Nighthawks Avoid Danger 57-40

Nighthawks Avoid Danger 57-40

Story by Times Record News

Coming off one of their biggest wins in team history, the Wichita Falls Nighthawks were on red alert with the Nebraska Danger coming to Kay Yeager Coliseum on Friday night.

But there would be no letdown as Wichita Falls dominated from the opening kickoff until the final buzzer en route to a 57-40 victory that improves the team's record to 9-2.

"There is always a concern about a letdown after playing a six-time defending champion," Wichita Falls coach Billy Back said. "We knew we had to keep building off that last win knowing how good Nebraska is. They were on the losing end of three of those last six championship matchups."

Charles McCullum led a relentless offensive attack. The Nighthawks were stopped on their opening possession and were only stopped once again in the third until the final minute of the game. Other than that, Wichita Falls scored when it had the ball.

"Offensively we made the plays when we had to," Back said. "This may not have been our best offensive game, but we did everything we had to do to win the game."

McCullum played a pivotal role, going 17-of-26 for 177 yards and five touchdowns. He also ran for 29 yards and a score.

Tyler Williams was a solid spark plug for the Nighthawks, scoring twice on receptions and once on a 20-yard run. He finished the night with 207 all-purpose yards.

Defensively, the Nighthawks got six stops and also forced two field goals.

"Coaches Ernie Cooke and Devin Smith had a great game plan tonight," Back said. "They did a great job putting pressure on them. They (the defense) really gave us every opportunity to win this game. We were great on defense tonight."

Michael Green closed out the win with a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown with 11 seconds left in the game.