Late rally lifts Kansas Kaos to victory over KC Shockers
The Kansas Kaos got a win this past weekend, but it was not a thing of beauty.
The Bonner Springs-based squad traveled to Sugar Creek to take on the KC Shockers and escaped with a win, 11-6, on Saturday.
The game was a “Border War” game for a trophy that exchanges hands across the Missouri and Kansas state lines. The 2009 meeting will be the first year that the Kaos will have held the trophy in their hands at the end of the season.
“It was a really emotional game for us,” coach Mike MacDonald said. “Our defense played really well and stopped (the Shockers) every time we needed them to.”
The Kaos got on the board in the first half with a field goal and a safety, but were kept in check by a stout Shocker defense. Quarterback Thompson Omboga was contained from scrambling in the first half and starting running back Lee Evans injured his back, leaving the Kaos to throw the ball extensively — which is not their strength.
“The Shockers were really good on defense all night,” MacDonald said. “They had us scouted well and were even calling out our plays as we were lining up. They knew what was coming 60 to 70 percent of the time in the first half. We needed to make some adjustments.”
The Kaos moved Omboga out to wide receiver and sent Ronnie Graves in to quarterback, giving them a four-receiver set that the Shockers were not prepared for. Graves hit two big plays that changed the game. He passed for more than 150 yards in the half.
The Kaos were beneficiaries of a long pass interference call that set up their only touchdown of the game, a 38-yard strike from Graves to wide receiver Don Allen, one of the Kaos’ most consistent performers. They went for the two-point conversion, but failed.
However, the Kaos defense stepped up and made some big plays to salt away the game. Safety Chuck Smiley was the game’s most valuable player as he turned in several big hits and downfield tackles to keep the Shockers at bay.
The Kaos are off until Aug. 1 when they travel to Arkansas to take on the War Cats. That game will have playoff implications if Arkansas wins this weekend. Regardless, the Kaos control their own destiny. If they win, then they are in.
The game scheduled for July 25 against the Cass County Renegades has been canceled.