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Wheelers put out Fire
By Steve Bittenbender/ FOR THE TIMES

LOUISVILLE, Ky. It wasnt pretty, but it was enough.

The Quad-City
Steamwheelers doused the Louisville Fire offense in the second half, holding the hosts to only 55 yards and one offensive touchdown as the defending arenafootball2 champions won 36-27 Friday night before 10,122 people at Freedom Hall.

Quad-Cities (2-0) won despite being outgained 201-178 in offense.

Quarterback Tony Zimmerman accounted for four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) on 13 of 24 passing for 185 yards, but it was the
Steamwheelers defense that won the game.

The defense sacked Louisville quarterback Matt Pike five times and blocked a field goal resulting in a safety all in the second half. The
Wheelers rolled off 22 straight points in a nine-minute span, taking a 36-21 lead midway through the fourth.

Ive been saying this all along, our front people are the strength of our football team,
Wheelers coach Rich Ingold said.

Living up to Ingolds comments, it was a lineman that turned the game around for the
Wheelers. But it happened on special teams.

Trailing 14-6 midway through the second quarter, T.J. Schneckloth, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound lineman, hustled downfield to recover Paul Schroeders 51-yard missed field goal at the Louisville 4. On the next play, Josh Fourdyce scored a touchdown. He and Zimmerman teamed up on a 2-point conversion pass to tie the game.

Schneckloth pounced on the ball after it bounced low off the net and squirted past two Louisville players. At first, he thought he might have gotten an early jump When I stood up, I could hear a pin drop in the arena, he said. I thought I was across the 5 (too early), but then I looked at the bench and they were going nuts.

For as many key plays Quad-Cities made, it also made several mistakes.

Zimmerman missed several open receivers deep. The
Wheelers also committed an illegal-defense penalty on a Louisville fourth-and-goal from the Wheelers 2.

That penalty, in the second quarter, allowed the Fire to take a 14-6 lead.

The
Wheelers also squandered a good opportunity midway in the first quarter.

After holding the Fire on downs at the Quad City 14 on the games first drive, the
Wheelers marched down to the Fire 5. On first and goal, Zimmerman handed the ball to Ira Gooch on a sweep, but Delvecchio Walls stripped Gooch, who caught two touchdown passes in the second half, and Tony Esters recovered for Louisville at the 5.

Four plays after Goochs fumble, Pike, who completed only 18 of 38 passes for 220 yards, connected with Alfonzo Browning on a 12-yard pass to give Louisville a 7-0 lead.

Quad City responded with its own four-play, 45-yard drive. Zimmerman connected with Chris Anthony on four straight passes, the last being a 11-yard diving catch in the front corner of the end zone. But Paul Schroeder shanked the extra point wide left to keep the score 7-6.

Schroeder had another subpar game. The kicker missed two field goals, from 51 and 43 yards, and hit only 2 of 4 extra points. In addition, several of his kickoffs were short, and a Louisville player saved him from having a kick enter the stands.

Ingold, who had expressed concerns prior to the game, said he will review the situation.

Basically, we wanted to give him another chance, he said. Weve got to go back and evaluate and see what needs to be done.

Contact the sports desk at (563) 383-2285 or
sports@qctimes.com.



 

Quad City Steamwheelers Roster
Active
                                    Roster April 12th    (R) 1st yr player in af2
                                    
HEAD COACH: Rich Ingold
ASSISTANT HEAD COACH: Jon Rhelk
VOL. ASST. COACH: Phil Hayek
ASST. COACH Reggie Mathis

ACTIVE ROSTER:
NO. NAME POS. HT. WT. COLLEGE PRO
86 - Chris Anthony OS 6'3" 205 Iowa State R
75 - Cory Bern OL/DL 6'3" 300 Western Illinois R
58 - Corey Brown OL/DL 6'2" 295 University of Iowa AF2 Quad City
97 - Derrick Davison FB/LB 6'1" 240 University of Iowa R 44 - Josh Fourdyce FB/LB 6'2" 260 Knox College AF2 Quad City
01 - Ira Gooch OS 6'0" 190 Central Michigan R
25 - Jeff Hewitt WR/DB 5'11" 190 South West Missouri State R
91 - Tim McGill OL/DL 6'3" 300 University of Illinois R
09 - Dan McMullen QB/WR/LB 6'3" 220 Saint Ambrose AF2
64 - Dempsey Miller OL/DL 6'2" 295 Northern Iowa AF2
05 - Hiawatha Phifer WR/DB 6'0" 200 Western Illinois AF2 - Quad City
62 - Michael Schaefer OL/DL 6'6" 300 Toledo R
03 - Paul Schroeder K 6'0" 215 Wisconsin-Oshkosh R 95 - T.J. Schneckloth OL/DL 6'5" 250 North West Missouri State R 50 - Justin Thies OL/DL 6'3" 270 Western Illinois AF2 - Quad City
02 - Eric Thigpen DS 6'1" 205 University of Iowa R
32 - Frank Trentadue FB/LB/OL/DL 6'1" 255 Elmhurst R
21 - Pee-Wee Woods DS 5'10" 176 Oklahoma AF2 - Quad City
12 - Tony Zimmerman QB 6'3" 220 Duquesne R


