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ThunderHawks Defeat Maniacs in Opener

February 27, 2010 - Indoor Football League (IFL) - West Michigan Thunderhawks News Release

Grand Rapids, Michigan - It was a night full of firsts for the West Michigan ThunderHawks as they defeated the Maryland Maniacs 52-36 on Friday night in Indoor Football League action. The hosts began the evening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to welcome the team to its new home, and concluded the night by slicing through the Maryland defense for 31 second-half points.

It was the first-ever indoor arena-style football game played at the DeltaPlex Arena and the first season-opening victory for the franchise since their inaugural game in 2007. The team announced last November they would be moving from Muskegon to Grand Rapids and replacing their Thunder nickname.

For new head coach Terry Foster, it was his first IFL victory and also marked the team's first win against Maryland after three successive defeats. The `Hawks will now have two bye weeks before returning to action on March 19th when the Rochester Raiders pay a visit.

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