The Fire Finish Off the Shock with a "Shocker"
Louisville, KY - The Louisville Fire (4-5) hosted the Spokane Shock (8-1) at Freedom Hall in an attempt to bounce back after a heartbreaking loss the prior week. The first quarter saw an aggressive Fire offense with QB Brett Dietz scoring on two different rushing touchdowns and a 15-yard pass from QB Dietz to WR Lance Taylor. The Shock was only able to muster a 19-yard passing touchdown from QB Alex Neist to WR Charles Fredrick against a stingy Fire defense.
The second quarter shootout began with a short 3-yard pass from Neist to WR Fredrick making up for lost ground in the first quarter. The Fire fired back with a 40-yard bomb from Dietz to WR Rob Mager adding to his league high toll of 1,156 receiving yards so far this season. With 10:37 left in the first half the Shock scored with an 11-yard pass from Neist to Fredrick. The remainder of the first half saw Dietz distribute two passes to WR Dennis Fryzel and Mager in addition to a rushing touchdown by WR Nate Green. The Shock also had two passing touchdowns from Neist to WR Antwone Savage and WR Chris Stallworth to end the half.
The third quarter picked up right where the second quarter shootout left off. The air attack of both teams began in the second half with a 10-yard Shock pass from Neist to Savage. The Fire answered back with a Dietz passing touchdown to Taylor continuing the offensive bombardment by both teams. The third quarter ended with another Dietz to Mager touchdown and a Neist to Fredrick tightening up the score for a photo finish in the fourth.
To open the fourth quarter, Dietz connected with Taylor on a 5-yard pass which Taylor summed up with a cell phone call to tell the world about the "shocker" the Shock had just received. The Shock fought back with a 6-yard rushing touchdown by Fredrick. With 6:58 left in the game, Fire K Dave Hendrix continued his stellar night connecting on a 25-yard field goal increasing the Fire's lead. The game ended after two scores each from both sides including a 2-yard Shock rushing touchdown by Fredrick and a game ending passing touchdown from Fire Dietz to Mager. This win gives the Fire a huge morale boost as they hit the road against Albany next week.
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