ANAHEIM - The expansion Los Angeles KISS broke an 8-game losing skid defeating the Portland Thunder, 69-61, Saturday night in front of some 11,000 fans at Honda Center.
The KISS’ last win came at home against this same Portland Thunder team, 44-34, way back on April 5th.
Quite a different team back then for Los Angeles.
Gone is ineffective QB J.J. Raderink who was dealt for 18-year AFL veteran Aaron Garcia.
Getting his first win in a KISS uniform, Garcia completed 27 of 34 passes for 289 yards and five touchdowns.
Los Angeles (3-9) jumped out to an early 14-0 first quarter lead and never looked back.
The opening drive was capped by a five yard scoring pass from Garcia to Donovan Morgan – who made a leaping one handed grab in the stands - making it 7-0 KISS two-and-a-half minutes in.
Morgan’s grab was the Catch and Hi-lite of the Game. He finished with eight catches for 63 yards and three touchdowns.
On the ensuing Thunder (3-10) possession Portland quarterback Kyle Rowley fumbled on his own five yard line. L.A.’s Matt Estrada pounced on the pig and dove into the end zone for the 14-0 KISS lead.
KISS receiver Samora Gibson was named Playmaker of the Game as well as Offensive player of the Game with 11 grabs for 171 yards and two touchdowns.
L.A. linebacker Beau Bell was named defensive player of the game registering three solo tackles and one sack.
The KISS hit the road to take on the defending Arena Bowl Champion Arizona Rattlers Saturday night in the Valley of the Sun.
In their first meeting Arizona handed the KISS a 70-25 home loss two weeks ago at Honda Center.