Wild maintain first place rank, beat Defenders 67-37

PARK CITY, Kansas — The Wichita Wild retained their lead of the Champions Professional Indoor Football League with another win Saturday night. The Wild beat the Oklahoma Defenders 67-37.

The game was a back-and-forth battle in the first half and it was the Defenders at the break 30-28 after a last second field goal block and return for a touchdown.

In the second half however, the Wild regained the lead and didn’t look back again.

Quarterback Rocky Hinds lead the show with a rushing touchdown and three touchdowns through the air in the second half alone.

Jarrel Kelley and Joe Kassanavoid were the receiving leaders for the Wild, each hauling in three touchdowns in the route.

The Wild defense, a unit that leads the league statistically, was very uncharacteristic early in the game and gave up several big plays. In the second half though, they returned to their former self and allowed only one touchdown.

Defensive end, Jason Catchings, proved to be a catalyst for the defense, blocking a field goal early in the second half to set the Wild offense up with short field position. Later, Catchings made another impact play, forcing a fumble that safety Dan Kontz recovered for a touchdown. The score for Kontz was his second defensive touchdown in the last two games.

With the win, Wichita pushed their record to 6-1 on the season.

The Wild’s next game will be a rematch of last year’s Champions Bowl as they take on the Salina Bombers. The Bombers suffered a loss Saturday night and fell to third in the league. They are now a game and a half behind the Wild.

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