ANAHEIM,CA – Coming off two wins in row, the LA KISS (2-11) fell a little short in trying to make it three straight victories, falling to the Philadelphia Soul (11-2), 56-48. The home crowd was rocking with their version of a terrible towel that was given to fans as they arrived to the game.
At the half, the teams were tied 28-28 setting up for great second half of play. The KISS had won opening coin toss and deferred to second half but was unable to score on first drive in third quarter.
There were some LA KISS highlights with a defensive play of game came by Josh Victorian, who scored on a a 52 yard touchdown interception. That play electrified the crowd, and Victorian teammates, because this gave LA KISS first lead of the game, 41-35, with 4:21 left in third quarter. On the defensive side of ball fellow defensive back Rayshaun Kizer lead the team with eight solo tackles and one tackle for a loss.
The Soul showed their game plan earlier with 3 straight plays down field. The first two passes fell incomplete, but the third pass dropped in Harvey Binford’s hands for a 36-yard touchdown. Binford was prepared for the end zone with a dance move called the “Whip,” to give his teammates some energy on the road.
A few series later, LA Kiss new quarterback Danny Southwick’s back shoulder throw to Donovan Morgan was intercepted by Ken Richardson that was returned for 46 yard touchdown and gave Philadelphia a 14-7 lead.
Southwick came in tonight getting the start and putting up good stats with six touchdowns, 241 yards , 55% completion ratio. There were a few opportunities that Southwick missed that could have added few more scores. Morgan again turned in a big game with six catches for 107 yards and four touchdowns. Morgan’s most impressive catch in the game came in late in fourth quarter when he made a one-handed grab on short post route that made game 56-48. DeMarco Sampson continues to be great tandem with Morgan, hauling in six passes for 80 yards and a touchdown.
The LA KISS are doing the right things on the field; they will have to dig deep to keep it going all four quarters and not let teams get out in front of them. The personal changes have continued, but the KISS have been in position to win games. Now it’s time to let this core group of players gel and make a push to finish the season off strong.