Back home in Indianapolis, the Indiana Nighthawks hosted the Kokomo Mustangs in the nightcap of a double-header at Roncalli High School on last Saturday night. The winless Nighthawks (0-3) felt going into this game that would bring the season back from the brink of disappointment but the undefeated Mustangs (3-0) would not roll over easily.

The game started with a back and forth struggle between the teams trying to really establish themselves. TeamBLACKOUT of the Nighthawks was able to hold the Mustang offense to start the game but were back on the field after a short drive by the Nighthawk offense. The Nighthawks offense was able to get things moving and eventually punched it across the goal line early in the second quarter. Even though the Nighthawks did not convert the 2-point conversion, the 6-0 margin was the first lead all season they enjoyed. The Nighthawk defense weathered a long drive by the Mustang offense but when the Nighthawk offense was not able to make anything happen with the football, the Mustangs got it back. They were able to score on the Nighthawks just before the half; their 2-point conversion attempt failed which left the game tied at 6 at the break.

The Mustang defense made the adjustments needed to give the Nighthawk offense more pressure; the Nighthawks had a few miscues that turned into a couple of turnovers.  The Mustang offense had drives that started with a short field when the Nighthawk offense was not able to advance the football.  Fatigue and injuries plagued the Nighthawks on both sides of the ball.  With the Mustangs widen the margin going into the fourth quarter, the Nighthawks had to dig deep to keep it a contest and was able to muster a couple of scores.  The Mustangs proved to be a little too much in the end for the Nighthawks.  There were three turnovers by the Nighthawks that the Mustangs were able to turn into 18 points.  Those handful of plays ended up being the difference in the game.  The final score of the game, 30-18.

The Indiana Nighthawks are on the road next to take on the Joliet Buccaneers in Downers Grove, IL.  The Buccaneers (2-2) provide the Nighthawks with an opportunity to still get on the right track and potentially finish .500 — with an outside chance of making the post-season.  At the halfway point of the season, the Nighthawks find themselves in a position where the playoffs can be obtained by winning their remaining games and some keys losses from a couple of conference rivals.  Stay tuned as the MSFL season fires up for the second half.

-RCS3

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