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August 15, 2005 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Louisville Fire News Release

FIRE ROLLS TO CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP: The Fire defeated Manchester, 69-56, Friday night to advance to the American Conference Championship game at Florida on Saturday night. Fire WR/LB Lawrence Matthews turned in an outstanding offensive performance catching nine passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns. Matthews also had two rushes for five yards and two touchdowns. Demetrius "Freight Train" Forney rushed for 23 yards and two touchdowns as well. Rob Mager caught six balls for 102 yards and three touchdowns. Nate Green and Cesare Manning also had one touchdown reception each. Defensively Rob Green opened the game with an interception on Manchester's first drive. Kabote Siykala totaled 10.5 tackles (9 unassisted, 3 assisted) and a pass break up. Forney also tallied 4.5 tackles and a fumble recovery.

NEXT UP: The Fire will head to Florida this weekend for a shot at the American Conference Championship. The Florida Firecats defeated Wilkes-Barre on Saturday night 59-45. The Firecats are the defending af2 Champions and finished the 2005 regular season with a 14-2 record. The Fire lost to the Firecats 47-43 on May 6 in Freedom Hall. This will be the Fire's first visit to Germain Arena. The game can be heard on ESPN Radio 1570-AM and 1600-AM at 7:30 P.M. with Paul Wilman.

ROUND TWO RECAP:

AMERICAN CONFERENCE

Louisville 69 Manchester 56

Florida 59 Wilkes-Barre 45

American Conference Championship Louisville @ Florida Saturday August 20 7:30 P.M.

NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Memphis 71 Amarillo 30

Rio Grande Valley 65 Tulsa 42

National Conference Championship Rio Grande Valley @ Memphis Friday August 19 7:30 P.M.

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