Wichita Force

Defense, special teams help Force beat Chicago 52-42

The Wichita Eagle

The Force’s defensive play and special teams led it to a 52-42 win over the Chicago Eagles on Saturday night at Intrust Bank Arena.

Wichita’s defense forced an interception and a fumble in the second quarter, and special teams blocked a field goal and returned a missed Chicago field goal for a touchdown.

“It helped that we got our defensive coordinator (Rod Miller) back,” Force head coach Paco Martinez said. “I thought they played really well in the second quarter and led to points for us, we may have allowed a few too many points on the scoreboard, but in all it’s a win for us.”

New quarterback David Olson delivered in his debut for the Force, accounting for three touchdowns on the ground and two through the air.

“It felt great to get out here and play tonight,” Olson said. “I’ve heard a lot about the fanbase here in Wichita, and they lived up to the expectations. I thought our whole offense worked well all together, especially the linemen, they made big holes for me to tuck the ball and run when I needed to.”

After Chicago took the 13-11 lead just four seconds into the second quarter, Olson threw his only interception of the night. The very next play, the Force defense returned the favor with an interception of their own. Wichita used a seven-play, 44-yard drive to regain the lead on a 5-yard touchdown pass to Maize product Brett Soft.

That started a run of 21 unanswered points. The Force’s Clarence Anderson returned a missed Chicago field goal 49 yards for a touchdown with 36 seconds to go in the half. The Force defense forced a fumble just eight seconds later, which turned into Force points when Olson found Anderson from three yards out.

“I think we went into the locker room at halftime with a lot of momentum,” Martinez said. “Our guys played a great second quarter and that responded the rest of the game for us.”

The Force will have a week off before hitting the road for a two-game stretch at Sioux City and Amarillo. Wichita sits in second place in the Champions Indoor Football North Division.

“Our guys will have a chance to recover and get well-rested before we hit the road,” Martinez said. “It’ll give our guys a nice rest, something they’ve deserved after working so hard.”













W — Frazell 28 kick

C — Perry 38 pass from Iannotti (kick failed)

W — Olson 1 run (Frazell kick)

W — Safety

C — Iannotti 2 run (Tomis kick)

W — Soft 5 pass from Olson (Frazell kick)

W — Anderson 51 field goal return (Frazell kick)

W — Anderson 3 pass from Olson (Frazell kick)

C — Howard 27 pass from Iannotti (Tomis kick)

W — Olson 1 run (Frazell kick)

W — Olson 1 run (Frazell kick)

C — Phillips 5 run (Simonise pass from Iannotti)

W — Frazell 30 kick

C — Iannotti 7 run (Tomis kick)

W — Frazell 28 kick

C — Iannotti 12 run (Tomis kick)

Individual statistics

Rushing — Chicago, Iannotti 8-35, Phillips 9-14, Williams 1-7, Perry 1-4; Wichita, Olson 13-37, Hayes 13-21.

Passing — Chicago, Iannotti 12-22-1 158; Wichita, Olson 16-24-1 173.

Receiving — Chicago, Williams 3-19, Perry 2-48, Howard 2-33, Phillips 2-27, Morris Sr. 1-11, Muhammad 1-11, Simonise 1-9; Wichita, Daniels 4-49, Hayes 4-45, Soft 4-24, Anderson 3-44, Love 1-11.

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