A missed extra point for the Allen Wranglers in the first quarter ended up meaning a lot later.
The Wild won a back-and-forth game 55-54 Saturday night at Hartman Arena.
After Allen scored the first touchdown of the game, kicker David Pino missed the kick.
More than two hours later, the miss was important when the Wild’s Marcus Jackson hit Doug Pierce for a touchdown with 23 seconds to play.
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“ ‘Defense stop them,’ that was the first thing I was thinking,” Wichita coach Morris Lolar said. “With the way that this game is, just about all the field-goal kicker’s legs are strong enough to make it to the other end, but I’m happy with where we were at and where we finished.”
Wild quarterback Phil Staback played his first game after sitting the past three with a knee injury. Staback played the first half and Marcus Jackson the second.
“He was still a little banged up and the plan was to get him as many reps as we could in the game situation. He wasn’t playing as well as he could, as well as we would have liked him to,” Lolar said. “It’s good to have a guy like Marcus (Jackson) step in and give us a breath of fresh air in the second half.”
Wichita’s Tywon Hubbard carried the Wild (3-5) on offense with four of the team’s seven touchdowns, one on a 53-yard kickoff return.
“There are a lot of emotions, we were fighting hard for this game,” Hubbard said. “Last time we didn’t come through with the victory like we wanted to, so we wanted to fight harder on this one to make sure we got that victory.”
Saturday’s game marked the third matchup for the two teams this season. Allen had won both by double digits before Saturday.
“The first thing they (Allen) were saying was, ‘Now you guys have to come to Allen,’ so that will be the fourth chapter of this saga,” Lolar said. “It makes for interesting football.”
After a 0-4 start to the season, Wichita has won three of its past four games.
“We’re starting to understand this game,” Lolar said. “We really don’t have any veterans on this team, so if we can keep everyone together we can go a long way not only this season, but in the seasons to come.”
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A—McArdle 11 intercepted (kick failed)
W—Hubbard 53 run (Chandler kick)
A—Moore 21 pass from Gachette (Pino kick)
W—Hubbard 4 run (Chandler kick)
A—Pino 20 FG
A—Pino 52 FG
W—Chandler 29 FG
A—Gachette 1 run (Pino kick)
W—Chandler 55 FG
A—Gachette 2 run (Pino kick)
W—Simmons 13 pass from Jackson (Chandler kick)
W—Hubbard 11 pass from Jackson (Chandler kick)
A—McArdle 7 pass from Gachette (Pino kick)
W—Pierce 15 pass from Jackson (Chandler kick)
A—McArdle 18 pass from Gachette (Pino kick)
W—Hubbard 2 run (Chandler kick)
A—Gachette 1 run (Pino kick)
W—Pierce 17 pass from Jackson (Chandler kick)
Rushing—Allen, Gachette 14-50, Fudge 16-49, Taylor 1-2. Wichita, Jackson 10-64, Hubbard 15-34, Staback 1-2.
Passing—Allen, Gachette 13-27-0-172. Wichita, Jackson 9-12-0-87, Staback 3-10-2-22.
Receiving—Allen, Moore 5-85, McArdle 6-69, Fudge 1-14, Taylor 1-4. Wichita, Simmons 6-44, Pierce 3-35, Rhodes 2-19, Hubbard 1-11.