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May 1, 2006 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Louisville Fire News Release

FIRE WINS SECOND STRAIGHT: After jumping out to a 21 - 6 lead in the first quarter the Fire never looked back Saturday night defeating Green Bay 45-39. The Fire's victory was once again paced by a stellar defensive effort, for the third straight game the defense held the opponent to no more than 40 points. The Fire defense has no given up more than 45 points all season. Fire OS Rob Mager hauled in eight passes for 87 yards and five touchdowns, and was named Schutt Offensive Player of the Game.

INTERCEPTED: The Fire secondary got back to its thieving ways on Saturday picking off three Green Bay passes. Charles Ealy grabbed his first interception of the season, while Jeremy Chandler and Kabote Sikyala both had one, to raise their total to three each. The Fire secondary is on pace for 28 interceptions this season, which would best the Fire's all-time record of 21 set last season.

BUSY IN THE BACKFIELD: The last two games Fire linemen Ike Hilton and Shelton Connor have spent a lot of time in the opponent's backfield. Hilton recorded half a sack against Green Bay, one sack against Birmingham, and one quarterback hurry against Birmingham. Connor, who was named ADT Defensive player of the game against Green Bay, recorded two sacks and two hurries against Birmingham and one and half sacks and three hurries against Green Bay.

BACK ON THE ROAD: The Fire will travel south this weekend to take on the Birmingham Steeldogs in a rematch from last week's Fire victory against the Steeldogs. The Fire is looking to break a streak of five straight losses on Derby weekend.

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