After long break, Kaos ready to go
After two bye weeks, one for Fourth of July weekend that was league-wide and another that was scheduled, the Kansas Kaos are champing at the bit to get back in action.
They will get their chance at 7 p.m. Saturday when they play host to Junction City at David Jaynes Stadium on the campus of Bonner Springs High School.
The Kaos has already defeated Junction City once this season. That came June 21, in a 30-3 rout on the road.
In that earlier matchup, the Kaos were able to utilize their physical style of line play and consistent running game. Not to mention their swarming defense that has only yielded one field goal in the first two games.
The Kaos sit on top of the league standings with a 2-0 record.
According to the coaching staff, this week's game will yield a similar outcome if they do the things they set out to accomplish.
"We need to do a couple of things well to be successful," coach Kip Van Hoose said. "We need to control the line of scrimmage, and we need to shore up the kicking game. We also need to take advantage of our scoring opportunities."
In the first matchup against Junction City, the Kaos came up empty on four red zone chances. Though it is not a devastating stat when your defense allows only three points, it certainly is something the Kaos plan to address.
Nobody knows that better than Van Hoose, who has spent the last two weeks of practice working on scoring.
"We put in a Jumbo package for the red zone. It takes a couple of weeks to feel out your personnel and see what they are best at," he said. "We tried to get cute by going four-wide too much. We need to just line up and play to our strengths - smash-mouth football. It's our bread and butter."
He also wants his defense to play more consistently. In the first game at Junction City they were not without error. The Spartans hit a couple of deep-pass plays that made the Kaos coaching staff uneasy, because nothing can turn a game on its head quicker than a well-timed bomb.
They are looking for some consistent play from quarterback Jason Sutherland who has connected on half of his passes in the first two games. They are looking for more plays out of the wide receiver corps, specifically catching and running to make big plays.
Outside of coaching circles this may look like nit-picking, but football coaches are perfectionists and Van Hoose is no exception. He is nervous about the kicking game, the red zone, injuries, the two-week layoff and many other things that have not even crossed his mind yet. He said he won't stop being worried until after the game Saturday.