The LA KISS (2-6) had quite a battle on the gridiron this past Saturday. They took on the Cleveland Gladiators (7-0) for the second time this season, and got very close to dethrone the undefeated team. But they may have come close, but it was no cigar as the final score was 42-45 and KISS closes 5th game in a row.
The first quarter began with an early touchdown by Cleveland's Domini Goodman on an 8-yard pass from Shane Austin. Aaron Pettrey completed the kick taking an early lead. Shortly after was a 52-yard field goal return by Gladiators' Dominic Jones, but was followed with a failed kick attempt by Pettrey. The KISS fought back with a 10-yard completion to Donovan Morgan from J.J. Raterink followed by a completed kick from Kenny Spencer.
The second quarter proved to be yet another battle for the LA KISS, Cleveland started off the quarter with a 20-yard pass to Tyrone Collins, followed with a completed kick from Pettrey. Later in the half, the Gladiators continued to put points on the board with a completed pass from Austin to Thyron Lewis. To finish up the half, KISS QB Raterink had a 12-yard pass to A.J. CRUZ making it 14-27, Gladiators lead at the half.
The KISS came out firing in the second half with a 12-yard interception return by defensive powerhouse Beau Bell. Spencer's kick was good just to follow. Later in the quarter the Gladiators fired back with a 14-yard pass from Austin to Lewis and a 2-point conversion by Chris Dieker, making it 21-35 Cleveland with 8:45 left in the third. KISS responded when Raterink rushed the end zone for a touchdown followed by a completed kick by Spencer, 28-35 Gladiators still lead. Cleveland continued to maintain the lead with a 14-yard pass from Austin to Goodman making it 28-42 with 1:33 left in the third.
The fourth quarter started off promising for the KISS when Raterink had a 24-yard completed pass to Maurice Williams followed by a completed kick by Spencer making it 35-42 Gladiators with 11:05 left in the game. KISS were able to tie it up with 8:10 left in the game after a 22-yard interception by Matt Estrada and a completed kick by Spencer leaving it 42-42. In a fight to the end, Cleveland sealed the deal with a final 16-yard field goal by Pettrey to make the final score 42-45 Cleveland.
Next week, Los Angeles is on the road again and will face the Pittsburgh Power on May 17 in Week 10 of the 2014 AFL Season. KISS, returns home the following week to take on the undefeated Arizona Rattlers, who are sitting as the number 1 ranked team in the National Conference West.