Bloomington Tops Wichita in Wild One, 38-34
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Laroche Jackson had 141 yards from scrimmage which included two touchdowns and an interception to help the Bloomington Extreme clip the Wichita Wild 38-34 Saturday night at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum.
The Bloomington Extreme (8-4) registered 146 yards of offense while the defense forced the Wild into three turnovers. Justin Harrison had a game-high 9.5 tackles, while Etric Pruitt pitched in 9.0 of his own.
The Wichita Wild (5-6) were led by running back Darius Fudge who tallied a season-high 112 yards on 28 carries, including three rushing touchdowns. Fudge accounted for 112 of the teams 139 total yards of offense.
The Wild set the tempo early, after opening the game with an eight-play, 30-yard drive that was capped off by a Fudge 1-yard touchdown run. The Extreme responded when Peter Christofilakos knocked in a 36-yard field goal, which cut the lead to 7-3 with 5:36 remaining in the first quarter.
Wichita started the second quarter with another eight-play, 45-yard drive that resulted in Fudge's second 1-yard run of night, giving the Wild a 17-3 advantage with 9:56 remaining in the first half. Christofilakos chipped in two more field goals for the Extreme but trailed entering halftime, 22-9.
In the opening drive of the second half Dusty Burk found Peter Warrick on a crossing route over the middle for quick touchdown strike, which trimmed the Extreme's deficit to 22-16. Bloomington grabbed its first lead, 23-22, after Jackson returned a missed field goal 45 yards midway through the third. The lead was short lived after the Extreme surrendered their second safety of the night followed by another Fudge scamper into the end zone to trail 31-23.
With 12:36 left in the contest, Jackson returned a kickoff 55 yards for a touchdown and now trailed 34-31. The Wild coughed up the pigskin on their next possession which led to a Burk to Glenn Johnson touchdown with 8:43 left on the game clock. This was Burk's second touchdown strike of the night and gave the Extreme a 38-34 they would not relinquish.
The Extreme will try to make it four-straight wins when they host the RiverCity Rage June 13 at U.S. Cellular Coliseum at 7:05 p.m.
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