Saturday night’s American Professional Football League game between the Kansas Koyotes and the Mid Missouri Outlaws at the Mathewson Exhibition Center was over almost before it started.
The Koyotes, who lost twice to the Outlaws last season, scored the first three times they had their hands on the ball, scoring three touchdowns in the first eight minutes to roar out to a 19-0 lead and led the Outlaws 26-0 after the first quarter on their way to an easy 49-18 victory that kept the Outlaws winless this spring at 0-4.
Outlaw quarterback Kyle Middleton, throwing out of the endzone was picked off and returned 11 yards for a touchdown and a 6-0 Koyote lead. The Outlaws drove to the Koyote’ 15 on their next possession, but a pass throw out of the endzone was picked off and returned 11 yards for a touchdown. The Koyotes’ two-point conversion came up short, but the visitors had a 12-0 lead.
On the Outlaws’ next possession, Middleton was sacked at his own nine-yard line on fourth down and the Koyotes had a first and goal. The Koyotes converted on third and goal from the three-yard line. The extra point was good and it was 19-0 with 6:15 left on the first-quarter clock.
Turnovers became crucial for the Outlaws.
Middleton was again picked off deep in Outlaw territory and the Koyotes converted the turnovers into a nine-yard TD run. This time, the Koyotes scored on a nine-yard run around the left end and the extra point made it 26-0 with more than two minutes left in the first quarter.
The Koyotes continued to run it up, tacking on a one-yard TD run and the extra point put Kansas in command 33-0 early in the second quarter. The Outlaws returned an interception into a touchdown early in the second quarter. Their two-point conversion attempt came up short leaving the Koyotes with a 33-6 lead.
The Koyotes continue to score at ease, adding an 18-yard field goal and a four-yard TD run late in the third quarter to open up a 35-6 lead after three quarters.
Ken Davis scored on a nine-yard run around the left end midway through the second quarter, set up a 13-yard completion from Middleton to Marcus James to the Koyotes’ 9.
That score closed the gap to 42-12 after three quarters. The Koyotes widened the gap to 49-12 on a 40-yard TD run with 4:20 left in the game. The extra point gave the Koyotes their biggest lead at 49-12.
The Outlaws got a late, nine-yard TD run by Davis. The two-point conversion failed as the Outlaws dropped their fourth straight, and second at home.
In four games, the Outlaws have been outscored 184-73. They have given up an average of 46 points per game.
The Outlaws hit the road for the third time this season, traveling to Oklahoma to take on the Defenders at 3:05 p.m. Sunday. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.