Nighthawks Soar In Opener

Around 10,000 people watched the birth of franchise Sunday, as the Wichita Falls Nighthawks hit the field for the first time.

They were treated to a big win over the North Texas Stampede.

After Tim Tebow kicked it off, the Nighthawks offense kept the momentum going. A couple plays after Tyron Carrier ran back a punt into Stampede territory, Justin Johnson capped off a drive by sprawling over the goal line for a 9-yard touchdown run.

"It's been a while since I was actually able to play and do something that was actually beneficial to the team," Carrier said. "I'm excited. I can't even explain it."

Johnson added an 80-yard TD run early in the second. That, in addition to a two-point conversion run by Omar Jacobs made it 21-0.

In between Johnson's two scores, the defense made several plays, including a Scott Smith forced fumble that led to a Mack Lafaele recovery in the end zone for a score.

"This is what I'm born to do I believe," Smith said. "I love football, and it's the best feeling in the world to me."

The Nighthawks led 28-9 at the half and went on to win 44-15.