PARK CITY — It was so windy in Wichita on Saturday that even indoor football felt it — the Wild had to cancel its postgame fireworks show. The Wild managed a 49-32 CPIFL victory over the Lincoln Haymakers on the field that had plenty of entertaining moments at Hartman Arena.
The Wild scored on its first play from scrimmage. Quarterback Rocky Hinds found Rashad Daniels for a 32-yard touchdown 32 seconds into the game.
“We had a good idea of what they were going to do based on film,” Hinds said, “The first play, I saw the safety come up, so I knew what it was and just gave Rashad a shot. I mean, he’s probably the fastest person in the league, so I knew if I put the ball out there, he’d go get it.”
The Wild (4-1) was able to build on that, and increased its lead to 33-12 at halftime.
But Lincoln (2-4) didn’t let the Wild pull away, and it wasn’t until defensive lineman James McCartney bulled his way into the end zone with 1:27 left that the Wild felt comfortable.
McCartney, who played collegiately at Bethel, said he had carried the ball before but not as a member of the Wild. He is too young to have seen Refrigerator Perry’s scores for the Chicago Bears, but he said he had seen film of Perry and big Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis (who wasn’t a lineman, but as McCartney said, “He was big enough to be one.”).
“Coach (Paco Martinez) talked about it this week; I was messing with him before the season that as part of my contract I needed one carry a game,” McCartney said. “This week, he finally gave me the ball for a score.
“It was beautiful.”
McCartney got his carry, but best of all it was for a touchdown.
“It always feels great to get a touchdown,” he said. “It usually happens when I’m on defense recovering a fumble, but to actually get the ball given to me.…
“I actually didn’t know I had it; I was just like, ‘I’m taking it,’ dove over the pile and got in.”
He said he’s hoping to get a few more carries – and scores. He’s got the lead in efficiency thus far.
“I’m trying to be the No. 1 running back for yards per carry,” McCartney joked, “so Tywon (Hubbard) and Junior (Allen) need to watch out.”
Martinez, though pleased with the victory and a share of the CPIFL lead, said the Wild still needs to work on some things in the big picture.
“We have lulls, we have gaps where we don’t play as well, and that’s what I’ve got to fix,” he said. “I’m not happy right now, even though we won, because the way that we played (Saturday) will get us beat by several teams in this league.”
The Wild next plays at Omaha next Saturday, then returns home April 26 to face the Oklahoma Defenders.
W – Daniels 32 pass from Hinds (Lacayo kick)
W –Hinds 2 run (Lacayo kick)
L – Ribbing 21 pass from Wright (kick failed)
W – Lacayo 27 FG
W – Safety, Lincoln field goal try blocked out of end zone.
W – Davis 0 fumble return (Lacayo kick)
L – Ribbing 31 pass from Wright (run failed)
W– Kelley 4 pass from Hinds (Lacayo kick)
L– Rush 10 pass from Wright (pass failed)
W – Lacayo 33 FG
W – Hubbard 10 pass from Hinds (kick blocked)
L – Brookins 33 pass from Wright (Rhodes run)
L –Jacobs 10 run (run failed)
W – McCartney 3 run (Lacayo kick)
RUSHING – Lincoln, Ribbing 10-20, Jacobs 2-14, Lucas 1-8, Washington 1-(-2). Wichita, Hinds 6-26, Hubbard 9-24, Allen 3-4, McCartney 1-3.
PASSING – Lincoln, Wright 13-28-1-181, team 0-0-0, -9; Wichita, Hinds 10-21-1-107, team 0-0-0, -14.
RECEIVING – Lincoln, Ribbing 4-75, Rhodes 3-44, Jacobs 2-15, Lucas 2-4, Brookins 1-33, Rush 1-10. Wichita, R. Daniels 6-80, Hubbard 3-23, Kelley 1-4.