INACTIVE TAXI ROSTER:
42 - Raj Clark FB/LB 6'2" 240 University of Iowa R 06 - Tim Bailey WR/DB 511 180 grand Vallet st. AF2 Memphis


INJURED RESERVE:
56 - Damon Williams OL/DL 6'4" 305 Evangel AF2 - Quad City (foot)
20 - Shawn Orr DS 5'8" 175 Benedict College R
33 - Quarnail Arnold WR/DB 5'6" 160 William Penn R

Big 4th quarter saves defending champs, 36-27

By C. L. Brown
cbrown@courier-journal.com
The Courier-Journal

The Louisville Fire have made improvements, but last night the Quad City Steamwheelers made the plays.

Quad City, the two-time-defending arenafootball2 champion, scored 16 points in the fourth quarter to defeat the Fire 36-27 before a crowd of 10,122 in Freedom Hall.

''We did show a good effort, and the defense played well,'' said Jeff Brohm, the Fire's first-year head coach. ''But offensively, we weren't able to take advantage of our opportunities.''

The Fire (0-2) got most of its chances in the first half, during which it dominated in plays (29-17), yards (146-92) and time of possession (17:40-12:20). But all that translated into a 14-14 tie.

Although Louisville never trailed through the first three quarters, it never again led after the first play of the fourth quarter.

Quad City's Frank Trentadue blocked his second field-goal attempt of the game on a 49-yard try by Mike Moser. When the ball rolled out of the end zone, the safety gave Quad City (2-0) a 22-21 lead, which it quickly extended.

Steamwheelers quarterback Tony Zimmerman hit Ira Gooch in the right corner of the end zone for a 26-yard touchdown. Trailing 29-21, Louisville's late-game offensive problems began to show.

Quarterback Matt Pike seemed to be scrambling on every pass attempt. All of Quad City's five sacks came in the fourth quarter. One of the most damaging happened when Cory Bern dropped Pike for an 8-yard loss that forced a third-and-long. Pike completed a pass to Charles Sheffield, but he fumbled while trying to stretch for more yards.

''We weren't able to protect real well,'' Brohm said. ''In the fourth quarter we weren't able to protect at all. It seemed like everything we tried, they were able to get through.''

Following the turnover, Zimmerman found Gooch open in the left corner of the end zone for a 10-yard score and a 36-21 lead with 6:53 left.

Just as it seemed the Fire had burned out, a two-play scoring drive pulled it within 36-27. Pike connected with Anthony Payton on a 23-yard corner route.

The Fire then kept its momentum going as Marvin Taylor recovered an onside kick with just over five minutes left. But needing another quick score, Louisville, which outgained the Steamwheelers 201 yards to 178, could not move the ball. The Fire's drive never moved into Quad City territory.

Pike again was scrambling on every play, once being called for intentional grounding, and was sacked inside the 1 by Trentadue before the Fire turned the ball over on downs.

''They brought (Trentadue) from playing linebacker to nose guard,'' Pike said. ''He was just a beast. He was in my face a lot.''

Louisville's defense played much better than it did in its season opening loss to Memphis. The Fire allowed 60 points a week earlier but for the most part kept Quad City in check.

The defense even scored when Delvecchio Walls scooped up a fumbled lateral pass and took it 10 yards untouched into the end zone. But the defense could not make up for lost chances.

Louisville's first possession stalled at the Quad City 13 as Pike threw four straight incompletions into the end zone.

A second quarter scoring chance was erased when Pee Wee Woods picked off Pike's fade pass to Sheffield in the end zone.

''Just like last week, when we got down in the red zone, we couldn't stick it in,'' said Pike, who finished with 220 yards passing and two touchdowns. ''We're just having problems scoring down there when the field gets shorter.''

