Wichita Falls Nighthawks



Years of Existence: 2015-
Venue: Kay Yeager Coliseum (Wichita Falls, TX)
Accomplishments
2015
2016 - Playoff appearance
2017 -
Lifetime Record: 27-20
Home: 15-8
Away: 12-12
Playoffs: 0-1
Average Attendance: 2,286

The Wichita Falls Nighthawks were a 2015 IFL expansion team. The team was led by Marcus Jackson at the QB spot. Jackson threw for 1,785 yards, 33 scores and 12 picks. Leading all receivers were Jerome McGee Jr. and Jefferson Hayes, combing for 938 yards and fifteen scores. James Ackel and Solomon Randle both picked off four passes, each returning one for a score. Despite winning four of five in the middle of the season, a four game losing streak to begin and five game losing streak to end the year doomed the team to a 4-10 record. The Nighthawks did secure a victory at Cedar Rapids, 38-34. Charles McCullum led the Nighthawks into their 2016 campaign, tossing 56 touchdowns to just 15 picks and 2,959 yards. McCullum spread the ball around to the most receivers in all indoor leagues in 2016, with Jordan Jolly, Tyrone Laughinghouse, Troy Evans, and Ja-Mes Logan all catching at least ten touchdowns. The Nighthawks defense also sacked opposing QBs 36 times. Three of the five regular season losses came to Sioux Falls and Spokane, the latter by just a point on opening night. However, the season screeched to a halt in the first round of the playoffs, when Cedar Rapids forced four turnovers and crushed Wichita Falls 66-36. It was 42-7 at one point in the second quarter. McCullum greatly improved on his 2016 numbers in the following season, throwing for 3,034 yards, 74 touchdowns and just 16 picks. Jordan Jolly remained as a top receiver, catching 21 scores and topping 1,100 yards. The Nighthawks had a 12-4 regular season campaign, defeating Sioux Falls twice, including snapping their multiyear home win streak with a 36-21 victory. However, key losses to Iowa and Nebraska, who both made the playoffs, kept the team out of the playoffs and sent Iowa to Sioux Falls in the first round instead, where they were soundly defeated.