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article imageArena Football: LA KISS win opener on final play

By Larry Seely     Mar 16, 2014 in Sports
San Antonio - Gene Simmons has brought football back to Los Angeles as his LA Kiss won their first game in franchise history with a thrilling 41-38 victory over the San Antonio Talons on Saturday night.
This isn't the first AFL team in the City of Angels, but it will be the most entertaining, on and off the diminutive football field. Simmons and fellow band mate Paul Stanley have told anyone who will listen, entertainment and football are back and it's a game that should be enjoyed by people of every age group.
Kicker Kenny Spence connected on a 35-yard attempt on the games final play to give Los Angeles a 41-38 win on the road. Spencer made a 21-yard field goal just 43 seconds earlier to tie the game and give his team a chance for some last minute heroics.
LA KISS quarterback J.J. Raterink, playing in his fifth year in Arena Football, guided the first year team with his experience and leadership. The 32-year-old finished the game completing 17 of 34 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns, but the veteran added another three scores on the ground, giving his squad a lift when they needed it most.
Talons signal caller Mitch Mustain from USC made his first start in the league and played well, throwing for 256 yards and four touchdowns, but two interceptions and a three and out in the final :30 cost him and his team a win to open the 2014 AFL season.
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