Lightning strikes early, often as Kaos suffer first loss of year
The Kansas Kaos suffered their first loss of the football season on Saturday to the Iowa Lightning, 27-12. It was their first road contest since early August and their first game of any kind in four weeks.
Quarterback Jason Sutherland threw a touchdown to Derion McKenzie and Lee Baker rushed for another to round out the scoring for the Kaos.
"Overall, the layoff definitely hurt us," Kaos coach Kip Van Hoose said. "We had a lot of penalties that stalled drives. We had one TD called back for holding. A number of productive plays were wiped out due to holding calls."
The lack of a consistent kicking game also hurt the Kaos. While Iowa's kicking game converted on two field goals and three extra points, the Kaos missed on their only extra point attempt - they went for two on their second score.
"Changing play callers probably affected us more than we thought it would," Van Hoose said. "We did not have consistent offense or defense during the game. Iowa did a good job scheming us when they were on offense."
Iowa opened the scoring with a touchdown run and led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Kaos responded in the second quarter with a drive into the red zone, but they came up short on four straight running plays. Without a trustworthy kicker, they were forced to go for a touchdown.
After a stop by the defense, Sutherland was intercepted and the ball was returned inside the Kaos' 20-yard line. The defense held firm, yielding only a field goal, and trailed 13-0 at halftime.
The offense got rolling in the second half with big runs from Allen Williams and completions by Sutherland to multiple receivers, including a touchdown toss to McKenzie. Unfortunately for the Kaos, the Lightning drove right down the field and scored, making the score 20-6.
The offense responded after a good kick return. Sutherland connected with Chris Penn and Don Allen. Later in the drive, Lee Baker ran in for a touchdown. The Kaos were now within one score, trailing 20-12. Iowa was up for the challenge, however. The Lightning put away the game on a 50-yard touchdown run on the next possession.
The Kaos (6-1) will close out the regular season with a road game against the Kansas City Panthers on Saturday night. Playoff schedules will be announced following this weekend's NAFL action.