April 20, 2013
The Mid-Missouri Outlaws couldn’t quite get over the hump in Week 5. The Outlaws led the Oklahoma Defenders with less than a minute left before KingJack Washington scored on a 10-yard run with 48 seconds left to lift the Defenders to a 36-34 win and send the Outlaws to 0-5.
“I talked to the guys a lot about learning how to finish,” said Outlaws head coach Jason Pallo. “We played a really good game defensively and our offense finally got it together. In all honesty, we should have won that game and the guys understand that.”
It was the closest the Outlaws have gotten since a Week 1 overtime loss to Lincoln.
“A lot of that is due to the fact that we’re starting to jell more as a team,” Pallo said. “Everyone is starting to understand their role more with the team.”
The Outlaws will now look for their first win of the season at home against the KC Renegades (3-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday. It will mark the first home start for new Outlaws quarterback Kyle Christian, who completed 19 of 36 passes for 169 yards and three touchdowns at Oklahoma last week.
Pallo is excited about Christian’s mobility and decision making.
“The ability to extend a play with his legs was great, and then he found receivers while scrambling,” Pallo said.
Even with Christian’s play last week, Pallo is not ready to name a permanent starter. The Outlaws’ other newly signed quarterback, Damien Dunning, is sidelined with a knee injury suffered in the first quarter of a Week 4 loss to the Kansas Koyotes, and Pallo expects him to be out another couple of weeks and challenge for the job when he gets back.
“I think those two guys are going to push each other,” Pallo said.
This week the Outlaws face a KC team that is using two different quarterbacks as well. With one game under his belt, Xavier Lee is 10 of 17 passing for 66 yards and two touchdowns. The Renegades’ other option is Dennis Gile, who is 53 of 95 passing for 477 yards and 10 touchdowns. Gile also has 41 rushing yards on 14 carries.
“When they play him they’re a lot more run-oriented,” Pallo said. “You’re going to get a different offense depending on which quarterback is in there.”
KC comes in with a three-game winning streak after dropping its first two games of the year.
“They’re very athletic and talented and I feel we’re just as athletic and talented,” Pallo said.
Outlaws vs. KC Renegades
7 p.m. Saturday at Mathewson Exhibition Center