Saturday night’s performance was as close to a complete game as the Mid Missouri Outlaws could have asked of themselves.
The offense moved the ball up and down the field as easy as taking candy from a baby, the defense forced six turnovers, the special teams kept the Junction City (Kan) Force bottled up in their own end practically the whole game and their kicker made all but one extra point and it was blocked.
The result was a 58-21 victory for the Mid Missouri Outlaws as they pushed their record to 4-1 in the American Professional Football League.
Playing their third straight game at the Mathewson Exhibition Center before a capacity crowd, the Outlaws marched 31 yards in five plays ending with a 29-yard field goal by Derek Doerfier from Missouri Valley Collage to give the Outlaws a 3-0 lead with 7:54 left in the first quarter.
The Force, 1-3 on the season, responded quickly with a 35-yard TD pass as the receiver got behind the Outlaw secondary, hauled in the pass from the strong-armed quarterback and went the rest of the way for a TD with 4:07 left in the first quarter to give the Force its first and only leadoff the game 7-3.
Giving up the long TD pass must not have set very well with the Outlaws as they scored 28 unanswered points to take a 31-7 halftime lead.
The Outlaws Colton Miller intercepted a Force pass and returned it to the Force 9-yard line. That marked the first of five times in the game that the Outlaws held the Force inside their own 10-yard line.
One minute later, the Outlaws took the lead for good on a six-yard TD run by wide receiver Gary Taylor with 3:09 left in the first quarter and Dperfier tacked on the extra point to give the Outlaws a 10-7 lead.
Smith-Cotton and Missouri Valley product DeAndre Smith picked off a Force pass at the visitor’s 12-yard line on the last play of the first quarter.
Three plays later, Jacob Cahill scored the first of his two TDs on a one-yard run. Doerfier kicked the PAT and the Outlaw lead grew to 17-7.
On the first play of the Force’s next possession, the Outlaws forced the quarterback from the endzone and ne fumbled as he tried to pass. The Outlaws’ Rodney Thoas recovered the ball at the 6-yard line. One play later, Thomas was rewarded with a one-yard TD run. Doerfier added the extra point and it was 24-7.
The Outlaws’ defense pinned their ears back and came full throttle after the Force quarterback as the visitors were forced into a passing game. The Outlaws picked off another pass and quarterback Kyle Middleton connected with Taylor on a six-yard TD pass into the right corner of the endzone with four seconds left in the half. Doerfier’s fourth extra point made it 31-7 at the half.
After an incredibly long halftime intermission, the Outlaws went right back to work. Cahill scored his second TD of the game on a three-yard run with 6:42 left in the third quarter. The Outlaw defense sacked the Force quarterback in the endzone, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Thomas with 4:4 left in the third and it was 45-7.
The Force answered with a 35-yard TD pass to close within 45-14 after three quarters.
Middleton hit Mark Moore Jr., with a three-yard TD pass on the second play of the fourth quarter to put the Outlaws up 52-14.
The Outlaws took advantage of an interception by Miller and Terry Wood closed out the rout with a two-yard TD run to make it 58-14. The extra point was blocked.
The Force added a late score.
The Outlaws have a week off, and then will host the Sioux City Bandit May 13 with kickoff set for 7:05. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.