The Wichita Wild was tested in Saturday night’s road game against the New Mexico Stars and running back Tywon Hubbard was the one who provided the answers.
Hubbard — who leads the league in all-purpose yards — rushed for 85 yards and three second-half touchdowns as the Wild rallied from a 26-20 halftime deficit to earn its eighth victory of the season, winning 55-42 in Rio Rancho, N.M.
New Mexico (2-11), which entered the game as one of the league’s least-potent offenses, found some success early on the ground and through the air. But the Wild defense stepped up in the fourth quarter, allowing only three New Mexico points.
Wichita quarterback Phil Staback completed 10 of 14 passes for 144 yards and three touchdowns. Landon Turner was on the receiving end of two of those touchdowns and finished with 79 receiving yards.
The Wild (8-5), which has already qualified for the playoffs out of the Intense Conference, wraps up the regular season with a trip to Green Bay next Saturday.
Wichita 7 13 14 21 — 55 New Mexico 12 14 13 3 — 42
NM—Floyd 14 pass from Hall (kick blocked)
W—Jackson 11 run (Chandler kick)
NM—Moore 9 run (kick blocked)
NM—Smith 9 pass from Hall (Arevalo kick)
W—Turner 31 pass from Staback (kick failed)
NM—Moore 1 run (Arevalo kick)
W—Turner 34 pass from Staback (Chandler kick)
NM—Manley 19 pass from Hall (Arevalo kick)
W—Murph 11 pass from Staback (Chandler kick)
NM—Floyd 11 pass from Hall (kick failed)
W—Hubbard 22 run (Chandler kick)
NM—Arevalo 20 FG
W—Hubbard 5 run (Simmons pass from Staback)
W—Staback 13 run (Chandler kick)
W—Hubbard 20 run (kick blocked)
Rushing—Wichita, Hubbard 12-85, Staback 6-27, Jackson 4-23. New Mexico, Moore 9-41, Smith 4-27, Hall 2-2.
Passing—Wichita, Staback 10-14-0-144, Jackson 1-6-0-3. New Mexico, Hall 20-37-2-197.
Receiving—Wichita, Turner 3-79, Simmons 3-29, Hubbard 3-17, Rhodes 1-11, Murph 1-11. New Mexico, Floyd 6-70, Manley 6-63, Bruno 4-32, Moore 2-16, Smith 2-16.