February 27, 2016

Wichita Falls Nighthawks vs. Spokane Empire Indoor Football League Game

The Spokane Empire Indoor Football League home opener came down to the wire as the Wichita Falls Nighthawks almost won the game on a field goal. Spokane won 66-65 and was in the lead most of the game behind 192 throwing yards by quarterback Charles Dowdell and 140 yards received by Jefferson Hayes, who also caught 2 touchdowns. But, a fumble by Spokane wide receiver Jefferson Hayes on a kickoff resulted in a touchdown by Wichita Falls defensive back Danny Jackson, tying the game at 58.

Wichita Falls scored on their next possession on a touchdown pass from Charles McClullum to Jordan Jolly to take the lead at 65-58. But, Spokane was able to score on their final possession on a pass from Charles Dowdell to Carl Sims. Spokane then opted to go for a two point conversion and a pass from Carl Sims to Trevor Kennedy which he ran in gave the Spokane the lead at 66-65. Wichita Falls was able to get good field possession with seconds left on the clock and Rockne Belmonte made what appeared to be a field goal. But, an offensive holding brought the ball back. Belmonte's second attempt went wide right as time elapsed. Spokane is now 2-0 in Indoor Football League play. Wichita Falls is 0-1.
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Fans enter the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena before the game.