ANAHEIM, CA-The LA KISS tasted their first victory of the season over National Conference opponent Portland Thunder, winning 52-40. This team just needed to be back home and it didn’t hurt to have their starting quarterback, Adrian McPherson, back under center. McPherson looked good after a long injury layoff, completing five touchdowns, and passing for 240 yards passing. He completed 55% of his passes and rushed for 32 yards.
The LA KISS defense was huge in this game, keeping Portland to only 40 points on the scoreboard. When you really dig into numbers, the KISS defense really only gave up four touchdowns. The other two came on back to back kickoff returns by shifty fast Duane Brooks, who vision and speed was superior on special teams.
The defensive MVP for the game was Rayshaun Kizer, who sealed the deal for the KISS on the win with a late fourth quarter pick six interception return to cancel any hope Portland had for a comeback. Kizer lead his team with 8 and a half tackles, one pass break up and two interceptions to cap off a complete game. Defensive End Dajohn Harris was keeping pressure on Portland quarterback Kyle Rowley all night, and added a one-yard tackle for a loss.
Portland had a solid game behind strong-arm Rowley, who had 233 yards passing to go along with four touchdowns. Portland played from behind all night after jumping out in front in the first quarter with a 7-0 lead. V’Keon Lacey was Rowley’s main target with eight catches for 101 yards. Just think if Portland didn’t have their stat man Brooks, who gained 252 all-purpose yards and scored four touchdowns.
This team has been kicking and crawling all season leaving it all out on the field. No one had a bigger smile of relief on his face then LA KISS head coach Bob McMillen. The team played a complete game for all four quarters and results was a huge lift off their shoulders. “Captain” Donovan Morgan competed like always turning in another consistent game with three touchdowns on seven catches. DeMarco Sampson was a team player, operating as the wildcat quarterback during a goal line attempt, and punched in a tw0- yard score just before half to set the tone for the next two periods.
The win will be seen as a turning point for this LA KISS team. McMillen will look for this great feeling to spill over into practice this week. The KISS will travel to San Jose to face the Sabercats next Saturday June 13, and will return home the following week June 20 to play the Philadelphia Soul.