Jacksonville, FL—The LA KISS (7-8) were unable to overcome injuries to three key players and fell to the Jacksonville Sharks by a score of 47-to-26 at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Quarterback Pete Thomas completed 33-of-53 pass attempts for 325 yards and five touchdowns. Donovan “Captain” Morgan, who tallied 13 receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown, led the LA KISS receiving corps. Justin Wilson recorded 11 receptions for 105 yards and two touchdowns.
For the Sharks, quarterback Tommy Grady threw four touchdowns and tossed zero interceptions, while completing 25-of-29 pass attempts for 180 yards. Joe Hills caught eight passes for 69 yards and found the end zone three times. London Crawford added nine receptions for 45 yards and three touchdowns. Derrick Ross rushed for 62 yards and three touchdowns on 13 attempts.
Jack linebacker Terrance Smith led the LA KISS defense with nine total tackles (seven solo) and one interception. Fredrick Obi added nine tackles. For Jacksonville, Greig Reed led the way with 16 tackles, while LaRoche Jackson added 11 more.
In the first quarter, each team found the end zone once. The LA KISS opened the scoring on a three-yard Thomas-to-Wilson touchdown and the LA KISS took a 7-0 lead with 9:43 left in the quarter. Less than two minutes later, Jacksonville countered when Robustelli caught an 18-yard touchdown from Grady. At the end of the quarter, the score was even at seven.
The Sharks struck first in the second quarter. Derrick Ross rumbled for a two-yard touchdown on the ground and, after a failed PAT, the Sharks led by six. After an LA KISS turnover on downs, Grady tossed a four-yard pass to Hills and the Sharks led 20-7. The LA KISS cut the deficit to six when Wilson hauled in a four-yard pass from Thomas. Jacksonville closed out the half with a four-yard touchdown from Grady to Hills to extend the lead back to 13 points. At halftime, the Sharks led 26-13.
After the LA KISS and the Sharks traded touchdowns in the third quarter, Jacksonville took a 13-point lead into the fourth quarter. In the third, Grady threw a six-yard touchdown to Hills and Thomas found Wilson for a seven-yard score.
On the first play from scrimmage in the fourth quarter, Ross scored on a two-yard rush. After the kick found the uprights, the Sharks led 40-20 with 14:57 remaining. Then Thomas scored on a six-yard quarterback keeper, which cut the lead to two scores. Although the LA KISS were unable to recover an onside kick, they regained possession after a Grady fumble. Unfortunately, the LA KISS could not get anything going on offense and turned the ball over on downs. Then the Sharks and LA KISS traded touchdowns. Ross scored a 13-yard rushing touchdown and Morgan caught a two-yard receiving touchdown. At the end of regulation, the Sharks defeated the LA KISS by a 46-to-32 margin.
Next week the LA KISS end the 2016 regular season in Portland when they face-off against the Steel (2-13) at the Moda Center on Monday, August 1st. Kickoff is set for 7:00 PM PST and the game will be available to be streamed live via WatchESPN/ESPN and on the ESPN App.
|1||Donovan Morgan||Wide receiver||0||0||0||13||117||1||0||15||0||0|
|15||Justin Wilson||Wide receiver||0||0||0||11||105||2||0||23||0||0|
|11||Fred Williams||Wide receiver||0||0||0||8||92||2||0||34||0||0|
|70||Colin Madison||Tight end||0||0||0||1||13||0||0||34||0||0|
|18||LaQuan Williams||Wide receiver||0||0||0||1||4||0||0||4||0||0|
|2||London Crawford||Wide receiver||0||0||0||9||45||0||0||8||0||0|
|81||Joe Hills||Wide receiver||0||0||0||8||69||3||0||14||0||0|
|11||Tiger Jones||Wide receiver||0||0||0||4||26||0||0||12||0||0|
|82||Andrew Robustelli||Wide receiver||0||0||0||3||31||1||0||18||0||0|
|3||David Hyland||Wide receiver||0||0||0||1||9||0||0||0||0||0|
Under Armour Offensive Player of the Game – Jacksonville FB Derrick Ross
Riddell Defensive Player of the Game – Jacksonville DB Greg Reid
J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Game – Jacksonville NG Jordan Miller
Cutters Catch of the Game – Jacksonville WR Joe Hills’ over-the-wall touchdown catch in the second quarter
AFL Highlight of the Game – Los Angeles’ QB Pete Thomas’ six-yard touchdown pass to Fred Williams under pressure in the fourth quarter