Week 8 Recap:
The Fire got back on track with a dominating victory over the Mahoning Valley Thunder. The game started slow with the Fire getting down early 14-0 but the defense was able to respond and not allow the Thunder to score again until late in the fourth quarter. During the game the Fire went on a run of 47 unanswered points. Due to graduation from Georgetown University Matt Bassuener was unable to be at the game so back-up quarterback Aaron Marshall got the start. Marshall went 15-29-178 throwing with one interception and five touchdowns. He completed passes to five different receivers including Thomas Coleman, who caught his first career pass for 15 yards. Demetrius Forney, who normally does his damage on the ground, had two touchdown receptions (one from Marshall and the other from Danny Southwick). Coleman was not the only offensive lineman to get his hands on the ball, Joe Washington recovered a Marshall fumble and advanced it for a four yard gain.
The defense was not out shadowed by the offense. Three of the four defensive backs had an interception (Matt Forbes-2, Perry Kyles-1, and Dominic Ross-1) and wide receiver converted into a linebacker Tymere Zimmerman also had an interception. The Fire were also able to apply pressure to former Fire quarterback Shane Adler. Keller Speaks recorded 2.5 of the team's seven sacks. Bernard Jackson, Zachariah Babington-Johnson, DeMonte Coleman, Jerome Jones, and offensive lineman Tim Long also recorded sacks during the game. Speaks and Babington-Johnson also forced fumbles that were recovered by the Fire.
STAT OF THE GAME-The Fire's average starting position was on the Mahoning Valley 21-yard line. In the third quarter the offense had three drives starting at the Mahoning Valley 20-, 8-, and 1-yard line for an average of the Mahoning Valley 10. In that same quarter the Thunder averaged their best field position starting at the Mahoning Valley 15-, 8-, 4-, 25-yard line for an average starting position of the Mahoning Valley 13 (which was the best average starting field position of any quarter). For the game the Thunder's average starting position was at the Mahoning Valley 12-yard line. The Thunder had one drive begin inside Louisville territory and that drive ended in a fumble. The Fire had 8 of 15 drives begin in Mahoning Valley territory.
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