N/A 2nd Meeting

7/20 @ Quad City 8:30 L 1 QC 1 - 0

7/28 @ Alabama 8:00 N/A 2nd Meeting

HEAD COACH:

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.

LAST SERIES MEETING: This is the first meeting between the two teams.

SCHUTT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME AWARD

(Selected by media)

Week Opp. Player Team

1 Boise Bart Hendricks BOI

2 S. Georgia D. Bryant SGA

US ARMY IRONMAN OF THE GAME

(Selected by media)

Week Opp. Player Team

1 Boise Lee Marks BOI

2 S. Georgia James Harris SGA

ADT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME AWARD

(Selected by media)

Week Opp. Player Team

1 Boise Brandon Hazenburg BOI

2 S. Georgia Daryon Brutley SGA

CUTTERS CATCH OF THE GAME

(Selected by media)

Week Opp. Player Team

1 Boise Lonnell Dewalt LOU

2 S. Georgia James Harris SGA

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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.

TEAM TRENDS

RECORD'S BROKEN: The Fire set an af2 record and a team record in the Fire's opening game against Boise. 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.

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

FIRE

Player Rank Category Stat

FORBES, Matt 7 Int. Return Yards 38

FORBES, Matt T-1 Int. Return TD's 1

FORBES, Matt T-7 Pass Defended 4

FORNEY, Demetrius 6 Rushing Yards/G 16.0

FORNEY, Demetrius 1 Rushing Attempts 12

FORNEY, Demetrius 6 Rushing Yards 32

FORNEY, Demetrius T-2 Rushing TD's 3

HENDRIX, Dave T-5 Scoring (Kick) 11

HENDRIX, Dave T-1 Field Goal Pct. 1.000

HENDRIX, Dave T-6 PAT's Made 8

JONES, Jerome T-2 Fumbles Recovered 1

JONES, Tiger 4 All Purpose Yards 366

JONES, Tiger T-2 Receptions 19

JONES, Tiger 5 Receiving Yards 220

JONES, Tiger 5 Receiving Yards/G 110.0

JONES, Tiger 5 Kick Return Yards 146

MILES, Gordon 10 Yards Per Rush 8.0

SAUK, Matt 7 Total Offense 363.0

SAUK, Matt T-8 Total TD's 6

SAUK, Matt 1 Passing Yards/G 363.0

SAUK, Matt 6 Completion Pct. 70.5

SAUK, Matt 7 Pass Attempts 44

SAUK, Matt T-7 Passing TD's 6

SAUK, Matt 5 Pass Rating 119.8

SAUK, Matt 7 Completions 31

TALE OF THE TAPE: Here's how the Fire and Jungle Kats stack up:

Statistical Louisville Cincinnati

Category Rank Stat Rank Stat

Scoring Offense 12 52.5 26 21.0

Scoring Defense 28 67.0 30 81.0

Total Offense T-6 310.0 T-6 310.0

Total Defense 22 282.0 30 349.0

Pass Offense 7 282.5 3 305.0

Pass Defense 23 259.0 28 320.0

Rushing Offense 7 27.5 T-24 5.0

Rushing Defense T-16 23.0 24 29.0

Pass Rating 17 90.8 23 82.0

Pass Def. Rating 28 129.8 30 151.7

Turnover Margin T-28 -5 T-28 -5

Field Goals T-1 1.000 T-11 .000

PAT Kicking T-16 .667 T-1 1.000

Sacks By T-5 3 T-15 1

Sacks Against T-22 3 T-15 2

First Downs 2 43 T-22 15

Opp. First Downs 27 38 22 27

Penalties 30 78.5 8 36.0

Opp. Penalties 9 43.0 27 20.0

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