Nighthawks fall 51-36 to Richmond in home opener


KNOXVILLE - The Knoxville Nighthawks had some early momentum against the Richmond Raiders on Saturday night, but it turned out to be another tough outing for coach Cosmo DeMatteo's squad.

The Hawks fell 51-36 to the Raiders at Knoxville Coliseum and dropped to 0-4 on the Professional Indoor Football League season, while Richmond improved to 2-1.

Knoxville will host the Albany Panthers on Friday night at The Coliseum. Kickoff is set for 7:30.

The Nighthawks had led 22-13 with just under seven minutes to go in
the first half on Deandre Brown's 35-yard scoring reception from Randy
Hippeard followed by Armando Cuko's extra point. Richmond answered on fullback Mike Jones' 1-yard run and then took the lead for good on a
52-yard field goal from T.C. Stevens heading to halftime that made ot a
23-22 game.

The Hawks stayed within striking distance in the second half and
trailed just 44-36 after Hippeard's 10-yard scoring run with 10 minutes
to play. Richmond, however, sealed the win on Antwuan Williams' 20-yard touchdown reception with 4:47 left and held on from there.


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