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Nighthawks Preparing for Second Season

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The Wichita Falls Nighthawks will open their sophomore season May 31st at Memorial Stadium, when they take on the Texas Eagles in their Gridiron Football Development League debut.

Before that, they'll play an exhibition game May 17th at Trojan Field in Windthorst, where they've been holding their training camp. That game will be against a non-GDFL team from Galveston, Texas.

Tickets to the preseason game are available at the Nighthawks' team store in Parker Square in Wichita Falls, and also at the Windthorst General Store and Joe's Kwik Stop in Windthorst. There will also be giveaways at that game which will be announced Thursday (May 1st).

On Wednesday morning, the team hosted a news conference in its team store that went over some other news for the upcoming season.

One idea that's been brought up this week is a potential "Million Dollar Giveaway" for the opening game on the 31st. Owner and GM Jerry Hughes said the idea is still in the planning phase, but said it wouldn't include any unreasonable tasks like kicking a long field goal or anything like that.

One of the other big issues touched in Wednesday's conference was the level of play in the team's new league. After romping through MPFL competition last season, Hughes acknowledged the schedule needed an upgrade and said he believes this season will provide it.

The Nighthawks will play in a division with teams from Dallas, Weatherford and Oklahoma City, while also playing home-and-home with non-division teams from Tulsa, Okla. and Memphis, Tenn.

The Tulsa-based Oklahoma Thunder, whose nickname actually predates the basketball team's, are the defending league champions.

"We're not afraid of losing, by any means," Hughes said. "We're going to prepare just as hard as we did last year, and we'll go after the competition with everything we've got. And the chips are going to fall where they do at the end of the game."

Hughes said losing a game could actually help the team, as it would show the town that their support truly is needed to help the team overcome its opponents.

You can click on the video links to hear more from Jerry Hughes!