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Mitchell Poised To Ignite The Fire

March 18, 2014 - Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) - Georgia Fire News Release

ROME, GA (March 18, 2014) - Ready to take the helm, the Georgia Fire of the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) will open their first training camp later this week with quarterback Chris Mitchell as their leading gunslinger.

It may be a fresh start for most, but the expansion Georgia Fire indoor football team has something that only a few other clubs in the PIFL have, a proven starter at quarterback.

After serving as a back-up in Albany, Mitchell got his time to shine as starter with the Louisiana Swashbucklers in 2013. Before an abrupt end to their season, Mitchell had the Swashbucklers on a path towards clinching a playoff spot completing 169 passes on 282 attempts for 2, 242 yards and 41 touchdowns leading Louisiana to a 5-6 record.

Coming into the season there were some question marks as to whether Mitchell could develop into an indoor pocket passer as he was mostly known coming into the season as a running quarterback. In at least ten games played, Mitchell finished third among quarterbacks in completion percentage (59.9 %) and tied for first with former teammate Cecil Lester in pass attempts to interceptions ratio (35.3). He also punched in a team-high eight rushing touchdowns.

"Mitchell is really a great quarterback who I saw first-hand what he can do on three occasions last season," says Georgia Fire Head Coach Cosmo DeMatteo. "I am looking forward to working with him as well as the possibilities he can take our offense."

Other roster moves before the start of camp include the signing of DB Alan Strong (5'9 190, Vanderbilt) and DB Kieron Jones (5'10 180, SE Louisiana). Strong previously signed with the Columbus Lions back in 2012 while Jones spent the early part of this month in camp with the AFL's Jacksonville Sharks.

The Georgia Fire kickoff their inaugural season on Saturday April 5th in their 2014 home-opener against the defending PIFL Champion Alabama Hammers. For single-game ticket information The Forum Civic Center box office at 706-291-5281.

For more information about Fire as they prepare for the upcoming season stay tuned to www.georgiafire.us.

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