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Kiss Quiet The Thunder

Owner Paul Stanley taking in a game.
Back up QB Kenny Guiton down on Goal Line looking for daylight. Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360
Back up QB Kenny Guiton down on Goal Line looking for daylight. Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360

Anaheim, Ca- The LA Kiss had been grinding and pushing week after week for that next victory. All that hard work paid off with a 69 – 61 win over the visiting Portland Thunder. The Kiss held the lead wire to wire and never let the Thunder sniff the lead. The fans were treated to high scoring affair and a dance show by offensive tackle / fullback Andres Vargas who did the splits at 320 pounds.

The first score was a quick, a 5 yard touchdown to Donovan Morgan who finished the game with team high three touchdowns. On Portland first possession flowing a personal foul quarterback Kyle Rowley fumbles and Kiss linebacker Matt Estrada recovers it for 5 yards touchdown bringing the Kiss to 14-0 lead.  The team built up a great game on the arm of Aaron Garicia who finished with 5 touchdowns on 24 completions, 289 yards.

Portland came into the game just as hungry for a win as the Kiss did but a slow start left them chasing all game.  Their quarterback Kyle Rowley being under pressure most of the game still managed to throw for 362 yards and seven touchdowns.   Eric Rogers was Portland standout with four touchdown catches with a team high 144 yards.

Portland DB with Pick 6 Dive. Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360
Portland DB with Pick 6 Dive. Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360

This game was all about the LA Kiss and the moves by head coach Bob McMillen finding a way to win. The uniforms are the same but few new wrinkles and additions. New return man AJ Cruz was inserted in after an injury at defensive back and played well for his DB Coach Mark Ricks. On the offensive side newly acquired backup quarterback Kenny Guiton came in to run little option for a touchdown and crucial 1st down to keep a drive alive in first half that lead to a score. The always faithful Captain Donovan Morgan showed his skills as normal leading team with three touchdowns. Morgan always a flair for the dramatics caught a nice over wall diving touchdown.

Now the Kiss can look to build on this satisfying win and heal up their bumps and bruises. The next task for Paul Stanley’s team is to travel to Arizona and face the undefeated Rattlers on Saturday June 21st. The Kiss will get an opportunity to do what no other team has done yet this year, which is beat the Rattlers.

Rattlers Strike The Kiss

AJ Cruz finding daylight on kickoff return. Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360
AJ Cruz finding daylight on kickoff return. Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360

Anaheim, Ca -The Big bad raining back to back Arena Bowl Champions Arizona Rattlers (10-0) struck the LA Kiss (2-8) hard 70-25. The Kiss are still looking for the right mix on offense and defense to secure their next win. The Rattlers came in all business and continue to show the AFL how to get it done week in and week out.  The Kiss did show a little flashes of greatness on the field tonight.

The game started with the Kiss scoring first on two yard run by their new weapon Andres Vargas a big tackle converted to Tight end-Full Back hybrid. Vargas’ number was called a few times tonight during short yardage situations.  It took the Rattlers midway through first quarter before they scored on 20 yard touchdown pass to Kerry Reed at 7:50 mark. Then a few series later the Kiss looking to respond back, gave up a pick six to the Rattlers defensive back Marquis Floyd. Now with the lead 14-7 the Rattlers never looked back after that point. When the teams went to halftime the Rattlers had stretched the lead to 16, 35-19H.

The change at quarterback for the Kiss brought future AFL HOF Aaron Garcia. He had an okay game when he wasn’t picking himself off the rug from a big hit. Garcia went 13/25 for 173 yards, 1 TD, back up Tyler Hansen add small spark two touchdown (1 yard Rush, 2 yard Pass). The constant stars for the Kiss are still Donovan “Captain” Morgan 8 catches for 89 yards 1 TD, and bunch key receptions off of sure effort. Then return man AJ Cruz who is always a threat on kickoff return to go the distance. He had 10 returns for 270 yards and a long 52 to the Rattlers 14 yard line before being face masked and stopping him from scoring.

LA Kiss Dancers showing off their skills. Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360
LA Kiss Dancers showing off their skills. Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360

Once the Arizona Rattlers got going those Snakes slithered through the desert with easy and little resistance. Quarterback Nick Davila slashed the Kiss backfield up for 6 touchdown amassing 236 yards on 16/25 passes.  Davila spread the ball around tonight with 4 different receivers catching touchdown passes. He did have a favorite Kerry Reed, who led all receivers with 4 touchdowns himself on 101 yards receiving.

The Kiss have another week of practice with the new members on the roster before they travel up north to face San Jose Sabercats (7-3). In their first meeting it was a close battle that the Kiss loss 48-32. The LA Kiss will be watch at home and will be looking forward to seeing their team compete and get that much need victory.

