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Arizona Rattlers too much for LA KISS, Fall 83-47

Donovan Morgan against Portland Thunder
Donovan Morgan against Portland Thunder
courtesy of LA KISS Football

Los Angeles KISS may have a few new weapons on both sides of the ball and currently, a dream of become the first team to defeat the Arizona Rattlers (14-0) in 335 days, the LA KISS (3-10) came up just a little short in the desert Saturday evening, falling to the Rattlers 83-47.

Nick Davila threw for 373 yards and eight touchdowns, with Rod Windsor hauling in five of those scoring tosses, to help Arizona reach an all-time AFL-best 14-0 start. Donovan Morgan has been a bright star for this team all season and Saturday was no different as he led the KISS with 11 catches for 133 yards and three touchdowns in the loss.

KISS kicked off the scoring with a touchdown pass from Aaron Garcia to Samora Goodson for the early lead. If I am not mistaken, they did that the last time these two teams played each other at the Honda Center a few weeks ago. But Arizona bounced right back with Windsor’s first touchdown catch of the evening to knot up the score at 7-7. Kenny Guiton, responded on 3rd and goal from the 1-yard line, finding Morgan in the back of the end zone for a 14-7 KISS lead.

The Rattlers offense then woke up and became nearly unstoppable from that point on, as Davila and Tysson Poots connected on two consecutive scoring passes to give Arizona a 21-14 advantage. LA pulled within a point after a 27-yard Garcia missile of a bass to you guessed it Morgan in the end zone. However, Arizona answered immediately with a scoring strike to Maurice Purifoy for a 28-20 lead.

That was the last time that this game looked anything close to competitive. Because later on the Rattlers got two more touchdown receptions by Windsor, the last coming in the final seconds of the half, gave Arizona a comfortable 42-20 lead heading into the locker room.

Arizona continued to demolish the visiting KISS all over in the second half, scoring on an Alex Singleton rushing touchdown on its first series after the break. The KISS broke the 28-0 run with another touchdown catch by Morgan to cut the deficit to 49-27, but the red-hot Davila hooked up with Windsor on touchdown passes of 43 and 45 yards, respectively, to increase the gap to 62-27. Although Brandon Thompkins and Raymond Radway combined for three late scores, Arizona managed the 83-47 victory.

KISS, will return home to the Honda Center for the first of two straight home games. Saturday, Spokane Shock returns to Los Angeles to battle the KISS and kickoff is set at 7pm.

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