Wichita Falls Nighthawks Clipped in Regular Season Debut [PHOTOS]
The Wichita Falls Nighthawks made their regular season home debut on Saturday night, playing host to the Nebraska Danger inside Kay Yeager coliseum. The Nighthawks stumbled in the second half, allowing Nebraska to claim a 36-26 win. Nebraska won last week's meeting with Wichita Falls, 35-20, in Grand Island, Nebraska.
Wichita Falls (0-3) started the game hot pouring in 20 first half points, 13 unanswered in the first quarter, to grab the teams' first halftime lead of the season. The Nighthawks were led with wide receiver Demarkus Washington's 2 touchdown grabs from QB Marcus Jackson. Jackson also ran in a TD in the first half. Wichita Falls missed on one scoring opportunity, missing a 26 yard field goal attempt wide left with 5:38 to play in the second quarter. That attempt was the last chance the Nighthawks had to score until the final minute.
The turnover bug bit the Nighthawks hard in the second half, forcing 6 turnovers in the teams' final 7 drives. Three interceptions and two fumbles marred the Nighthawks offense. The turnovers allowed Nebraska (3-0) to score 30 unanswered points to push the Nighthawk deficit to 36-20 with 6:54 to play in the game. On the ensuing possession, Nighthawks QB Marcus Jackson threw his 3rd and final pick. The following Nebraska Danger drive did not produce any points (turnover on downs), but did chew up 4:17 of precious game time.
Wichita Falls finished on a high note in front of a good home crowd, capping a seven play drive with a 5 yard TD pass from Jackson to Jerome McGee Jr. to cut the Nebraska lead to ten with 22 seconds left in the game. Wichita Falls finished the game with 154 yards of offense; 79 yards passing and 75 yards rushing.
The win allows the Danger to remain in first place in the Intense conference with a 3-0 record while the Nighthawks drop to 0-3 in last place. The Nighthawks will have a bye week on March 21, and return to the field on March 28 to host the Tri-Cities Fever at Kay Yeager coliseum. Kick-off is slated for 7 p.m..