Wichita, Kan. — Arena football is all about touchdowns and extra points.
When teams average almost fifty points a game, defense is seen as an afterthought, really.
But the Wichita wild, see it differently.
"Our defense is outstanding," Wild Head Coach Ken Matous. "We try to keep the right guys healthy and they can have more big plays and more success."
The Wild can score at will but one of their greatest wins came in a defensive effort, a 44-26
against their toughest opponent this season, the Sioux Falls Storm.
Holding them to only 26 points was a tough mark to repeat but they aim to every game.
"We go in, week in week out and try to hold our opponents to under 30 points a game and thats our goal going into every game," said Byron Garvin, Wild defensive back. "But we try to do it."
"Lately we've been focusing on not giving up the big play. That's what was hindering us in the
mid-season," Brandon Kaufman. "Make them work the whole field instead of them capitalizing on our mistakes."
Which might be the hardest part about playing defense inside, on a football field cut in half but actually...
"Defensive players like arena football," said Brandon Russell, Wild defensive lineman. "Everything is so quick; the wall is short, the field is short. There is a little more in the tank to hit a little harder."
"Everything is so much more confined and their is only so many things the offense can do," Kaufman said.