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XFL 2020 Results: BattleHawks Cruise; Cardale Jones, Defenders Routed in Week 3

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xfl07The XFL wrapped up its third week on Sunday, with nearly a third of the regular season now in the books.

The DC Defenders looked to join the Houston Roughnecks as the only unbeaten teams left standing, while the Los Angeles Wildcats were hopeful of capturing their first victory.

The Defenders and Wildcats faced off in the second of Sunday's two games, with the New York Guardians and St. Louis BattleHawks opening play.

Here's a look at how Sunday unfolded.

XFL Week 3 Scores

Houston Roughnecks 34, Tampa Bay Vipers 27

Dallas Renegades 24, Seattle Dragons 12

St. Louis BattleHawks 29, New York Guardians 9

Los Angeles Wildcats 39, DC Defenders 9


XFL Week 3 Recap—Sunday

St. Louis BattleHawks 29, New York Guardians 9

Last week, Guardians quarterback Matt McGloin vented his frustration during an interview with ESPN's Dianna Russini. Those comments made it back to head coach Kevin Gilbride, creating the kind of dynamic fans don't witness in the middle of NFL games.

Unfortunately for New York, things didn't get any better. The BattleHawks rolled over the Guardians 29-9.

Special teams was a big factor in the outcome, as New York out-gained St. Louis 307-273.

A Matthew McCrane field goal got the Guardians on the board and made it a 6-3 game in the second quarter. On the ensuing kickoff, the BattleHawks dipped into their trick plays and ran a reverse for safety Joe Powell.

Later in the quarter, Carlton Agudosi helped set up Matt Jones' one-yard touchdown run when he blocked Justin Vogel's punt. Shaq Jones picked up the ball and returned it to New York's 17-yard line to give the offense a short field.

 

The BattleHawks were up 23-3 at halftime, which left little work for them to do in the second half.

Jones helped St. Louis set the tone when it had the ball. The former Washington Redskins running back finished with 95 yards and one score on 15 carries.

On the other side, McGloin followed up his poor Week 2 showing with a more efficient—albeit similarly ineffective—performance Sunday. He finished 8-of-11 for 73 yards and an interception.

Backup quarterback Marquise Williams wasn't much better (7-of-15 for 94 yards), but few will be surprised if he's leading the offense in Week 4.

Los Angeles Wildcats 39, DC Defenders 9

Cardale Jones was one of the XFL's standout performers through two weeks, but the former Ohio State star had a game to forget Sunday. The Wildcats defense intercepted him four times as he threw for 103 yards on 13-of-26 passing.

Tyree Jackson finished the game under center for DC, which gained 290 total yards.

The Wildcats fired defensive coordinator Pepper Johnson after just one game, a 37-17 loss to the Houston Roughnecks. The move didn't pay immediate dividends, as Los Angeles allowed 444 yards in a 25-18 Week 2 defeat to the Dallas Renegades.

Now, the team might have turned a corner after dominating on both sides of the ball.

The Defenders offense couldn't move the ball, and Josh Johnson torched their defense through the air.

Johnson set the tone by hitting Tre McBride for a 40-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive.

Johnson ended the day with 278 passing yards and three scores. McBride was his favorite target, catching five passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns.

This was a statement game from the Wildcats. They were sluggish out of the gate but appear to have found their footing under head coach Winston Moss. And they have the slumping Guardians on the schedule in Week 4.

 

 

 

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