Walls gave the Fire another shot at building a lead with less than 20 seconds left in the first half. He returned Paul Schroeder's missed field-goal attempt 32 yards to Quad City's 18. Pike threw an incomplete pass and scrambled for 5 yards to set up Moser's 28yard field-goal attempt on the final play of the half.

Moser's kick never stood a chance. Trentadue got a good jump on the right side of the line and blocked the kick.

''I thought we would score more than this,'' Brohm said. ''If you get in the 40s, you have a good chance to win. When you don't, it's tough.''


                               Box Score (Final)
    Quad City Steamwhlrs vs Louisville Fire (Apr 12, 2002 at Louisville, KY)

  Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
  -----------------    -- -- -- --   -----
  Quad City Steamwhlrs  6  8  6 16  - 36       Record: (2-0)
  Louisville Fire.....  7  7  7  6  - 27       Record: (0-2)


  Scoring Summary:
  1st 04:59 LOU - BROWNING, Alfonzo 12 yd pass from PIKE, Matt (MOSER, Mike
                  kick from PIKE, Matt), 4-45 1:44, QUA 0 - LOU 7
      02:05 QUA - ANTHONY, Chris 11 yd pass from ZIMMERMAN, Tony (SCHROEDER,
                  Paul kick failed), 4-45 2:54, QUA 6 - LOU 7
  2nd 09:46 LOU - PIKE, Matt 1 yd run (MOSER, Mike kick), 10-45 7:19, QUA 6 -
                  LOU 14
      04:36 QUA - FOURDYCE, Josh 4 yd run (FOURDYCE, Josh pass), 1-4 0:00, QUA
                  14 - LOU 14
  3rd 05:53 LOU - WALLS, Delvecchio 10 yd fumble recovery (MOSER, Mike kick),
                  , QUA 14 - LOU 21
      02:05 QUA - ZIMMERMAN, Tony 1 yd run (SCHROEDER, Paul kick failed), 5-27
                  3:48, QUA 20 - LOU 21
  4th 14:28 QUA - TRENTADUE, Frank safety, , QUA 22 - LOU 21
      11:54 QUA - GOOCH, Ira 26 yd pass from ZIMMERMAN, Tony (SCHROEDER, Paul
                  kick from ZIMMERMAN, Tony), 3-49 2:34, QUA 29 - LOU 21
      07:11 QUA - GOOCH, Ira 10 yd pass from ZIMMERMAN, Tony (SCHROEDER, Paul
                  kick from ZIMMERMAN, Tony), 3-31 1:26, QUA 36 - LOU 21
      05:12 LOU - PAYTON, Anthony 23 yd pass from PIKE, Matt (MOSER, Mike kick
                  failed), 2-35 1:59, QUA 36 - LOU 27


                                                        QUA                      LOU
  FIRST DOWNS...................       14                        18
  RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 9-4                    7-26
  PASSING YDS (NET).............     174                  175
  Passes Att-Comp-Int...........        24-13-1            38-18-1
  TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS.. 35-178  50-201
  Fumble Returns-Yards..........      0-0                   1-10
  Kickoff Returns-Yards.........     2-33                  4-61
  Interception Returns-Yards....  1-0                    1-11
  Fumbles-Lost..................             4-2                    3-2
  Penalties-Yards...............            9-56                  8-49
  Possession Time...............          24:53               35:07
  Sacks By: Number-Yards........  5-45                2-11

  RUSHING: Quad City Steamwhlrs-FOURDYCE, Josh 2-5; GOOCH, Ira 1-0; ZIMMERMAN,
  Tony 6-minus 1. Louisville Fire-PIKE, Matt 3-11; ESTERS, Antonio 2-10;
  MERRITT, Miguel 1-5; SHELMAN, Anthony 1-0.

  PASSING: Quad City Steamwhlrs-ZIMMERMAN, Tony 13-24-1-185; ARNOLD, Quarnail
  0-0-0-minus 11. Louisville Fire-PIKE, Matt 18-38-1-220; TEAM 0-0-0-minus 45.

  RECEIVING: Quad City Steamwhlrs-ANTHONY, Chris 7-104; GOOCH, Ira 3-48;
  HEWITT, Jeff 3-33. Louisville Fire-BROWNING, Alfonzo 7-78; PAYTON, Anthony
  4-63; SHEFFIELD, Char 4-49; STILLMAN, Ty 2-22; SHELMAN, Anthony 1-8.

