Kaos rally late, topple Extreme
The Kansas Kaos rebounded from their bad loss a week ago with a victory over the Lincoln Extreme, 20-13, on Saturday at David Jaynes Stadium.
Not much about the victory was pretty, but the win improves the Kaos to 2-1 on the season, and propels the club into the meat of its schedule.
The Kaos started out sluggish in the first half, fumbling three times and allowing a 50-yard punt return that flipped the field, which was as good as a turnover.
Coach Mike MacDonald attributed the poor start to a hangover from the 79-point loss to the Oklahoma Thunder the previous week. He also pointed out that had his defense not stepped up against the Extreme, they would be licking their wounds again.
Despite having the ball on the Kaos side of the field for much of the first quarter, the Extreme had to settle for two field goals after being stopped on third down.
“Our defense is pretty stout,” MacDonald said. “We were good last year on that side of the ball, and not much has changed. They really bailed us out by getting those stops.”
The Kaos and Extreme each pushed across a touchdown in the second quarter and went into halftime with Lincoln leading, 13-7. It was at halftime that the Kaos got their confidence back and made some game-changing adjustments. The Kaos had not seen any tape of the Extreme before the game and tweaked a couple of things on offense to take advantage of the aggressive Lincoln attack.
In the third quarter, the game looked as though it may finish 13-7 with neither team able to move the ball. But then came the fourth quarter.
“We destroyed them off the line in the fourth,” MacDonald said.
After punching in a touchdown early in the quarter to take the lead, the Kaos used a couple of bold calls to take control of the game late. Facing fourth-and-long at the Extreme 9-yard line, the Kaos lined up in the power-I formation and pounded out a 5-yard gain — just enough for a first down. On the next play, quarterback Thompson Omboga faked a handoff and skirted around the other side for a naked bootleg that produced a touchdown.
“(The game) was a good example that shows we are able to get through some adversity,” MacDonald said. “It showed the guys we are able to come back and get a win if we keep playing.”
The Kaos next play at 7 p.m. Saturday against the Oklahoma City Gunners at Western Heights High School in Oklahoma City, Okla. The Kaos downed the Gunners in the season-opener, 20-12.
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The Kansas Kaos are looking to expand their roster and are actively seeking local players from Bonner Springs, Basehor and Kansas City, Kan., who are interested in playing for the team. Those interested should visit www.kaosfootball.com or call the team at (913) 957-4997.