By Tim Peterson
(Anaheim) – The LA KISS was outscored 34-7 in the second half and went on to get buried by Arizona 69-28 Saturday night before 6,427 at the Honda Center.
The KISS was down 35-21 at the half and had the ball first to start the third quarter. But that possession ended when KISS quarterback Nathan Stanley was intercepted by Arkeith Brown in the endzone. The Rattlers immediately cashed in when Nick Davila connected with Rod Windsor for a 19-yard TD strike to go up 41-21 and the KISS could never recover.
The KISS did manage one more score when Stanley found Brandon Collins for an eight-yard score to cut the lead to 13 points. But that was the last time the KISS score as the Rattlers reeled off the next 28 points.
Arizona jumped out to a 21-7 lead after one. Davila found Windsor for a four-yard score and Kerry Reed for one. The other score came on a four-yard run by Mykel Benson.
Donovan “Captain” Morgan caught an eight-yard TD pass from Stanley in the first quarter and a 28-yard strike in the second quarter. He also ran in a three-yard score in the second quarter. Arizona’s Chase Deadder also caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Davila for the Rattlers in the second quarter.
Morgan ended up with six catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns in addition to the rushing touchdown.
Stanley was 21-44 for 262 yards and three touchdowns for LA but was hurt by three interceptions. All three picks came in the second half (two by Allen Chapman) as the Rattlers went on their 34-7 run.
Windsor was the go to guy for Arizona with 13 receptions for 151 yards and four scores. Anthony Amos caught three balls for 49 yards and also returned a kick off for a touchdown.
Rattler QB Davila finished an efficient 20 of 26 for 193 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. Benson had nine carries for 36 yards and 3 TDs.
“Without a doubt we took a thorough butt kicking tonight. Arizona has been one of the best teams in this league for a long time and they dominated us tonight,” said KISS head coach Omarr Smith. “The things we talked about coming into this game we didn’t get done. We didn’t stop them, we didn’t protect the quarterback, we didn’t protect the ball, and that’s why we ended up losing the game.”
The KISS, who won their opener last week over Jacksonville, fell to 1-1 while Arizona improved to 2-0.