AFL – Football is Back in LA

LA KISS Inaugural Season with QB (11) J.J. Raterink Photo: Jevone Moore/ / Full Image 360
LA KISS Inaugural Season with QB (11) J.J. Raterink
Photo: Jevone Moore/ / Full Image 360

Anaheim, CA – The LA KISS Arena Football League team has opened the season at 1-1. The AFL and its 14 team league have taken notice that the LA KISS are here.  They are competing in the National Conference – West Division with the Back 2 Back defending champions Arizona Rattlers.

The LA KISS opened up their inaugural 2014 season on the road Saturday with a thrilling last minute 41-38 victory over the San Antonio Talons at the Alamodome. The record books and the Kiss foundation will forever be a victory. The next game was a high scoring shootout loss to the Orlando Predators, 69-63, in overtime.  The Predators didn’t take their first lead until they made it 63-56 with 43 seconds left in regulation. The LA KISS, third-ranked passing offense in the league with quarterback J.J. Raterink, tied the score in 12 seconds to make room for overtime play.

Raterink has managed a 52.6% completion rate, 436 yards and nine touchdowns in the air thus far after two games. His main targets are both in the Top Ten of the leagues wide receivers; Markee White has produced 143 yards, 14 catches, and three touchdowns,  while Donovan Morgan has put up 128 yards, 12 catches, and four touchdowns through the first two games.

The fast pace of the AFL game will allow for some great numbers if they keep this up.

Not to be out done is AFL sack leader Beau Bell, who  has three sacks for the LA KISS team.  From his linebacker position coming aggressively on the pass rush has been good. Look for upcoming teams to look to double team Bell to slow down his effectiveness. Fellow defender Andre Jones leads the team with 10 tackles. The defensive backs are ball-hawking with three combined interceptions thus far.

The team’s defensive coordinator will need to continue to come up with great game plans, and allow his defense to play loose and physical.

The LA KISS has a bye this week that will allow for the troops to rally back and get ready for their home opener next week Saturday, April 5 against the Portland Thunder at 6:30 p.m. live at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.

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