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May 10, 2007 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Louisville Fire News Release

QUICK FACTS:

Louisville Fire (1-3) vs.

Mahoning Valley (3-1)

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2007

Kickoff: 7:05 P.M.

Site: Chevrolet Centre (6,100)

Officials: Referee: Alex Kemp; Umpire: Anthony Smith; Head Linesman: Brian Bolinger; Line Judge: Greg Bradley; Back Judge: Joel Clay

Radio: 1080-AM WKJK; louisvillefirefootball.com; Play-by-play Paul Wilman

Series Record: First Meeting

Streaks: Fire lost 1, Fusion lost 1

Coach: Tommy Johnson - Fire (37-32; 4-2 playoffs, Fourth Season)

THE STAKES: The Fire is finishing up a three game road swing and looking to do so with a 2-1 record. A victory would get the Fire's overall record back to .500 and give them a 2-0 record in the division.

THE SERIES: This is the first meeting between the Fire and the Fusion.

THE IFs:

If Louisville defeats Ft. Wayne, it would ...

- Give the Fire a 3-3 record

- Give the Fire an 12-16 record in May

- Give the Fire a 1-0 record against the Fusion

- Give the Fire a 16-12 record all-time on Fridays

- Would keep the Fire at least 1 game back of first place in the Midwest Division

- Give the Fire a 21-37 record all-time on the road

LOUISVILLE (2-3), Won 1

Date Opponent Result Score

3/30 Boise L 57-52

4/7 @ South Georgia L 77-53

5/5 Cincinnati W 61-54

5/5 @ MVTbama L 63-47

5/5 @ Mahoning Valley W 52-34

Date Opponent Time Streak Series

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

5/19 MVTbama 7:00 L 1 MVT 5 - 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 W 1 Fire 2-1

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

7/7 Mahoning Valley 7:00 W 1 Fire 1 - 0

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

FT. WAYNE FUSION (2-4), Lost 3

Date Opponent Result Score

3/31 Green Bay W 36-28

4/7 @ Bossier-Shreveport L 67-52

4/15 Spokane W 63-56

5/5 @ Manchester L 54-41

4/28 Albany L 35-21

5/8 Cincinnati L 35-32

Date Opponent Time Streak Series

5/11 Louisville 7:30 N/A 1st Meeting

5/26 Tennessee Valley 7:00 N/A 1st Meeting

6/2 @ Albany 4:00 N/A 1st Meeting

6/8 Quad City 7:30 N/A 1st Meeting

6/16 @ Louisville 7:00 N/A 1st Meeting

6/22 @ Green Bay 8:30 W 1 FWW 1 - 0

6/30 Cincinnati 7:00 N/A 1st Meeting

7/7 WB/Scranton 7:00 N/A 1st Meeting

7/14 @ Tennessee Valley 8:30 N/A 1st Meeting

7/26 @ Quad City 8:30 N/A 1st 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 MVTbama, 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 37. 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.

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

3 Cincinnati Tiger Jones LOU

4 @ MVTbama Markeith Cooper MVT

6 @ Mahoning Valley Tiger Jones LOU

US ARMY IRONMAN OF THE GAME

(Selected by media)

Week Opp. Player Team

1 Boise Lee Marks BOI

2 @ S. Georgia James Harris SGA

3 Cincinnati Demetrius Forney LOU

4 @ MVTbama Demetrius Forney LOU

6 @ Mahoning Valley Eddie Yauch LOU

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

3 Cincinnati Jerome Jones LOU

4 @ MVTbama Willie Smith MVT

6 @ Mahoning Valley Nate Green LOU

CUTTERS CATCH OF THE GAME

(Selected by media)

Week Opp. Player Team

1 Boise Lonnell Dewalt LOU

2 @ S. Georgia James Harris SGA

3 Cincinnati Quorey Payne LOU

6 @ Mahoning Valley Chris Archie MVT

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FORWARD MOTION: The Fire will return home next Saturday, after three straight road games, for a rematch with the MVTbama Steeldogs at 7:00 in Freedom Hall.

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.

THE CENTURY MARK: Fire rookie wide receiver Tiger Jones has been a standout in his first five games recording 100 yards receiving in each game. Jones had a career high 169 yards in the Fire's win over Mahoning Valley. Jones is currently third in receptions per game at 8.8, second in receiving yards with 621, first in receiving yards a game with 124.2 and fourth in receptions with 44.

FAMILIAR FACES

Fire head coach Tommy Johnson and Fusion coach Eddie Brown played together in the AFL for the Albany Firebirds during the 1997-98 seasons.

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

FIRE

Player Rank Category Stat

FORNEY, Demetrius 4 Rushing/G 26.2

FORNEY, Demetrius 2 Rushing Attempts 29

FORNEY, Demetrius T-5 Rushing TD's 6

FORNEY, Demetrius 7 Yards Per Rush 4.5

FORNEY, Demetrius 3 Rushing Yards 131

HENDRIX, Dave 9 Scoring (Kick) 37

JONES, Jerome T-1 Fumbles Recovered 3

JONES, Tiger T-3 Receptions/G 8.8

JONES, Tiger 2 Receiving Yards 621

JONES, Tiger 1 Receiving Yards/G 124.2

JONES, Tiger T-5 Receptions 44

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

Statistical Louisville Ft. Wayne

Category Rank Stat Rank Stat

Scoring Offense 9 53.0 24 40.8

Scoring Defense 27 57.0 15 45.8

Total Offense 3 300.6 26 214.3

Total Defense 21 266.4 16 253.5

Pass Offense 9 252.0 26 191.0

Pass Defense 24 254.0 19 233.3

Rushing Offense 1 48.6 14 23.3

Rushing Defense 4 12.4 16 20.2

Pass Rating 17 97.9 23 82.2

Pass Def. Rating 30 123.1 26 115.6

Turnover Margin T-21 -6 17 +1

Field Goals 9 .571 13 .333

PAT Kicking 13 .781 12 .786

Sacks By 7 12 T-20 6

Sacks Against T-9 5 T-13 6

First Downs 3 102 14 89

Opp. First Downs T-25 96 28 105

Penalties 29 71.8 7 46.5

Opp. Penalties 19 52.0 25 43.8

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