ANAHEIM-The LA KISS (4-11) are chasing history going into this home stretch after this past weekend’s 37-27 victory over the Las Vegas Outlaws (5-10). The KISS lead this game from start to finish in this long grudge match that had plenty of big plays in the second half. One big play was a 53 yard kickoff return by DeMarco Sampson in 3rd quarter to give the KISS a 30-21 lead and all the momentum. Sampson finished the night with 150 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns.
The LA KISS played a complete game for head coach Bob McMillen and are in good spot to make a wildcard game for the playoffs. They have three games left, two on road and come home for the grand finally verse Sabercats. Due to poor marketing plans by Las Vegas and New Orleans, the AFL have taken them over and their next game will be consider a tie verse spending the money to open an arena.
So that helps LA KISS if they finish strong.
The new ground game destroyer is Myles Mason who scored the first touchdown of night on a 5-yard run. Mason also scored the KISS last touchdown of game last week on the ground making teams have to respect the big man rushing skills.
Donovan Morgan continued to be a great target for quarterback Danny Southwick, who hit Morgan seven times for 69 yards and a touchdown. Morgan now has 114 catches 1,688 yards with 36 touchdowns this season. Southwick outshined former LA KISS QB J.J. Raterink of Outlaws, completing with 18 of 31 passes for 179 yards, and three touchdowns.
Meanwhile Raterink was benched for second half finishing with only nine completions, two touchdowns (1 rushing). Outlaws wide receiver Tysson Potts caught 10 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown to be top playmaker for his team.
A rallying cry for the Kiss defense has been keep everything in front of you while front four applies pressure. Defensive End Darryl Cato-Bishop came up with two sacks and four solo tackles; his second quarter sack resulted in two-point safety. Defensive back Rayshaun Kizer lead the team for the second week in a row with seven tackles, just like his jersey number along with a big interception.
If the KISS can continue to find a way to answer the call and step up for a full game who know are they peaking at just right time to make a run. It would bring a great infusion of confidence and energy to this young organization.