Sabercats Trip Up LA KISS

LA Kiss Fullback Joe Mortensen gets up ended after a first down. Photo Credit: Jordon Kelly / news4usonline.com
LA KISS Fullback Joe Mortensen gets up ended after a first down. Photo Credit: Jordon Kelly / News4usonline.com

Anaheim, Ca-The LA KISS ran out of steam early in 75-34  defeat to the San Jose Sabercats. The Sabercats were hungrier tonight and their cool heads endured the KISS first punches. Their confidence just rose as the game continued on and the points were flying on the scoreboard. The KISS had one last spark in the third quarter but it wasn’t enough to get the win.

The KISS are still fighting for their playoff lives, desperate for a win. They started the game on a positive note being first to score with a field goal on their opening drive.  At the end of first quarter the KISS held a slim 10-7 lead. It appeared that they were primed for a win, but that was their last lead of the game.

LA Kiss Quarterback Kenny Guiton being stopped on the keeper. Photo Credit Jevone Moore / news4usonline.com
LA KISS Quarterback Kenny Guiton being stopped on the keeper. Photo Credit Jevone Moore / News4usonline.com

Backup quarterback Kenny Guiton started for the KISS before being replaced by newly reacquired JJ Raterink just before half. Guiton only had 7 completions on 23 attempts and two interceptions, most of his throws were late and behind the receivers. Raterink added a little spark in the second half with few touchdowns pass and rushed for one. The offense still needs more fire power starting with some better pass protection to allow for the receivers to get open.

The Sabercats didn’t get fooled by the KISS’ early attempts to gain momentum by doing two onside kicks that resulted in great field position for the Sabercats. This was the KISS fifth onside kick dating back to last week game.  The defense kept being put on a short field and asked to perform miracles. Defensive End Michael Spicer had the only KISS sack of the game. The defense was lead by defensive back Donnie Fletcher with six tackles for the game.

LA Kiss Donovan Morgan on one of his two touchdown grabs. Photo Credit Jordon Kelly /News4usonline.com
LA KISS Donovan Morgan on one of his two touchdown grabs. Photo Credit Jordon Kelly /News4usonline.com

This win tonight for the visiting San Jose Sabercats allowed them to clinch the National Conference- Pacific Division title. With three games left they can cruise and get healthy for the playoffs. Now the KISS has some work to do, needing at least two wins to keep their hopes alive. Next week they travel to Portland to play Thunder who currently holds the last playoff wildcard spot and a one game lead.

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