Anaheim, CA – Pyrotechnics, great music, a high energy show on and off the football field. The owners of the LA KISS bragged that this would be a great unique experience for the fans to see. LA KISS (2-1) won their home opener in style, pulling off a 44-34 victory over visiting Portland Thunder (0-3). Every fan will tell many different moments that were highlights of the experience at this game.
LA KISS quarterback J.J. Raterink had a great night throwing 4 touchdowns 237 yards through the air. J.J.’s favorite target was wide receiver Donovan “Captain” Morgan who caught 4 touchdowns for 169 yards with 11 catches in the game. When LA KISS needed that first down or a big touchdown catch, Morgan was there. Morgan was asked what drove this great performance, “Owners put on such big show off the field, that I felt I need to equal that on field tonight. I always work on my craft and today that hard work paid off.”.
The KISS’ opening drive was 10 plays for 31 yards with a 4 yards touchdown catch to cutting Morgan. This was after slow start by J.J. on his first few passes and then it all began to click.
The Thunder looked up after the first quarter and they down 14-0. They never really had an answer to slow down the KISS from feeding off this home crowd or could it be that they were distracted by the four go-go dancers in each corner of end zone high in the sky in their personal cage.
The Thunder did find some offense in the second quarter picking up 3 points missing one costly extra point. Thunder coach Matthew Sauk used his rookie filled roster to be aggressive and tried few onside kick to steal the momentum to no avail. His quarterback matched production on score board also recording 4 touchdowns in the game. LA KISS’ defense was big all night from the first quarter, getting a 41-yard interception for touchdown by rookie Romeo Pellum of Hampton.
The second half was much of same with four more scoring drives with Morgan picking up a pair of touchdowns. The defense of the KISS was lead by middle linebacker Beau Bell, who led the team with six sacks. The pressure was too much for the Thunders line to handle.
Despite a late charge by the Thunder, they were stopped cold by the pressure upfront by LA’s defense. The Thunder received the knockout blow when Andre Jones’ interception sealed the deal for LA KISS’ second win of the season.
“There was a small amount of time on the clock, and I was going to jump any route,” Jones said.
So the LA KISS now move to 2-1 on the season, and will face a tough Cleveland Gladiators (3-0). Long after the game was over the KISS players and cheerleaders signed autographs for hour plus to complete a great fan experience for all.