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2009-07-24

Firecats Look To Corral Horsemen

KENTUCKY HORSEMEN (10-5) AT FLORIDA FIRECATS (6-9)

SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2009 – Germain Arena 7:35 P.M. ET

The Florida Firecats close out the regular season at home this week against the Kentucky Horsemen. This year the two teams have split their two games prior to this week’s contest with each winning on their respective home turfs. In what has proven to be one of the toughest divisions in the league, the Horsemen are in second place in the South and trail the Tennessee Valley Vipers by one game.
Kentucky finished No. 9 in the final league coaches poll announced earlier in the week. Last week the Horsemen won in their regular season home finale, defeating Peoria, 43-34.

QBs JARED LORENZEN and JUSTIN RASCATI again shared the workload, combining for 23-of-37 passing for 250 yards and four touchdowns. Rascati added two rushing TDs on five attempts for 33 yards. WR HARRY LEWIS had seven catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns. WR LONNELL DEWALT had seven grabs as well for 67 yards and two touchdowns. K DOUG DANIEL went 1-2 in field goals, but nailed the clinching three-pointer with 40 seconds left to make it a two-possession game.

The Kentucky defense combined to come up with three turnovers in the game. DB J.T. HASKINS led the Horsemen in tackles with 6.5. DB WILLIAM MULDER recorded 4.5 tackles and an interception, bringing his season total to eight picks.

Florida enters its home finale ranked No. 15 in the latest league coaches poll. The Firecats played the af2's second toughest schedule this year and saw its postseason chances dimmed by their loss last week against Tennessee Valley, 56-39. The Vipers swept the season series from the Firecats. QB JUSTIN MIDGETT started his second straight game in place of the injured CHRIS WALLACE and completed 28-of-50 passes for 278 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. He connected with WR MAGIC BENTON 12 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns. FB JAMES BEAR plowed through for a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter to bring the Firecats within nine.

Florida’s defensive effort was led by DB JAMES MCCOY who recorded seven tackles and a pass breakup in the game. He also had a 54-yard kickoff return TD. Linebacker George Lewis was recognized by the af2 for his hard block that spung McCoy for his touchdown. he recieved the NiFTY TV Hit of the Week award.

This week’s game should be very competitive from start to finish as both clubs have a lot at stake. Florida wants a playoff berth while the Horsemen want a home playoff game.