Archive for Thursday, June 26, 2008

Kaos rout Junction City for season-opening win

June 26, 2008

The Kansas Kaos semi-pro football team won its season opener on Saturday by a convincing 30-3 score over the Junction City Spartans.

The Kaos will play host to the Cass County (Neb.) Renegades at 7 p.m. Saturday at David Jaynes Stadium at Bonner Springs High School. Gates open at 6 p.m.

It is the second season for the Kaos in the Bonner Springs community. They are one of 120 teams in the North American Football League (NAFL) and compete within the Missouri Division.

The club has amassed a 24-11 record during the past three seasons and was recognized as the best new minor league football team in the NAFL in 2005, the same year they won a division title and advanced to the third round of the playoffs.

Despite the Kaos' success, the team is still trying to gain a foothold in Bonner Springs. Team owner Ed Williams believes that this season is going to be a breakout one as far as support is concerned.

"We have adjusted ticket prices down as a response to families facing high gas prices and other economic concerns this summer," Williams said. "There is also a coupon available to be redeemed at the gate."

Adult tickets are down from $10 to $8 this season. Tickets for kids ages 11-17 are $4, and children 10 and under get in free.

"If a mother and father want to take their two kids out to the game on a Saturday night we can provide an affordable three hours of entertainment that is fun for everybody," Williams said. "Getting people to come out to support our team and building a fan base to establish ourselves within the community is a priority for the organization."

Williams was the head coach of the Kaos last year, but has decided to concentrate his efforts on ownership responsibilities only this season.

With football's continuing growth in popularity, from the rise of the Arena Football League, to the high television ratings that the National Football League continues to attract, to the most viewed spectator sport in the nation, college football, the Kaos hope to feed the hunger of the football fanatic on the local scale and in an affordable fashion.

"We certainly offer an early dose of football for the fans," Williams said.

This season former BSHS football player and all-league performer Josh Bosley is on the squad. Bosley led the Braves in both tackles and rushing during the 2001 season. He joins coach Mike MacDonald, who is new to the staff this year and the owner of Mac's Place in Edwardsville.

Another name that residents may recognize is former University of Missouri basketball standout Jason Sutherland. Sutherland is a gifted athlete who played football in high school. The former standout from across the border is entering his second year as starting quarterback for the Kaos.

Local sponsors are welcomed to join and can still be included in the media guide. The Kaos is also looking for volunteers for staff and coaching positions as well as players. Tryouts are open yearround. Those interested can contact the team at:

Kansas Kaos

11936 W 119th St. #284

Overland Park, KS 66213

913-957-4997

www.kaosfootball.com

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