Knee injury sidelines Wild QB Rouse

It seems almost unfair that Alex Rouse has to go through this again.

In high school, he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee a week before the season started.

On Monday night, during his first game with the Wichita Wild, the rookie quarterback apparently suffered the same injury.

Coach Ken Matous said Tuesday afternoon that he didn't expect to know for sure until Wednesday, but he thinks that Rouse is out for the season.

So the Indoor Football League season opener was extremely costly for the Wild, which lost its starting quarterback and, surprisingly, the game; the expansion Nebraska Danger, led by former Wild quarterback Dixie Wooten, beat Wichita 70-59.

Rouse said he was injured during the fourth quarter when a defensive end rolled into his knee.

"It hurt real bad, but I didn't think anything of it," Rouse said. "Then, on the next play, I saw open field and tried to take off, and it just gave and I fell."

Rouse threw three touchdown passes and ran for another, but he completed 8 of 24 passes for 107 yards and two interceptions.

Still, Matous said that he saw signs of Rouse's explosiveness, especially when he ran with the ball.

"It's just disappointing," Rouse said. "I got to know a bunch of really good guys the past two, three weeks and was really looking forward to having a successful season. They'll have a successful season with or without me, but I didn't want to go out like this.

"It's like a replay from high school all over again."

With Rouse out, former McPherson College star Shane Mascarenas is expected to start when the Wild plays the Green Bay Blizzard in its home opener on Saturday at Hartman Arena.

Mascarenas, the 2010 KCAC Player of the Year, completed 5 of 8 passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns after replacing Rouse.

"Shane came in there, boom, just like he was a natural," Matous said. "He threw with really good touch on the ball."