LEXINGTON, Ky. (www.lexingtonhorsemen.com) – The Lexington Horsemen travel to the Derby City on Saturday to face the Louisville Fire in the War on I-64, the first-ever meeting between the two Kentucky teams in the history of the two franchises. Kick-off in Freedom Hall is slated for 7 p.m. EDT and the game will be carried live on 101.5 FM The Planet with Gary Ball and Randy Wilson. Live audio will also be available at www.wvlkam.com.
Lexington (3-1) currently stands atop the American Midwest Division after back-to-back road wins in a five-day span against the Iowa Barnstormers and the Mahoning Valley Thunder. Saturday’s game will mark the third consecutive road game for the Horsemen, their longest road swing since the 2005 season.
“Our two road wins this season have really helped us with character and learning how to win in a hostile environment,” Lexington head coach Mike Harmon said. “Our guys have showed a lot of character so far this season by battling frustrations, crowds and injuries, and finding a way to win.”
Saturday’s game will mark the first of three meetings this season between the Horsemen and the Fire (2-2). Single-game tickets for the upcoming contest are available for as little as $5 and may be purchased by contacting the Louisville Fire Ticket Office at (502) 368-0009.
A number of players who played together or faced one another either collegiately within the state of Kentucky or in high school will be squaring off. Former University of Kentucky players include Earven Flowers, Aaron Miller and Craig Yeast of the Horsemen, and Lonnell Dewalt of the Fire. Former University of Louisville players include J.T. Haskins of the Horsemen, and Broderick Clark and Jerry Spencer of the Fire. Former Georgetown College players include Ike Clepper, Eddie Eviston and Chad Spencer of the Horsemen, and Matt Bassuener and Brent Craft of the Fire.
The Horsemen are coming off a thrilling 41-35 win against Mahoning Valley last Friday night. Quarterback Eddie Eviston launched a 32-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Chad Spencer as time expired to lift Lexington to the victory. Eviston, who has thrown five or more touchdown passes in a single game on 10 occasions in his career, ranks fourth in arenafootball2 in touchdown passes thrown with 17 scoring strikes this season.
The Horsemen are one of the top defensive teams in the league, holding opponents to an average of 33.5 points per game. Additionally, Lexington is third in af2 in pass defense, limiting the opposition to 165.5 yards per game through the air. The Horsemen are fourth in total defense, allowing only 199.8 yards per game by their opponents.
As has become customary for Lexington over the years, the Horsemen have one of the game’s top kick return units, led by specialist William Mulder. As a team, Lexington ranks third in arenafootball2 by averaging 22.0 yards per return.
Louisville enters Saturday’s game with a 2-2 record after dropping each of its last two games. The Fire lost to Quad City at home on April 11 and dropped a 41-30 decision on the road at Tennessee Valley on April 19.
The Fire are the top rushing team in arenafootball2, averaging a league-leading 49.8 yards per game. Additionally, Louisville is holding its opposition to just 7.0 rushing yards per game, which ranks second in the league.
Complete results and a recap of Saturday’s game will be available at www.lexingtonhorsemen.com.
• Lexington has won six of its last eight games dating back to the 2007 campaign.
• The Horsemen and Fire are meeting for the first time in the history of the two franchises and the first of three times this season.
• Lexington is in the midst of its first three-game road swing since the 2005 campaign, when the Horsemen spent three games on the road from April 2-April 16 at Evansville, Sioux Falls and Peoria.
• Quarterback Eddie Eviston has thrown five or more touchdown passes in a single game twice this season and 10 times in his Horsemen career.
• Led by specialist William Mulder, the Horsemen rank third in arenafootball2 in kickoff returns by averaging 22.0 yards per return.