The LA KISS Arena Football Team debuted their unique spectacle of Rock ‘n Roll, fireworks and pyrotechnics, numerous dance troupes, BMX bikers, flashy uniforms and football in their April 7 home opener.
The National Anthem was played on electric guitar, bikini-clad dancers were suspended in cages above the field, players (WR Donovan Morgan and DB Andre Jones) were lowered from the Honda Center ceiling, and the heavy-metal band Steel Panther performed during a laser show.
Defensive back Romeo Pellum picked off a pass and returned it 41 yards for a TD for the first score of the game and a 7-0 lead over the Portland Thunder. Morgan caught four TD passes. Middle linebacker Beau Bell set a league record of six sacks. The KISS won 44-34.
Team owners Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley from the legendary band KISS are behind the unique marketing mix that seeks to bring high entertainment value to the Arena Football League.
Beneath all the hype and spectacle are solid football players, many from quality football programs like Oregon, Nebraska, Penn State, West Virginia. Among them is a local star – quarterback Tyler Hansen from Chaparral High School.
Hansen was a three-year varsity letterman and two-year team captain as a Puma, All-CIF, All-Valley, and the Southwestern League Player of the Year. He earned the Riverside County Sportsmanship Award and Chaparral’s Athlete of the Year.
In his senior year Hansen completed 63% of his passes for 1,652 yards and ten touchdowns; he also rushed for 570 yards and nine touchdowns. He also lettered twice in baseball and once in track.
Hansen played four years at the University of Colorado where he finished fourth on the all time career lists for passing yards (5,705), third in pass completions (505), third in passing attempts (872), fourth in TD passes (35), fourth in total offense (6,183). He started 21 games for the Buffalos.
In his senior year, he set or tied eleven UC offensive records. His top game came in a 36-33 overtime loss to Cal. Hansen completed 28-of-49 passes for 474 yards and three TD’s.
Hansen is the current back-up QB for the LA KISS.
The KISS won their opener 41-38 over the San Antonio Talons, but lost 69-63 to the Orland Predators.
On April 12, they fell just short, losing 40-30 to the undefeated Cleveland Gladiators, despite a three-TD performance from Morgan and a 4-TD, 259-yard total by QB JJ Raterink.
The LA KISS are on the road next Saturday, April 19 to take on the Iowa Barnstormers; game time is 5 pm (PST). Single game tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster.com or the Honda Center box office.
For more information, visit LAKISSFootball.com or call 714-462-KISS.