Flying Aces drop to 0-4 after loss against Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. — The Wichita Force (2-4) completed the series sweep of the Flying Aces (0-4) by defeating Oklahoma 61-34 Saturday night in Wichita, Kan.

After trailing by two possessions with a minute of the game, the Force scored a pair of touchdowns to seal their 27-point victory. Backup quarterback Emmanuel Yaegar threw a six-yard touchdown pass and then Kionce Roberts intercepted Watson and returned 30 yards for the score.

The Flying Aces held a lead through most of the first half and wasted no time getting on the board. Antwan Hadley returned a Wichita field goal attempt 50 yards for the early 7-0 score.

New rookie quarterback Malik Watson, meanwhile, wasted no time introducing himself to the Champions Indoor Football (CIF) League and the Force defense by scoring a rushing and a passing touchdown in the first quarter.

Watson ran the ball in from a yard out before finding receiver Dashawn Gordon for an 11-yard touchdown pass just before the end of the first quarter. He finished the game with 139 passing yards with two touchdowns passes and two interceptions.

Wichita spent most of the first half playing the catch-up with answering scores. The Force defense prevented Oklahoma from scoring a fourth touchdown toward the end of the second quarter, resulting in a Flying Aces field goal.

The Force kicked a field goal to tie the game and Torrey Gill’s 14-yard touchdown reception gave Wichita the go-ahead score.

Oklahoma attempted to cut Wichita’s lead just before halftime with a 39-yard field goal attempt. But Brett Mathis’ kick bounced off the crossbar to keep it a 7-point game, 31-24.

On the second drive of the third quarter, Oklahoma tried to cut the lead to one point with a field goal, but the Force defense blocked the field goal attempt, resulting in a turnover on downs. Wichita ran two plays on the ensuing possession before running back Mikhail Lindsay broke through a tackle and sprinted 33 yards along the sideline for a Force touchdown, extending their lead to 10 points.

After a 14-point first quarter, the Force defense kept the Flying Aces offense at bay, allowing just six total points through the second and third quarter. The Flying Aces offense went 4-of-11 on third-down and 0-3 on fourth-down.

Wichita prevented Oklahoma from scoring another touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter by forcing another turnover-on-downs. Force quarterback Josh Hubener led the offense down to the two-yard line before tossing it to Jack Thomlinson for his second rushing touchdown of the evening.

The Flying Aces’ lone touchdown of the second half came with a minute left to play. Watson dumped off a pass to lineman Donovan Logan who ran the ball in from 13 yards out to make it a 13-point game.

Oklahoma will return to Enid to host the Omaha Beef on May 4.