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Chad Frey
Monday April 29, 2002

Stealth quarterback Matt Hicks had the game he`s been looking for since coming to Wichita last season. In just his second start this season, Hicks led the team to a 31-27 win over Hawaii.

Hicks was voted MVP by the media.

It all started more than week before the game for Hicks, who along with his teammates thought something was missing in the first three games, all losses. Members of the offense went looking for unity last week.

"We held together tonight," Hicks said. "We really pulled together as a unit this week. We started getting together in the evenings, I think there we guys at my house every night this week watching film and eating pizza. We just though we needed to come together."

The idea worked, as Hicks tossed four touchdown passes. He ended the night 30 of 45 for 279 yards.

The performance ends a draught for the Stealth, who has had trouble putting the ball in the end zone much of the season.

"We were good between their five and our five in those games," Hicks said. "But we had trouble punching it in. We worked on that all week."

Hicks was not the only Stealth player to have a breakout night. Newly signed rookie kicker Dylan Pohlman scored as many points as a kicker than the team`s previous two kickers combined. He was 4 of 4 in extra-point attempts and connected on a 26 yard field goal.

Pohlman hails from Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas, about a 45-minute drive from Wichita, where he played both soccer and football. The rookie will graduate this spring.

"This is an awesome opportunity," Pohlman said. "God gave me a great opportunity."

His opportunity will last another week, as Land Jacobsen extended an invitation to Pohlman to travel during the post-game party with the Stealth to Peoria this weekend.

More than 4,700 faithful were at the game Saturday, and Hicks was glad to give them a good show.

"We have the craziest fans in the league," Hicks said. "And they stuck with us. We were 0-3 and all these people still came out."

Cory McCoy was named Ironman of the game with 50 yards receiving and a key interception in the fourth quarter. Will Sullivan was named the defensive MVP. Sullivan intercepted a pass and made 2 pass defenses.

Notes — The Hawaiian Islanders are currently the only pro sports franchise in Hawaii. … The Stealth had lost seven straight games dating back to last season. … Pohlman`s college coach, Tim McCarty, was in attendance. He was also a former coach of Hicks at one time in his career. McCarty just finished giving Tabor College its second best season in school history. He took over a program that had won just 65 games in 30 years and had one winning season. … Coach Land Jacobsen will be on the air Wednesday night live from Café Chicago on Kellog for the Land Jacobsen show at 6 p.m. on 1480 AM.

Chad Frey has been a fan of arena football since seeing a game on late-night ESPN many moons ago, and seeing Kurt Warner succeed with the Barnstormers after a career under his favorite football coach, Terry Allen, at the University of Northern Iowa. Chad, known to his close friends as Frey Guy, moved from Iowa to Kansas three years ago. Chad is a full-time newspaper reporter in Newton, Kan., reporting on education and family issues.
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