Game 10 - Thunder at KISS; 6.7.15, 3 p.m. May 31, 2015 19:31:57 GMT -8
Post by DiamondThief on May 31, 2015 19:31:57 GMT -8
Portland Thunder at Los Angeles KISS
What: The KISS make their lone appearance of the season in So-Cal to face the KISS.
When: Sunday, June 7, 3 p.m. (PT).
Where: Honda Center; Anaheim, California.
Thunder Media: Radio - 750/102.9 The Game.
National Media: Stream - ESPN3.
This season: March 27 - Thunder 42, KISS 37. May 16 - Thunder 63, KISS 47.
Series History: The Thunder lead the series, 3-2.
Note: Of the five meetings between the teams, the home team has won each time.
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The Thunder are 3-6 overall, 0-4 on the road and 3-3 in conference play. They are coming off a 61-42 home loss to the San Jose Sabercats on May 30. They are averaging 45.8 points per game (9th in the AFL), allowing 54.7 points (10th), and are averaging 246.3 yards of total offense. The Thunder are second in the Pacific Division and fourth in the National Conference.
The KISS are 0-9 overall, 0-3 at home and 0-7 in conference play. They are coming off a 41-35 home loss to the Jacksonville Sharks on May 31. They are averaging 37.2 points per game (12th in the AFL), allowing 56.3 points (11th), and are averaging 283.2 yards of total offense. The KISS are third in the West Division and sixth in the National Conference.
Thunder WR/KR Duane Brooks (photo courtesy The Portland Tribune)
# - name (pos)
2 - Duane Brooks (WR/KR)
3 - Kyle Rowley (QB)
4 - Osagie Odiase (DB)
5 - V'Keon Lacey (WR)
6 - Jared Perry (WR)
7 - Marquis Jackson (DL)
8 - KC Obi (DL)
10 - Kevin Goessling (K)
14 - Maurice Williams (WR)
15 - Perez Ashford (WR)
16 - De'Mon Glanton (DB)
17 - Matt Pierce (DB)
18 - Alex Carder (QB)
20 - Bryce Peila (JLB)
21 - Dwight McLean (DB)
23 - Robert Hayes (MLB)
28 - Remond Willis (LB)
50 - Jeraill McCuller (OL)
52 - Frank Trotter (DL)
66 - Jake McDonough (OL/DL)
70 - John Martinez (OL)
73 - Sam Longo (OL)
75 - Jordan Mudge (OL)
79 - John Collins (OL)
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 1,665
Passing TDs - Kyle Rowley 30
Rushing Yards - John Martinez 36
Rushing TDs - John Martinez 5
Receptions - V'Keon Lacey 59
Receiving Yards - V'Keon Lacey 637
Receiving TDs - V'Keon Lacey 14
Tackles - Osagie Odiase 51
Sacks - Marquis Jackson 4.5
Interceptions - Bryce Peila 2
KO Return Ave - Duane Brooks 21.7
* not on active roster
LOS ANGELES KISS
KISS WR DeMarco Sampson (Photo courtesy Orange County Register)
# - name (pos)
1 - Donovan Morgan (WR)
2 - Darryl Cato-Bishop (DL)
3 - Antron Dillon (DL)
4 - DeMarco Sampson (WR)
5 - Adrian McPherson (QB)
6 - Josh Victorian (DB)
7 - Rayshun Kizer (DB)
8 - J.T. Gilmore (MLB)
9 - Jeffrey Solomon (WR)
11 - Tom Gilson (WR)
12 - Danny Southwick (QB)
13 - Austin Franklin (WR)
15 - Shaine Boyle (DB)
16 - Dajohn Harris (DE)
21 - John Koker (K)
22 - Ter'Ran Benton (DB)
34 - LaRon Scott (DB)
63 - Joe Madsen (C)
64 - Chad Anderson (OL)
72 - Anthony Parker (OL)
75 - Ed Ta'amu (OL)
90 - Logan Harrell (DE)
95 - Brenden Daley (MLB)
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 71
Receiving Yards - Donovan Morgan 1,050
Receiving TDs - Donovan Morgan 21
Tackles - *De'Audra Dix 31
Sacks - Darryl Cato-Bishop 1.5
Interceptions - six with 1
KO Return Ave. - LaRon Scott 21.7
* not on active roster
Portland is looking to build some sustainability after losing five of their last six. The good news for this one is that the lone win in that time came over the KISS. The Thunder can sweep the season series with a win here. Brooks has been a bright spot, having returned four kickoffs the past four weeks, including two in the loss to the Sabercats last week. Rowley started in place of Darron Thomas last week, but had miserable results. He threw for just 75 yards, a touchdown and a pair of interceptions. He was replaced late in the third quarter by recent trade acquisition Carder, who completed 5 of 8 passes for 89 yards, two touchdowns and a late interception. No single receiver has stepped up in Jamar Howard's absence, but Perry seemed to respond well to Carder. It has yet to be decided at this writing whether Rowley or Carder will get the start at quarterback for this game. Odiase registered a game-high 12 tackles against the Sabercats. Obi has 3 sacks in his last three games. The team signed defensive back Dwight McLean, who started 17 games for the Thunder last season.
What can you say about Los Angeles other than they are still looking for their first win. Dating back to last season, the KISS have lost 15 straight and one of their last 24 (their last win was a 69-61 decision over the Thunder on June 14, 2014). They nearly completed a comeback at home last week against Jacksonville, but were intercepted in the end zone on the final play of the game. Southwick has been thrown into the mix and has played well, but lacks a solid supporting cast. Southwick has gone 58 of 91 for 582 yards, 9 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Morgan is one of the better receivers in the league and has 71 catches for 1,050 yards and 21 touchdowns this season. He has 16 catches for 190 yards and 6 scores in the two previous games against the Thunder this season. Sampson caught 11 passes for 104 yards against the Sharks last week and could emerge as a secondary target. Kizer had 9 tackles, and Scott added 8 tackles and a forced fumble against the Sharks. Scott also returned 4 kickoffs for a 31.0 average against the Sharks.
Is head coach Mike Hohensee losing control of the team:
“You practice all week and you just got to go out and execute it. As soon as people started doing their own thing, the kind of results we had (in the loss to the Sabercats), happened ... At this time when you're trying to win games, you're trying to build trust in players. Who can you trust to be in there in these times. We're going to go down to L.A.; on the road, again. We haven't won a game on the road. We're going to go down there with a bunch of guys. After a loss like this, who can you trust. Who are the guys who are just going to do what you ask them to do?”
New Thunder QB Alex Carder, working on just one day practice with the team after being traded to Portland by the Jacksonville Sharks, entered last week's game against the Sabercats late in the third quarter. He connected on his first two passes, including a 39 yard touchdown strike to Jared Perry on his second throw. The only blemish on his performance was an interception in the end zone with the Thunder down by 18 with 5:29 when the team was looking for a quick score. He finished the game 5 of 8 for 89 yards, 2 touchdowns and the pick. Carder's play suggested that he could be named the starter in this game over veteran Kyle Rowley. Our own bsquared asks that very question on his site, Wrong Way Sports. Below are Carder's comments after the game.
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