The LA KISS (3-15) put up a valiant effort in the final game of their inaugural season, but eight consecutive scoring drives by the Jacksonville Sharks (7-11) made the difference on Saturday night, as the Sharks earned a 53-36 victory.
Fullback Sam Campbell rushed for two touchdowns, while quarterback J.J. Raterink threw for a pair of scores to lead the KISS. However, Sharks Quarterback R.J. Archer proved to be an insurmountable force, finishing with 318 yards and six touchdowns passing.
A 24-yard touchdown pass from Archer to Jared McGriff-Culver kicked off the scoring, giving Jacksonville the early 6-0 lead. The KISS would bounce back at the end of the first quarter when Campbell scampered into the end zone from one yard out to give LA a 7-6 advantage.
After a slow first quarter, a frenzy of scoring filled the second stanza, as Jacksonville and Los Angeles alternated scoring drives. Kenny Spencer nailed a 33-yard field goal to put LA up 10-7 before Archer hooked up with Jeff Hughley on a four-yard touchdown pass to help the Sharks regain the lead. After J.J. Raterink found Brandon Thompson from nine yards out, McGriff-Culver rushed into the end zone to give the Sharks a 20-17 edge. The KISS would score again on an onside kick return by Ayo Idowu on the ensuing kickoff, but another McGriff-Culver rushing touchdown provided Jacksonville with a 26-24 lead heading into halftime.
Taking advantage of a KISS turnover on downs to begin the second half, Archer connected with Jomo Wilson on a short touchdown pass to extend the Jacksonville lead to 32-24. LA refused to go away, responding with a long touchdown drive that culminated with Campbell’s second rushing touchdown of the evening to cut the deficit to 32-30 at the end of the third quarter.
The Sharks started the final quarter with a bang, as Archer found Jeron Harvey and Wilson for two long touchdown passes to put Jacksonville in control, 46-30. Raterink attempted to lead the comeback, finding Donovan Morgan in the end zone on fourth and goal on the following possession, but one final score by Harvey closed the game with the Sharks on top, 53-36.
Tonight’s game completes the inaugural 2014 campaign for the LA KISS, but be sure to tune in to AMC on August 12 at 6 PM PST for the premier of “4th and Loud” to see behind-the-scenes footage of the season.