Ian Wild had a great game in a losing effort last week against Gannon./ETN file photo.
Mercyhurst College senior Ian Wild had some day last Saturday.
He made 14 total tackles (11 solo stops), forced a fumble, blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown, caught a touchdown pass and made a direct snap on a punt to the up man, his younger brother Garrett Wild, who threw a pass for a first down.
And he wasn’t happy because the Lakers lost 30-27 to Gannon.
“I played well in high school and we lost a lot of games, too,” said Wild after the game. “It wasn’t fun. It’s not fun when you lose. Especially to a rival on homecoming. Kind of ruins the weekend. It’s really not that gratifying for me at all, actually.”
It gets worse.
A linebacker, Wild was not named PSAC individual honors for the week, either. Wild was the PSAC Defensive Player of the Week last week, but he was just as deserving of it after the game he had against Gannon.
Not knocking what Andre Henderson did to help Indiana (Pa.) knock off No. 25-ranked Edinboro because he made eight tackles, recovered a fumble and had an interception that lead to a touchdown drive to earn PSAC West Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Love to see the guys from Erie get rewarded as Henderson played at Strong Vincent, but man, Wild had the game of games. Being part of a losing effort didn’t help Wild’s chances, but he certainly had a great game.
So for Wild, a Pittsburgh native, let’s give him the DIA (Did It All) Award. He earned it.