Gladiators Withstand The LA Kiss Advances

T. Lewis from Westchester HS showing off his skills in AFL. Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360
LA Kiss could only smell the endzone. Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360
LA Kiss could only smell the endzone. Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360

ANAHEIM, CA-The Cleveland Gladiators (4-0) had too much fire power in the end for the LA Kiss (2-2) to handle in 40-30 defeat. It was a back and forth battle until the 4th quarter when the lone touchdown belong to the Gladiators to secure the victory.  These two teams slugged it out on the field and outside lines as well. The Gladiators shut down the Kiss in Red zone late in game which was the difference.

Cleveland quarterback Chris Dieker spread the ball around to all his receivers. The hottest hand was a local Southern Californian star from Westchester high school Thyron Lewis who 3 touchdowns and 76 yards receiving. Lewis was clearly in a league of his own tonight on the field.

JJ Raterink lit up stat line throwing for a game high 259 yards with 4 touchdowns but he left a few plays on field tonight. Looking back on the game there were opportunities but they were not taken advantage of, allowing for second loss of the season.

The first half was almost dominated by Cleveland but the kicking game left them behind each score. The LA Kiss kept striking back slowly making its extra points count. Midway through the second quarter with the LA Kiss up 14-12 after a 4 yard touchdown catch by wide receiver Markee White the tone was set. These two teams have been feisty with both teams receiving unsportsmanlike penalties. LA Kiss Defensive Back Dexter McCoil was even ejected for throwing a punch during one of the exchanges to leave them shorthanded. The Cleveland Gladiators took a slim 2 point lead into the half 19-17.

LA Kiss Defense left trying to hold on. Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360
LA Kiss Defense left trying to hold on. Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360

The Kiss defense only reached the quarterback Dieker once in the game giving him time to pass freely. That put most of the pressure on DB’s to slow the scoring down. Andre Jones did his best keeping the receivers in front of him and accounting for 5 tackles in 1st half for a total 8 tackeles on the night.

To start the third quarter Quarterback JJ Raterick drove his team 49 yards in 7 plays finding favorite wide receiver DJ Morgan for 10 yards touchdown reception. Then kicker Kenny Spencer followed Cleveland motto of missing extra point making score 23-17 Kiss. Then the teams traded a few more scores in the quarter.

The Kiss kept it close but was not the last team standing, it was the still undefeated Gladiators. The Kiss will get back to work this week during practice and prepare for their next game on the road. The LA Kiss will travel to Iowa Barnstomers (2-2) to play on Saturday 19th of April.

Rose Bowl – Michigan State Chops Down Stanford

Pasadena, Ca- The big physical #5 Stanford Cardinal (11-3) was no match for the #4 Michigan State Spartans (13-1) in the second half of a 24-20 loss. It all came down to one play, Stanford with the ball 1:36 left on clock needing 1 yard on 4th down to get an additional four plays. That’s when 6’4 245 fullback #85 Ryan Hewitt had his first carry of day get stopped cold down low #45 Darien Harris,  #89 Shilique Calhoun & by a flying linebacker #41 Kyler Elsworth to finish the job.  That Cardinal tree chopping was heard all they back in East Lansing as the Spartans smelled the sweet victory of the 100th Rose Bowl.

Michigan State showed they could take a punch and keep fighting after trailing 10-0 at end of 1st quarter.  All seemed to be going right for Stanford but with a blue collar work ethic of State, they came charging back strong with 14 point in 2nd quarter. Offensive’s MVP quarterback #18 Connor Cook who threw for 332 yards with 2 touchdowns lead his team with poise and confidence. Cook shook off a 2nd quarter interception that was Stanford last touchdown of the game leading 17-7 with 2:06 left before half. The next series the Spartans marched down the field 75 yards in 7 plays in one minute thirty nine seconds, ending with 2 yard touchdown pass to State’s fullback #37 Trevon Pendleton making it 17-14 at the half. Even being down by three points at the half, Michigan State still had all the momentum.

The star senior running backs for both teams were the big storyline coming into the game and help their teams but pretty much ended in a draw in the stat line. Stanford #25 Tyler Gaffney had 91 yards on 24 carries with 1st quarter touchdown, Michigan State #33 Jeremy Langford had 84 yards on 23 carries and 2nd quarter touchdown. The pass and defense was difference maker when clock ticked zero. After the game the Michigan State Defensive Back all held a banner that said, “No Fly Zone” This crew was able to hold Stanford’s Kevin Hogan to 10 for 18, 143 yards, and interception.

