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INDOOR FOOTBALL: Nighthawks pull away from Axemen in second half, win 58-27

Bemidji Axemen's Tony Grimes (4) brings down Wichita Falls Nighthawks' DeMarkus Washington Saturday night at Kay Yeager Coliseum in Wichita Falls, Texas. Patrick Johnston | Wichita Falls Times Record News

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — The Bemidji Axemen led the Wichita Falls Nighthawks late in the first half of Saturday night’s Indoor Football League game at Kay Yeager Coliseum after Mulku Kalokoh got his third kick return of the season to put the Bemidji Axemen up 21-20.

But the Axemen couldn’t hold onto that lead, as the Nighthawks scored the next 24 points and held on to win 58-27.

Bemidji (2-3) found itself down 44-21 late in the third quarter after the Nighthawks reeled off 24 straight.

The Axemen responded with a two-yard touchdown pass from EJ White to Sheldon Galloway to make it 44-27, but couldn’t score any more.

Galloway caught two touchdown passes from White while White ran in another for Bemidji’s scoring.

Wichita Falls quarterback Marcus Jackson threw for two scores and ran for two more to lead the Nighthawks, who are now 1-4 and picked up their first IFL win.

The Axemen are back home at 7:05 p.m. Friday at the Sanford Center when they take on the Tri-Cities Fever (3-2).