The Wild suffered its first loss of the season, losing to the Bandits 48-45 on Saturday night in Sioux City, Iowa.
The game got away from Wichita in the first five minutes of the third quarter when Sioux City scored 16 consecutive points with a two touchdowns sandwiched around a safety. The scoring burst put the Bandits ahead 45-24.
The Wild responded with 21 consecutive points as Rocky Hinds ran for one touchdhown and passed to Jarrel Kelly for two more, tying the score 45-45 with 13:51 left in the game.
Wichita’s defense stopped Sioux City on its next possession and moved the ball inside the Bandits’ 20-yard line, but Ernesto Lacayo missed a 34-yard field goal with 7:16 left that would have given the Wild the lead.
The Bandits took the lead on Braden Wieking’s 19-yard field goal with 2:36 left.
Wichita took the ball inside the Bandits’ 20 again, but weren’t able to put the ball in the end zone and were forced to attempt a 36-yard field goal with 44 seconds left, but Lacayo missed again.
W —Daniels 36 pass from Hinds (Lacayo kick)
S — Pertilla 22 pass from Jensen (Brown run)
W — Hubbard 15 pass from Hinds (Lacayo kick)
S — Melvin 2 run (Wieking kick)
S — Bentley 17 run (Wieking kick)
W — Daniels 11 interception return (Lacayo kick)
S — Pertilla 30 pass from Jensen (Wieking kick)
W — FG Lacayo 24
S — Brown 4 pass from Jensen (Wieking kick)
S — safety, Sherer
S — Pertilla 37 pass from Jensen (Wieking kick)
W — Hinds 1 run (Lacayo kick)
W — Kelly 4 pass from Hinds (Lacayo kick)
W — Kelly 21 pass from Hins (Lacayo kick)
S — FG Wieking 19
Rushing — Wichita, Hubbard 11-32, Allen 5-21, Hinds 3-9. Sioux City, Bentley 10-33, Bruno 2-8, Jensen 5-6, Melvin 2-(-1).
Passing — Wichita, Hinds 21-31-1 203, team 0-0-0 -2. Sioux City, Jensen 13-20-1 204, team 0-0-0 -24.
Receiving — Wichita, Kelly 5-44, Hubbard 4-38, Rassanavoid 4-38, Murph 4-32, Daniels 3-49, Allen 1-2. Sioux City, Brown 5-53, Pertilla 4-101, Mothershead 3-51, Bentley 1-(-1).