PARK CITY — Allen wide receiver and part-owner Terrell Owens didn’t show up for the Allen Wranglers on Saturday night, but the former NFL star wasn’t needed.
Allen defeated the Wild 61-48 at Hartman Arena, beating Wichita (0-4) for the second time this season.
The Wild’s offense was in good shape early with the game’s first touchdown and three TDs in the first quarter, but Allen kept it tied by the end of the period.
“We didn’t play very good defense in the first half, it tied to the second half,” Wild coach Morris Lolar said. “The offense played well enough to win that football game, but you just can’t make the mistakes and do silly things like we did.”
The Wranglers were playing without Owens, who plays in the team’s home games and was questionable for showing up for Saturday’s game. But Allen took the lead for good early in the second quarter and led 38-27 at halftime.
Despite being held to two third-quarter field goals, Allen maintained a comfortable lead by holding the Wild to one touchdown in the quarter.
“I don’t think our defense played well enough to win this game,” Lolar said. “Allen, they’re veteran players, we hit them hard and they hit us back and it turned into a war and unfortunately the ball bounced their way.”
Doug Pierce led the Wild’s offense. He caught six passes for 143 yards and scored five touchdowns.
“He’s a player,” Lolar said. “We’ve got to find ways to get him the ball. There’s not too many guys that have his size, his quickness, his speed that can go up and go get the football.
“We found that diamond in the rough now we just have to spark it up, clean it up, and get him the football and let him play.”
Quarterback Phil Staback completed 7 of 8 passes for 101 yards and four touchdowns before leaving the game with a knee injury. He’s scheduled to have an MRI on it today.
Backup Marcus Jackson completed 10 of 17 for 145 yards and two interceptions. He also rushed for 33 yards and a score.
Former Wild running back Darius Fudge had three touchdowns for Allen, carrying 19 times for 45 yards.
“We have to continue to get better,” Lolar said. “I think that the young guys that we have right now are getting better, but we need to bring someone in that’s going to allow us to turn that corner.”
The Wild will face the New Mexico Stars next Saturday night at Hartman Arena.
Rushing—Allen, Fudge 19-45, Printers 10-24, Taylor 2-4. Wichita, Jackson 7-33, Hubbard 7-10, Staback 1-4.
Passing—Allen, Printers 22-34-0-236. Wichita, Jackson 10-17-2-145, Staback 7-8-0-101.
Receiving—Allen, Moore 8-103, Avery 6-45, Brown 2-37, Taylor 2-26, Fudge 2-25. Wichita, Pierce 6-143, Simmons 7-91, Hubbard 3-7, Murph 1-5.