KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Knoxville Nighthawks won their first game of the season over the 2012 PIFL Champion Albany Panthers. The final score was 31-28.
The Nighthawks defense came out and set the tone early by playing a very physical game. Returning receiver Ryan Schuck gave the Nighthawks offense a new life.
“It feels good to get the first win of the season in front of the home town fans. Our guys played hard and I am proud of their effort, “ said Head Coach Cosmo DeMatteo said.
The Nighthawks struck first on a 1 yard touchdown by Daccus Turman. But Albany struck back to take the lead at 7-6. Both teams went back and forth, but the Nighthawks lead at halftime 24-21.
The second half was a defensive battle. Both teams managed 7 points each offensively. In the end, a fumble recovery by Nighthawks and an interception by Gini Ibe on the next drive, helped seal the win for Knoxville.
The Nighthawks enter an off week and will travel to Louisiana on Saturday, April 20th for their next game. The Nighthawks return to the Knoxville Civic Coliseum on Saturday, May 4th against Lehigh Valley.