Other than a trip across scenic southern Kansas and a little dose of humility, Oklahoma Outlawz owner Mike West and his team really got only one thing out of their indoor 62-6 loss to the Wichita Wild Saturday — a desire to return outdoors to play football next spring.

“They were pretty cordial and pretty nice, but they’re professional athletes,” West said of the Wild. “It wasn’t really as bad as the score would indicate. We got inside their 5 five times and were unable to score. Once we got inside the 5, they put some big old boys in there, and there was no scoring for us.

“We all had a blast,” he added. “(Wild owner) Mike McCoy is a great guy. He called Monday to make sure we didn’t have any injuries and make sure we got back OK. Our guys learned a lot, and if we play them again next year, we’ll know a lot more about the rules and the things that work in arena football.”

Saturday’s game wrote a unique — if bittersweet — ending to a breakout 2007 campaign for the Outlawz, who capped an 8-2 regular season with a first-round playoff win, a wild loss to North Texas (38-34) in the Central Football League North Division title game and 18 representatives in the CFL All-Star game last month. West said despite the Wild’s domination of his club, everybody connected with the Outlawz is looking forward to building on this year’s positives when the new season begins in 2008.

“This year was a great experience — everybody had a lot of fun,” West noted. “Everybody is chomping to back at it next year. We’ll do a few things differently, and hopefully we’ll win a few more games.

“I’ve had verbal commitments from quite a few of our key players,” he added. “I think the majority of them will be back.”

West said his club’s biggest need for next year will be to add some beef to the offensive and defensive lines, to add a couple of assistants for head coach Mark Barrett and to improve team discipline in at least one area.

“Our biggest problem this year was size on the line,” West explained. “We’ll be a lot better if we can get some bigger players up front and some continuity as far as getting the same players there for every game.

“I think we’ll be more disciplined as far as who has to be there for every game, and we also need to recruit a line coach and a few more assistants.”

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