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Thunder Notes

The plan is for quarterback Nathan Enderle to get his first start and for ex-Oregon Duck star Darron Thomas to come off the bench when the Portland Thunder visit the Los Angeles KISS at 7 p.m. Saturday at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

“I’d like to see Nathan start this week and see what he can do, and give him a fair opportunity,” Thunder coach Matthew Sauk says.

Both Portland QBs have been spotty as Arena Football League rookies, and the expansion Thunder are 0-2 after losing at home to San Jose 64-34 and to Iowa 40-36 last week.

“Nathan played better in our first game; Darron played better in our last game,” Sauk says. “I’d just like to see more consistency, and cut down on our turnovers. In this (arena) game, the guy who doesn’t throw an interception ends up being a starter.”

Enderle, a 6-4, 215-pounder from the Idaho Vandals, has completed 16 of 34 passes for 195 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions.

Thomas, 6-3, 215, has connected on 30 of 58 for 260 yards with four TDs and three picks.

Sauk says he would like to see Thomas use his mobility more than he did in the first two games.

“He’s concentrating so much on being a throwing QB in the pocket, but I’d like to see him scramble a bit more,” the coach says.

Sauk points to Spokane Shock QB Erik Meyer, who last year passed for 4,667 yards and 112 touchdowns, with only 11 interceptions, in 18 regular-season games.

“Meyer moves very well in the pocket to create space to throw,” Sauk says.

• The KISS, also a first-year AFL club, are owned in part by KISS rockers Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. The KISS are 1-1 going into their home debut, “and they probably should be 2-0,” Sauk says, noting that L.A. led the Orlando Predators 56-40 after three quarters before losing their opener 69-63 in overtime in Florida.

Steel Panther, another band, will play at halftime Saturday on the team’s silver field.

“I’m sure the KISS will be doing crazy stuff, and there’ll be loud music. It’ll be interesting to see what our concentration level is,” Sauk says.