Vipers win over Fire 41-30
The Tennessee Valley Vipers came in to Saturday night's game with the Louisville Fire looking for their first win of the season, after starting 0-3 for the first time in Vipers history, and the Vipers behind the play of receiver Maurice Brown got the job done, winning 41-20 over the Fire. The Vipers struck first with a Brent Dearmon 22 yard touchdown pass to Gary Elliott and the Vipers never looked back.
Louisville battled back throughout the first half and got the game tied with 7:55 remaining in the second quarter, but the Vipers drove down and had a chance to go ahead at the half, but a Nick Hayes 23 yard field goal attempt was wide right and the game remained tied 20-20 at the half. Louisville got the ball to begin the second half but their drive stalled inside Vipers territory and the Vipers took over and went on a six play drive and took over the lead 27-20 with a Travis Blanchard 2-yard touchdown run. The Vipers again held the Fire out of the end zone on their next drive and found the end zone once again when Dearmon found Alonzo Nix wide open in the back of the end zone to give the Vipers a commanding 34-20 lead.
The Fire would get within one score when Aaron Marshall found Lonnell Dewalt for a 13-yard touchdown pass and Louisville climbed to within seven, 34-27. Fire kicker Danny Kight knocked home a 24 yard field goal with 4:52 remaining in the game, but Dearmon again found Brown in the end zone with a 4 yard touchdown pass for the Vipers with five minutes remaining in the game, and that was enough for the Vipers to secure their first win of the season.
The Vipers improve to 1-3 on the season, while the Fire drop to 2-2.
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