Game 7 - KISS at Thunder, 5.16.15, 7 p.m. May 10, 2015 14:00:58 GMT -8
Post by DiamondThief on May 10, 2015 14:00:58 GMT -8
Los Angeles KISS at Portland Thunder
What: The KISS make their second and final appearance of the season in the Rose City.
When: Saturday, May 16, 7 p.m. (PT).
Where: Mode Center at the Rose Quarter.
Thunder Media: TV - CSNNW. Radio - 750/102.9 The Game.
National Media: Stream - ESPN3.
Schedule: June 7 - Thunder at KISS.
This season: March 27 - Thunder 42, KISS 37.
Series History: The series between these teams is tied, 2-2.
Note: Of the four meetings between the teams, the home team has won each time.
Event: This game is Military Appreciation Night and Tackle Cancer Night for the Thunder.
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Arena Football League Schedule and Results 2015
Portland Thunder Schedule 2015
Portland Thunder Season Preview
The KISS are 0-7 overall, 0-5 at home and 0-5 in conference play. They are coming off a 68-46 road loss to the Spokane Shock on May 8 on April 26. They are averaging 36.1 points per game (12th in the AFL), allowing 57.6 points (12th), and are averaging 278.6 yards of total offense. The KISS are first in the East Division and first in the American Conference.
The Thunder are 3-3 overall, 2-1 at home and 2-2 in conference play. They are coming off a 52-35 road loss to the Philadelphia Soul on May 2. They are averaging 44.0 points per game (10th in the AFL), allowing 52.5 points (8th), and are averaging 251.7 yards of total offense. The Thunder are second in the Pacific Division and fourth in the National Conference.
LOS ANGELES KISS
KISS WR Donovan Morgan (Photo courtesy Orange County Register)
# - name (pos)
1 - Donovan Morgan (WR)
2 - Darryl Cato-Biship (DL)
3 - Antron Dillon (DL)
6 - Thyron Lewis (WR)
9 - Jeffrey Solomon (WR)
11 - Tom Gilson (WR)
12 - Danny Southwick (QB)
13 - Austin Franklin (WR)
14 - Joe Clancy (QB)
15 - Shaine Boyle (DB)
19 - Kenny Spencer (K)
21 - De'Audra Dix (DB)
22 - Ter'Ran Benton (DB)
23 - Anthony Goodwin (DB)
28 - J.T. Gilmore (MLB)
34 - LaRon Scott (DB)
44 - Sam Campbell (FB)
52 - Dominic Pittman (DL)
63 - Joe Madsen (C)
64 - Chad Anderson (OL)
71 - Shannon Tevaga (OL)
72 - Anthony Parker (OL)
90 - Michael Janac (DE)
95 - Skyler Skersick (DE)
Bob McMillen - Head Coach
Walt Housman - Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator
Matthew Sauk - Offensive Coordinator
Grady Tucker Jr. - Defensive Line Coach/Director of Scouting
Russell Shaw - Wide Receivers Coach
Passing Yards - *Adrian McPherson 849
Passing TDs - *Adrian McPherson 13
Rushing Yards - *Adrian McPherson 122
Rushing TDs - *Adrian McPherson 8
Receptions - Donovan Morgan 40
Receiving Yards - Donovan Morgan 654
Receiving TDs - Donovan Morgan 13
Tackles - De'Audra Dix 24
Sacks - Darryl Cato-Bishop 1.5
Interceptions - three with 3
KO Return Ave. - *Marcus Trice 20.0
* not on active roster
Thunder QB Darron Thomas (photo courtesy Portland Tribune)
# - name (pos)
1 - Darron Thomas (QB)
2 - Jared Perry (WR)
3 - Kyle Rowley (QB)
4 - Osagie Odiase (DB)
5 - V'Keon Lacey (WR)
6 - Okechukwu Okoroha (DB)
7 - Marquis Jackson (DL)
8 - KC Obi (DL)
9 - Duane Brooks (WR)
10 - Kevin Goessling (K)
11 - Dexter Davis (JLB)
15 - Perez Ashford (WR)
16 - De'Mon Glanton (DB)
20 - Bryce Peila (DB)
28 - Remond Willis (LB)
50 - Jeraill McCuller (OL)
52 - Frank Trotter (DL)
66 - Jake McDonough (OL/DL)
70 - John Martinez (OL)
75 - Jordan Mudge (OL)
79 - John Collins (OL)
91 - Sione Tuihalamaka (DE)
Mike Hohensee - Head Coach
Ernesto Purnsley - Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator
Lee Johnson - Special Teams Coordinator/Assistant Defensive Coordinator
Will Harrell - Offensive/Defensive Line Coach
Passing Yards - Kyle Rowley 1,408
Passing TDs - Kyle Rowley 26
Rushing Yards - John Martinez 27
Rushing TDs - John Martinez 4
Receptions - *Jamar Howard 45
Receiving Yards - *Jamar Howard 610
Receiving TDs - *Jamar Howard 13
Tackles - Osagie Odiase 27
Sacks - Marquis Jackson 4
Interceptions - Bryce Peila 2
KO Return Ave. - Duane Brooks 19.6
* not on active roster
Los Angeles is a mess. They have yet to win a game this season and have already lost twice to the expansion Las Vegas Outlaws. Head coach Bob McMillen is seemingly on the hotseat and it seems as though he could be fired any given week (and possibly be replaced by director of player personnel and former Thunder head coach Matthew Sauk). The good news is that including this game, the KISS will have played six of their first eight games on the road. Six of the next seven come in their home venue, the Honda Center in Anaheim. The KISS were ineffective on offense with Adrian McPherson at the helm, and Matt Bassuener went down to injury last week. They could turn to Clancy, who completed just 5 of 19 passes for 62 yards last week, or to former Thunder QB Southwick, whom they acquired via trade from the Spokane Shock on May 12. Morgan could a receiving threat with anyone at quarterback. He is coming off an 177-yard, 3-touchdown performance against the Shock. Dix is the standout on defense, and leads the team in tackles with 25.5. Morgan became the 14th player in AFL history to reach 10,000 career receiving yards during the loss to the Shock.
Portland has had a tough go of it over the past three games, having lost three straight on the road; two of those to teams who remain undefeated (San Jose Sabercats and Philadelphia Soul). The Thunder have not scored more than 48 points in a game through the first third of their season, and hit a season-low with 35 points against the Soul. That won't get it done in the Arena Football League where winning scores are routinely in the 50s or 60s. The Thunder also will have to cut down on penalties on either side of the ball if they expect to win games. Head coach Mike Hohensee has indicated he will give the start at QB to second-year man Thomas. The former Oregon signal caller would be starting his fourth game with the Thunder (he was 0-3 last year) and provides some mobility. His last start came in last season's season finale against the Spokane Shock. Whether he could take over the job from Rowley long-term remains to be seen. The receiving corps of Ashford, Brooks, Lacey and Perry could be solid, but no one has stepped up in Jamar Howard's absence. Odiase has 16 tackles in the least two games and has turned into a solid defender for the Thunder.
Thunder head coach Mike Hohensee: “We’ve gone through the rough part of our schedule. We have to come back with a sense of urgency, understanding that everyone is accountable for these performances.”
With Jamar Howard sidelined for 5-6 weeks with a knee injury, the Thunder need one or two receivers to step up. Here is the season breakdown of the four wide receivers on the Thunder roster.
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