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KISS Fall Short in Last Seconds Nail Biter, 72-65

J.J. Raterink
J.J. Raterink
courtesy of LA KISS Football

The 2014 season ended Saturday night for the Los Angeles KISS (3-14) as they fell just a little short to the San Antonio Talons (2-15) in a game that will be remembered for the last 25 seconds of the game.

San Antonio was not taking any prisoners as before you could finish your first hot dog, they had taken a 14-0 early lead in the first quarter, Bassuener connected with Quiroga on a 21-yard pass, kick is good by Lindholm. The following kickoff was then recovered by Talon's top defensive back, Kelvin Rodgers for a touchdown. Brent Holmes would later rush the ball for 4-yards, kick is good (21-0) Talons. With just 45 seconds left in the first, PJ Berry pushed in one final touchdown, putting the score at 28-0 going into the second quarter.

Los Angeles, was not able to get anything going in the first quarter and did not strike back at a San Antonio team until the beginning of the second quarter. Raterink tossed a 24-yard long ball to Donovan Morgan who walked it in for the touchdown. But San Antonio was quick on its feet to respond. Bassuener threw for 33-yards to Holmes, 35-7 . Both teams went back and forth on touchdowns for the remainder of the quarter. Raterink connected two more times with Morgan and Andres Vargas launched himself into the end zone for a touchdown. Bassuener completed passes to both Holmes and Solomon and Lindholm added a 27-yard field goal, 44-28 San Antonio lead at half.

Los Angeles opened up the second half on a 39-yard pass from Raterink to Guiton (failed 2-pt conversion). At the 6 minute mark Raterink ran the ball in from the Los Angeles 1-yard line, kick is good closing the gap on the San Antonio' lead to 41-44 (6:04). With 34 seconds left in the third, Bassuener connected with Holmes, kick is good (41-51).

The fourth quarter proved to again be a back and forth battle between Los Angeles and San Antonio. Raterink ran the ball in for a touchdown and later had another completed pass to Morgan. Bassuener connected with Solomon for a touchdown and Berry also added a touchdown. With the clock reading 29 seconds, Rodgers intercepted the ball and ran it back for a touchdown, 55-65 San Antonio. This was the time of the game, where everyone in the arena was on there feet and looking up at a ticking clock. This, could be the biggest come from behind for Los Angeles ever.

Raterink then threw a 45-yard pass to Brandon Tompkins for a touchdown followed by a 2-pt conversion by Morgan to tie it up 65-65. The Honda Center, was on fire and people could not believe what was happening and that Los Angeles could actually win the game and be that much closer to making a playoff run. But that dream ended in a big bang as San Antonio sealed the deal on a 34-yard touchdown pass to Berry in the final seconds of the game and the buzzer sounded and the dream was dead. Final score San Antonio 72 Los Angeles 65