Kaos quiet Jazz, 48-17
Semi-pro football team victorious in home opener in Bonner Springs
Talk about a successful home debut. The Kansas Kaos combined 254 rushing yards with a stellar defensive showing to blast the KC Jazz 48-17 Saturday night at Bonner Springs High School.
Co-owner and former Detroit Lion Allen Williams christened the Kaos' new home field with a 4-yard touchdown scamper on the first drive. Williams finished with 75 yards on eight carries and a pair of touchdown runs.
"We always want to start out the game doing well," Kaos coach Ed Williams said. "We were able to do that, scoring on the first drive. We were able to establish the run early."
The offensive outburst came in a peculiar way, however. The Kaos quarterbacks had a forgettable night, combining to go 7-for-23 with no touchdowns and two interceptions.
Williams had decided before the game to rotate his quarterbacks. Nick Wilkowski started the game under center, playing the first and third quarters. Jason Sutherland played the second and fourth quarters. Wilkowski, who has been with the team since its inception, went 3-for-15 for 38 yards and two interceptions.
Sutherland, who is new to the team, was named the new starter after the game.
"We're going to go ahead and make a change and go with Jason," Williams said. "He came in and set a different tone with the offense. He is a playmaker. He is very athletic and is willing to put himself out there. The guys respond to that. It was a whole different offense with him in there. He gave us an opportunity out there. I recognize that.
"I've been trying to establish a starter all year. Nick has been with our program since we started. In the years past he has done a good job. With Sutherland coming in this year, he needed a couple games before he could step into a starting roll. We are comfortable with him."
Sutherland finished 4-for-9 with 93 yards.
Did the coach find it odd that he had to replace his quarterback a day after his offense went for 48 points?
"Not really," Williams said. "We scored that many points, but the offensive pass production is greatly underachieving. That is what I looked at. I can get any QB to come in and hand off to the tailbacks. But if we need a first down through the pass, can we get it?
"For the most part, we have been known as a run team. I want to pass when we have opportunities. Our line does a great job. They are workhorses. We establish the run game and it opens up the pass game. We keep the defense from keying in on the run by passing. We can also get one-on-ones on the outside when the defense focuses on the run."
The one-on-ones that Allen Williams and company will help create on the outside will further benefit newcomer wide receiver Derek Ryan. Ryan played for Pittsburg State last year. He showed his big play potential with a pair of receptions off the bench in the game, one for 26 yards and the other for 48.
"We were really excited to have him come aboard," Williams said. "He had two big receptions. He is just getting acclimated with the offense. The starters better watch out, because I think he will step up even more. He even stepped up and took over the long snapping duties, which he also did at Pitt State."
The Kaos' 3-5-3 defense was able to stifle the Jazz. The unconventional 3-5-3 look features three down-lineman, five linebackers, and three defensive backs.
"(Defensive coordinator) Dan Ascheman, he does a really good job with the guys," Williams said. "Pressure is our number one thing. We are blitzing on every play, you just don't know from where."
Williams said he was concerned that some of his defenders were just looking for the big hit. The Kaos staff will work on tackling technique this week.
Allen Williams, the team's star running back, continued to provide veteran leadership for the team. On one series, Williams rushed the ball to the opponent's one yard line. The vet then jogged off the field, calling in a teammate to secure the final yard for the touchdown.
"It wasn't about the touchdown," Allen Williams said. "We had guys on the sideline that hadn't gotten too much playing time. The touchdown would mean something to them. I have scored plenty of touchdowns. I just want to lead by example."
That kind of attitude makes his head coach and co-owner very happy. Ed Williams said Allen's presence is akin to a man amongst boys on the field.
"Absolutely. That is a reason that he played in the NFL," Williams said. "I know that in this league, when he is given the opportunity, he makes people miss and he makes touchdowns. It is a whole other attitude when he steps on the field. We have been fortunate that we have other backs that we want to develop and Allen understands that. He doesn't mind sharing touches.
"He made it to the one, and had someone else come in to score the TD. That is exciting for me as a coach, that a veteran gives that example."
The win pushed the Kaos to 2-1 on the year.
"I am happy with the start," Ed Williams said. "We have a new team. Our (roster) numbers are down a little. We only have 18 returning guys. To see the new faces gelling and becoming a team, that is really exciting for Allen and me."
The Kaos return to the field this Saturday to take on the KC Shockers. Kickoff is at 7 P.M.