Louisville tops Thunder again; Mahoning Valley drops to 5-8

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Mahoning Valley Thunder lost its second straight game and fell to 5-8 on the season with a 57-32 setback to the Louisville Fire in an af2 game Saturday night at Freedom Hall.

The Fire improved to 7-6.

No information was provided to The Vindicator by either team or the league for today’s deadline.

The Thunder lost both games to Louisville this season. The Fire won 52-34 at the Chevrolet Centre May 6.

The Thunder returns to the Chevrolet Centre Friday night when they play host to the Albany Conquest at 7:05 p.m.

The game will be broadcast on WBBW-AM (1240) and WLLF-FM (96.7).

On April 6, the Thunder defeated the Conquest 64-59 in Albany, N.Y.

Last week the Thunder lost to the Wilkes-Barre⁄Scranton Pioneers, 51-40, after falling behind 9-0.

“We can’t get off to a bad start. We can’t come out of the gates so slow,” said Thunder coach Mike Hold prior to Saturday’s game in Louisville.

But the Thunder did get good offensive performances from quarterback Glenn Gauntt and wide receivers DeMarcus Mathes and Chris Archie.

Gauntt, in his first game after being out five weeks with an injury, was involved in five touchdowns, four coming on passes. He threw two TD passes each to Mathes (39 and 27 yards) and Archie (29 and 16), and one to Tim Murphy (5).

“[Gauntt] had a good week at practice last week after being off five weeks in a cast. He had to make a little adjustment. He suffered a broken bone in his throwing hand,” said Hold. “The completion percentage wasn’t there. But we had some drops and he threw some bad balls, but overall it wasn’t a bad performance [although] he can play better.”

Mathes and Archie became the first two Thunder players to reach 1,000 receiving yards for the year. Archie has 1,010 receiving yards on 89 catches while Mathes has 1,009 yards on 69 catches.

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