Archive for Thursday, August 7, 2008

Kaos cruises again, braces for battle of unbeaten squads

August 7, 2008

The Kansas Kaos traveled to Nebraska and improved to 5-0 on Saturday night with a 54-6 thrashing of the Cass County Renegades. The win helped the Kaos jump from seventh in the NAFL power rankings to number five. The rankings rate the top teams of the 120 teams nationwide.

The Kaos dominated on both sides of the ball en route to the overwhelming victory. They ran for an astonishing 407 yards on only 32 carries - an average of 12.7 yards per attempt. The defense nearly kept the Renegades scoreless, only allowing one touchdown on a perfectly executed sweep play that became a 75-yard footrace. Outside of that one play, the Renegades struggled on offense.

The Kaos defense also chipped in with points on a long fumble return for a touchdown.

At halftime, the Kaos led 31-0. On the opening drive of the second half they marched right down the field and scored again making it a 38-0 score. At this point the Kaos coaching staff pulled the starters and allowed everyone who suited up to see some significant playing time.

For the second straight week Jason Sutherland was mostly flawless at quarterback, completing seven of 12 passes with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran for more than 100 yards and a touchdown. Two other runners, Lee Baker and Clifton Dumas, eclipsed the century mark on the ground.

"The offensive line was incredible," offensive coordinator Mike MacDonald said. "They didn't allow the defense to do anything, they totally dominated the game."

According to MacDonald, the Kaos did things a little different on offense this week. The coaching staff noticed that run and pass tendencies were coming out of certain formations and that was helping to tip off opposing defenses. So this week they simply flipped it - running out of pass formations and play-action passing out of running packages. It was very effective against the Renegades who at times were yelling "pass" on a draw play allowing for huge chunks of yards.

"It was a huge party for the Kansas Kaos this week," MacDonald said.

The Kaos will return home and play host to the undefeated Iowa Lightning at 7 p.m. Saturday at David Jaynes Stadium.

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