Los Angeles KISS fell short against the visiting Spokane Shock 64-46 in what was a rematch from earlier in the season. Nobody, was shocked that KISS lost this game. The last time these two teams meet at the Honda Center the fans needed tissue to stop the nose bleed.
The team, improved over the 70-21 loss that occured when the Shock played against the team on May 4th. But, this is a whole new team with four new players on the always revolving roster. It's been said numerous times that the team has no comradery because they are not together long enough to build trust in the ability of the player.
Erik Meyer threw for 214 yards and six touchdowns, with Nicheren Flowers recording 11 catches for 93 yards and a touchdown on the night for Spokane. Donovan Morgan led the KISS with 6 catches for 140 yards and three touchdowns in the loss. Brandon Thompkins also added 8 catches and a 56-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the 4th quarter.
LA KISS opened up the first quarter with a sack from a just acquired Michael Spicier who made an instant impact on the defensive side of the ball. However, within just minutes after kickoff, quarterback Erik Meyer connected on a 34-yard pass to Mike Washington giving the Shock an early lead. With just over 6 minutes remaining in the quarter, KISS finally was able to step up and quarterback Aaron Garcia threw to Thompkins to tie it up. Spokane not happy resting on the sideline or taking anything for granted, immediately responded on an 11-yard toss from Meyer to Rashaad Carter. The attempt to follow by Rowan is good bringing the score to 7-14 (4:45). A few plays later, Garcia passes to Morgan who has become a dual treat as he runs it down the field the 29-yards for the score and it could have been a tie game, but the kick was no good.
Coming out like it was the beginning of the game in the second quarter, Meyer connects to Carter on a 17-yard pass and the lead continues for the visiting Shock (21-13). Shortly after, Garcia's pass is intercepted by Terrance Sanders that is later fumbled by Carter and recovered by LA's JC Neal. it was a like a game of hot potato. Bryson Kelly sacks Garcia on the next play and a forced fumble recovered by Diyral Briggs gives the Shock the ball back again. Meyer with a quarterback keeper in for another Shock score, 28-13 (8:35). Spokane closes out the quarter with a final pass from Meyer to Nicheren Flowers, 35-13 at half.
A 2-point safety for the Shock came early in the third. (7:55) Meyer threw a 13-yard sideline pass to Flowers and then rushed it up the middle to the LA one-yard line. Leave it to lineman Rory Nixon to push it in for a Shock touchdown. LA responds with a 38-yard pass from Garcia to LJ Castille with a touchdown by Morgan to follow (2 pt conversion is good), 21-43 (4:23).
The fourth quarter proved to be explosive as the two teams exchanged touchdowns back and forth in a high-scoring battle. But it night have been exciting to see the back and fourth scoring drives. It was not enough to get KISS anywhere close to winning the game. But, it did help stop the bleeding and giving fans a look into the improvements that have been happening with the roster. Example being the performance of rookie back-up quarterback Kenny Guiton who threw for 21 yards in the fourth with touchdown passes to Castille and Morgan as well as a 9-yard touchdown run in the final minutes of the game. Guiton replaced Garcia who was knocked out of the game. Meyer also recorded touchdown passes to Carter and Truesdell with a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the fourth. But it was Brandon Thompkins who stole the show with a 56-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that gave KISS fans some much needed excitment and made a few of us in the press box rush to change our votes for highlight of the game.
Next week KISS is back at the Honda Center and will look to take on the San Jose SaberCats again on Sunday, July 6 in Week 17 of the 2014 Arena Football League season. Kickoff is scheduled for 5p.m.