  INTERCEPTIONS: Quad City Steamwhlrs-WOODS, Pee-Wee 1-0. Louisville
  Fire-WALLS, Delvecchio 1-11.

  FUMBLES: Quad City Steamwhlrs-ZIMMERMAN, Tony 3-1; GOOCH, Ira 1-1.
  Louisville Fire-TEAM 1-1; PAYTON, Anthony 1-0; SHEFFIELD, Char 1-1.

  Stadium: Freedom Hall          Attendance: 10122
  Kickoff time: 7:30      End of Game: 10:09     Total elapsed time: 2:39
  Officials: Referee: Chick DiSensi; Umpire: Danny Doyle; Linesman: Mike
   Hagan;
  Line judge: Kavin McGrath; Back judge: Gary Wise; Scorer: Pete & Deuce;

  MVP Tony Zimmerman QB Quad City #12
  Ironman Frank Trentadue FB/LB Quad City #32
  ADT Def Player Delvecchio Walls Lou #22 DS


    Quad City Steamwhlrs vs Louisville Fire (Apr 12, 2002 at Louisville, KY)

  SACKS (UA-A): Quad City Steamwhlrs-MCGILL, Tim 2-0; BERN, Cory 2-0;
  TRENTADUE, Frank 1-0. Louisville Fire-TAYLOR, Leland 1-0; LILE, Gregory 1-0.

  TACKLES (UA-A): Quad City Steamwhlrs-PHIFER, Hiawatha 7-6; THIGPEN, Eric
  6-3; ANTHONY, Chris 4-1; WOODS, Pee-Wee 1-2; MCMULLEN, Dan 1-0; TRENTADUE,
  Frank 1-1; SCHAEFER, Mike 1-0; DAVISON, Derrick 0-3; BROWN, Corey 0-1; BERN,
  Cory 0-1. Louisville Fire-WALLS, Delvecchio 5-1; SHEFFIELD, Char 2-2;
  TAYLOR, Marvin 2-1; KARR, Joseph 2-1; SHELMAN, Anthony 1-1; STILLMAN, Ty
  1-1; LILE, Gregory 1-1; GRIGGS, Demetrius 1-0; TEAM 1-0; YEAST, Julius 1-1;
  DAWSON, James 0-1.


  Game Starters:

  Quad City Steamwhlrs                      Louisville Fire

  POS  ## OFFENSE                           POS  ## OFFENSE
  QB   12 ZIMMERMAN, Tony         QB   2  PIKE, Matt
  FB   32 TRENTADUE, Frank          FB   4  ESTERS, Antonio
  WR   1  GOOCH, Ira                        WR   29 SHELMAN, Anthon
  WR   5  PHIFER, Hiawath                WR   12 PAYTON, Anthony
  WR   86 ANTHONY, Chris             OS   17 BROWNING, Alfon
  OG   75 BERN, Cory                         OG   98 YEAST, Julius
  C    58 BROWN, Corey                    C    75 LILE, Gregory
  OG   91 MCGILL, Tim                      TE   56 TAYLOR, Leland




  POS  ## DEFENSE                           POS  ## DEFENSE
  LB   32 TRENTADUE, Frank            LB   4  ESTERS, Antonio
  LB   86 ANTHONY, Chris               LB   12 PAYTON, Anthony
  DB   21 WOODS, Pee-Wee             DB   29 SHELMAN, Anthon
  DB   5  PHIFER, Hiawath                 DS   22 WALLS, Delvecc
  DB   2  THIGPEN, Eric                      DS   26 KARR, Joseph
  DE   75 BERN, Cory                          DE   98 YEAST, Julius
  NG   58 BROWN, Corey                  NG   75 LILE, Gregory
  DE   91 MCGILL, Tim                       NG   56 TAYLOR, Leland






   Player participation:

   Quad City Steamwhlrs: 3-SCHROEDER, Paul, 9-MCMULLEN, Dan, 22-HEWITT, Jeff,
   44-FOURDYCE, Josh, 50-THIES, Justin,62-SCHAEFER, Mike, 64-MILLER, Dempsey,
   95-SCHNECKLOTH, TJ, 97-DAVISON, Derric.
   Louisville Fire: 1-SHEFFIELD, Char, 5-MOSER, Mike, 6-GRIGGS, Demetri,
   10-MERRITT, Miguel, 11-TAYLOR, Marvin, 19-ENGLISH, Dan,24-STILLMAN, Ty,
   51-DAWSON, James, 52-NALLY, Matt.