Anaheim, Ca – The Arizona Rattlers (2-0) came in and took tonight’s game from the LA KISS (1-1) in every aspect of the game. When the final buzzer buzzed the KISS were outscored 69-28. The team just looked a step slow versus a historical franchise that has had its fare share of championships rings in the AFL.
Arizona had jumped out to 14-0 lead is 1st quarter before the KISS knew what hit them. LA KISS receiver Donovan Morgan scored their first touchdown on the night with 8 yards pass from Nathan Stanley to make it 14-7 game. Arizona added two more scores before halftime to take 35-21 lead into the locker room.
If you just looked at stat sheet and not the score this game looked closer on paper with Arizona scoring on 6-7 times in red zone with 278 total yards on offense. Then LA KISS were 3-4 in red zone with 273 yards total offense. The one telling stat is Arizona scored 20 points off KISS turnovers with 3 sacks and plenty of hurries from Stanley which lead to too many miss throws.
Coach Omarr Smith was asked after game about tonight’s loss, “Know my team knows what championship football looks like.” & “I knew Arizona was going to play well tonight and execute at high level.” Smith took responsibility for the loss and look to improve in all three phase of the game.
As always a bright light on this LA KISS team is Morgan who lead his team with three touchdowns in the game 92 yards. For the Rattlers a hometown hero from So Cal quarterback Nick Davila had 5 touchdowns and went 20-26 for 193 yards passing. His main target was big #1 Rod Windsor who pulled in 4 touchdowns to lead Rattlers.
The LA KISS fall to 1-1 on the season and will travel for their first road game of the season to face the Cleveland Gladiators (1-1). The Gladiators are coming off 41-29 victory over the Tampa Bay Storm. Let’s watch and see how this team hands this early adversity to start the season.