PARK CITY — The Wichita Wild opened its season with a 44-point win over the Oklahoma Defenders. So its 73-7 victory at home Saturday against the same team showed the growth Wichita has made in the past seven games.
“You get a lot out of a game like that,” Wild coach Morris Lolar said. “One, how your team reacts to being on top of a team. If they have that killer instinct, if they want to keep scoring other than letting up, which is a good thing. We’re starting to click and at times we’re starting to be pretty scary.”
The Wild is clicking in every phase. Wichita finished with 279 total yards, with an almost even number of passing and receiving yards. Defensively, Wichita allowed Oklahoma close to the end zone twice, forcing three fumbles and two interceptions, scoring on one.
“Every game, that’s what we’re expecting, the only ones that can stop us are ourselves,” Wichita quarterback Rocky Hinds said. “We did a great job executing.”
Hinds offered flexibility to Wichita’s offense, with his ability to run and pass. He threw for three touchdowns and ran for one. His knowledge on the field has contributed to Wichita’s consistent improvement on offense.
“What people don’t understand is how good of an athlete (Hinds) is,” Lolar said. “He can run … the secondary guys on opposing teams are finding out that he’s a 230-pound guy, so if you think that you’re just going to tackle him, then he’s going to run you over and keep running. He can sit in the pocket, and he can make all the throws that he needs to make, but if he doesn’t see it, if he doesn’t feel right about something, then he has the green light to take off running.”
Kendrick Harper has become a leader on defense. When Oklahoma was on the goal line, Harper batted passes away, helping Wichita take over on downs. Harper also grabbed an interception in the third quarter and ran 45 yards for a TD.
“Coach challenges us every day at practice to get better, and I feel like we got better again tonight,” Harper said.
Wichita (8-1) scored on each of its six possessions in the first quarter. The Wild held Oklahoma scoreless for the period, stopping Oklahoma’s first drive on the goal line. Oklahoma didn’t get close to scoring for the rest of the period, totaling three yards of offense to Wichita’s 108 yards.
Oklahoma scored in the second quarter with 6:39 remaining from a long pass, but the Defenders were outscored by Wichita 21-7 for the period. Oklahoma didn’t score again.
W — Hubbard 27 run (Fambrough kick)
W — Simmons 35 pass from Hinds (kick failed)
W — Hubbard 6 run (kick failed)
W — Hubbard 4 run (Fambrough kick)
W — Simmons 2 pass from Hinds (Fambrough kick)
O — Jones 37 pass from Hamilton (Noahr kick)
W — Kelley 17 pass from Hinds (Fambrough kick)
W — Hinds 5 run (Fambrough kick)
W — Harper 45 interception return (kick failed)
W — Ribbing 16 run (Fambrough kick)
W — Ribbing 23 run (Fambrough kick)
W — Daniels 20 pass from Hardesty (kick failed)
Rushing — Oklahoma, Mobley 17-23, Kelley 4-17, Clemons 1-3, Harris 1-0, Hamilton 1-(-5). Wichita, Ribbing 5-51, Hubbard 7-49, Hinds 2-21, Hardesty 3-2.
Passing — Oklahoma, Hamilton 9-19-2-64. Wichita, Hinds 8-13-0-127, Hardesty 2-3-0-29.
Receiving — Oklahoma, Jones 4-39, Mobley 2-15, Clemons 1-5, Kelley 1-4, Stephenson 1-1. Wichita, Simmons 3-46, Daniels 3-31, Murph 1-33, Kelley 1-17, Love 1-17, Hubbard 1-12.