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This past Sunday nothing worked out for LA KISS in a game that was nationally televised on ESPN2, LA KISS (2-5) got obliterate by the Spokane Shock (5-2) 70-21 at home at Honda Center. Turnovers proved costly for KISS, as the team was unable to overcome seven in total, including two balls that hit off the bar on kickoffs and gave the Shock the ball inside the KISS five yard line.

After a slow start KISS found some momentum with back-to-back touchdowns, the second coming on a spectacular missed-FG return by KISS DB AJ Cruz who dodged multiple tackles to take the ball the length of the field to bring the score to 28-14 in favor of the Shock. Cruz finished the game with seven returns in all for a total of 215 yards. However two quick touchdowns, separated by another KISS interception by the Shock to end the half left KISS down 42-14 going into the locker room.

KISS came out fighting in the second half and a quick touchdown from QB J.J. Raterink to WR Donovan Morgan brought the score to 42-21. That was as close as KISS would come however, as the Shock ended the game with four straight touchdowns to leave the final score at 70-21.

Dexter McCoil led KISS on defense with a team-leading six tackles, while Beau Bell added to his league-leading sack total with a vicious sack on Shock QB Erik Meyer to bring his total to 10 sacks. Meyer suffered a collarbone injury on the play and would not return to the game. He was replaced by Shock WR Rashaad Carter who finished the game 4-7 passing for 73 yards and two touchdowns, to go along with 12 rushes for 47 yards and four touchdowns.

KISS has holes on both sides of the ball and it seems, that the team can't work together or does not click well enough to be a succesfull football team. Head Coach Bob McMillen, was not happy in the post media briefing. He discussed everything that needed to change and pretty much made a call out to football players who had tape to get in contact with him.

On offense, KISS was led by Cruz and WR Morgan who finished with five catches for 56 yards and one touchdown. QB Raterink finished the game 9-30 passing for 101 yards and two touchdowns, to go along with three interceptions. LA KISS looks to get back on the winning track next Saturday, May 10 against the Cleveland Gladiators. The Gladiators beat KISS the first time around with the score of 40-30.

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