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Janesville Nighthawks battle slow start

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Gazette Staff
June 24, 2011

The transition from eight-man football to the Great Midwest Football League has been a challenge for the Janesville Nighthawks.


The Nighthawks have been outscored, 115-20, and are 0-3 in the GMFL.


Last Saturday, the defending division champion Beloit Titans defeated the Nighthawks, 57-0, after building a 41-0 halftime lead.


“I wish them all the best, but they bit off a little more than they can chew so far in this league,” Titans head coach Deloyde Sanders said. “I think they’re getting a little more than they bargained for.”


The Nighthawks realize the situation.


“The game was ugly,” Nighthawks coach Topher Diehl said of the Titan game. “Calls were against us, and we turned the ball over seven times.


“It’s hard to win when we keep beating ourselves. I will be examining our complete organization from top to bottom to figure out how we can turn things around. We are going to restructure some things and move some people to new positions.”


The Nighthawks travel to Tinley Park on Saturday to play the Chicago Colts in a nondivision game at Tinley Park, Ill.


-- The Rock County Gladiators are coming off a positive game. The Gladiators used the passing and running of quarterback Dan Roberts and key defensive production from Nick Hammon and Carl Crawford in a 46-12 victory over the Rockford Rams.


Roberts threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two others as the Gladiators won their first game of the season. Jermar Ayers caught touchdown passes covering 46 and 27 yards.


Hammond had six sacks, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble. Crawford contributed two interceptions.


Rock County will be at home Saturday against the Illinois Firehawks. The game will be played at Milton High School starting at 6 p.m.


Generals host Rebels on Saturday

The Lake Geneva Generals will host the Sheboygan County Rebels at 5 p.m., Saturday in a semi-pro football game at Williams Bay High School.


Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for kids 12-and-under, and admission free for military members with proper ID and for Williams Bay High School students with ID.


Unlimited bounce house jumping will be available for a $5 wristband. Concessions, merchandise and team apparel will also be on sale.



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