After giving up 48 points in a 48-42 loss to the Kansas Koyotes the previous week, the Mid Missouri Outlaws’ defense had something to prove Saturday night. And prove they did.
The Outlaws defense forced five turnovers and the offense capitalize every time in a 66-28 American Professional Football League victory over the Cheyenne Wyoming Warriors Saturday night at the Mathewson Exhibition Center.
Outlaw defensive back Jaiwan Shields from Kansas City, picked off two passes and recovered a fumble. Massive defensive lineman Jeff Clancy, a Smith-Cotton product, had three quarterback sacks to lead a hungry Outlaw defense.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Outlaws scored every time they had the ball except their second possession of the fourth quarter after the game was already decided and Outlaw head coach Ben Lyles had inserted several reserves in the game.
Former University of Missouri career punt and kickoff-return yardage leader scored five touchdowns and quarterback Kyle Middleton threw five TD passes in the rout of the Warriors.
The Outlaws improved to 3-1 on the season while the Warriors remained winless at 0-3, creating an even longer trip back home.
Unlike the previous week, the Outlaws were able to sustain scoring drives. On their first possession, the Outlaws marched 38 yards and ate up over 6”30 of the first quarter with James scoring from a yard out with 8:37 left in the first quarter. Derek Doerfier from Baker University kicked the extra point to put the Outlaws up 7-0.
The Warriors answered with a 31-yard field goal to get within 7-3.
On the Outlaws next possession, Middleton threw an interception and the Warriors capitalized with a 20-yard TD pass on the last play of the first quarter. The extra point put the Warriors up 10-7 after one period.
That’s when the Outlaws kicked it into high gear. They marched 30 yards with James going the final seven for his second TD. The extra point made it 14-10 and the Outlaws never trailed again.
Shields intercepted a Warrior pass at the Warriors’ 17 and five plays later,
Colton Miller scored on a one yard run with 4:24 left in the half. The PAT made it 21-10
Shields recovered a Warrior fumble at the visitor’s 12-yard line and James scored three plays later from three yards out. The PAT made it 28-`10.
The Outlaws got the ball back and Middleton connected with Joshua Reid on a pass to the Warrior 10. Three plays later Middleton hit his favorite target on the night, Jacob Cahill, on a four-yard pass for a score. The PAT made it 35-10.
In the closing seconds of the half, the Outlaws pinned the Warriors deep and came up with a safety on the last play of the half when the Warrior quarterback intentionally grounded the ball in the endzone giving the Outlaws 37-10 lead at the half.
The rout continued in the second half. James scored on a one-yard run but the extra point failed as the Outlaws’ lead grew to 43-10.
The Warriors got a field goal of 35 yards to make t 43-13.
Middleton hit Gary Taylor with a TD pass but the extra point was blocked and it was 43-13.
James scored again and the extra point made it 56-19 after three quarters.
From there, it was a process of running the clock for the Outlaws but they tacked on a pair of TDs and the Warriors got two more scores against the Outlaw reserves. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.