The Centennial Rose Bowl lived up to its name of The Grand Daddy of them all. The Big Ten took home the green roses with its key stops and scoring plays that made Michigan State looked smart for signing Mark Dantonio to an extension. The report says Dantonio stands to be highest paid Big Ten coach over Ohio State Urban Myers 4.6 million. So look for State to be well coached for the upcoming seasons and to defend it Rose Bowl title well in 2014 season.

B2G South Bay BMW Bowl

B2G Advantage with Ron Allen shaping up to be a great battle this Sunday January 27th, 2013 at The Home Depot Center.

Tiger Woods 2013 Comeback

Tiger on Sherwood Country Club 14th hole fairway. Photo by Jevone Moore
Tiger on Sherwood Country Club 14th hole fairway. Photo by Jevone Moore
Tiger on Sherwood Country Club 14th hole fairway. Photo by Jevone Moore

Another great year for the #1 golfer in world Tiger Woods and the sport of golf. Most folks who casually watch the sport would label this a bad year for Woods, due to high expectations placed on him. Tiger did win 2013 PGA Tour play of the year award, beating out a good field of players. Imagine having a football team go undefeated for a season now that would be easier than a golfer wining week in and week out. It just tough to win multiples wins on tour, that’s what makes Tigers 5 win performances all the more spectacular. Only four other golfers had more than one PGA win, all tied with two wins apiece.

Many golfers fight to keep their PGA tour cards by making enough money during this 2013 golf year to make the cut, Tiger lead the field with a mere $8,553,439. Not bad for a Tiger who regained the top sport in world ranking again in March of this year. Keeping his point totals along with his stats that folks can only dream about 5 PGA tour wins, 8 top 10 finishes, & 10 top 25 finishes. This season Tiger won at the Farmers Insurance Open, the WGC, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, The Players Championship, & the World Golf Championship.

Tiger All Smiles on Practice Green Before Starting a Round. Photo by Jevone Moore
Tiger All Smiles on Practice Green Before Starting a Round. Photo by Jevone Moore

The spot light has been bright on the Stanford alum during his comeback years watching every move he makes. In the end Tigers continues to smile and work towards being the most dominating force on tour. Tiger was asked how would he summarize his season, “Pretty damn good year” So what will be next as the 2014 season approaches and this year majors await his presence. Will there be a Grand Slam for us fans to be amazed by, always a rhetorical question going into the New Year when a Tiger lurking.
The fans in Southern California will miss Tiger as he bid farewell to hosting his annual tournament at Sherwood Country Club in Westlake Ca for the last 14 years. He normally passes on the Rivera Country Club tour stop so looks like Torry Pines will be Tiger’s only stop in the far west. So be ready to watch Tiger Woods in HD and imagine that you were there watching live from the course week after week.

Holiday Bowl 2012 (San Diego)

 

Evans on Kickoff Return

Shaq Evans on Big Return

Holiday Bowl 2012 (San Diego)

Joseph Fauria on Touchdown Jump!

Ucla Jerry Johnson 1st Half Grab

Johnson on Receiving end of Hundley for a First Down!

#4 Duke Blue Devils Smash SC on Cooper’s Return

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Noon Showdown was set for the visiting #4 Duke (10-0) to face off against the Host Women of Troy (3-7)  75-60 Final. It was Michael Cooper’s return to the SC bench after a one game suspension issued by SC for using an ineligible player at practice. Sr. Guard Chelsea Gray lead all scorers with 18 points, 10 rebounds & 5 steals. Blue Devils took a strong 9 point lead by half and had little trouble in second half. The West Coast trip treated Devils good, so plane ride home had to be a blast. Cassie Harberts led SC with 17 points & 4 rebounds for Women of Troy.

 

Chelsea Gray Duke Blue Devils

Nice drive in traffic scoring 2 of Gray 18 points to lead the Devils. Live at Women of Troy Classic, on Daddy Daughter day December 22, 2012.

UC Davis Crusies Past CSU Bakersfield in Victory

On a day when little could go wrong for Aggies (5-4)which were on pace for their third win in a row 71-59 victory over Roadrunners (2-12). So. Forward Sydnee Fipps lead the team with 15 points on 6-of-7 from field. Fipps aggressiveness all over the court and she left it all out there. Sr. Guard Blair Shinoda #10 (Featured) on a nice drive to the basket for 2 of her points this afternoon. UC Davis returns to The Pavilion to host Washington on Friday at 7pm.

UC Davis Crusies Past CSU Bakersfield in Victory

Women of Troy Classic

Cebrina Johnson #23 CSU Bakersfield with quick hands to tie up Sydnee Fipps #14 UC Davis. Fipps had a team high 15 points, 2 Rebounds, 3 Assist, 1 Block & Steal, that lead to her being named to All-Tournament Team this weekend.

 

Women of Troy Classic

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