February 24, 2020
LOS ANGELES WILDCATS 39, DC DEFENDERS 9
After losing their first two XFL games, the Los Angeles Wildcats (1-2) came into Week 3 searching for an identity on both sides of the ball.
They found it on offense with the help of “Mr. Excitement”: running back Martez Carter. Pressed into duty due to Elijah Hood being inactive, the quick carrier scored three touchdowns — with several backflips included — and compiled 75 offensive yards during the 39-9 victory over the DC Defenders (2-1) in Week 3.
LA marked its first win during its second straight outing with Josh Johnson at quarterback — he went 18-for-25 with 278 yards, three touchdowns, and a sterling 148 rating — and head coach Winston Moss calling the defensive plays.
DC mustered just 90 net passing yards and went 2-for-13 on third downs. The Wildcats’ defense recorded five takeaways, including four interceptions of Defenders quarterback Cardale Jones.
DALLAS RENEGADES 24, SEATTLE DRAGONS 12
An unanswered 18-point run lifted the visiting Dallas Renegades (2-1) to a 24-12 win over the Seattle Dragons (1-2) at CenturyLink Field on Saturday, pushing Dallas into sole possession of second place in the West.
Dallas quarterback Landry Jones (30-for-41, 274 yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions) hit TE Donald Parham for two touchdowns (from 10 and 65 yards out, respectively), but the Renegades truly put the game away by leaning on the run after halftime for the second straight week. Cameron Artis-Payne wound up with 80 rushing yards and 30 receiving yards in another commanding performance.
Dragons quarterback Brandon Silvers looked efficient with two first-half TD tosses but was stymied by the Renegades starting in the third quarter, and while Seattle’s run game again was strong (99 yards), it failed to sustain late drives.
HOUSTON ROUGHNECKS 34, TAMPA BAY VIPERS 27
The Tampa Bay Vipers’ (0-3) first XFL home game featured a reinvigorated offense with success from their quarterback tandem, but it wasn’t enough to stop the potent Houston Roughnecks (3-0) from powering to a 34-27 win.
Cam Phillips caught three touchdowns from P.J. Walker for the second straight week and piled up 194 receiving yards, the best single-game mark in the league so far, on eight catches (10 targets).
Tampa Bay handed over most play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Jaime Elizondo, and it paid off as the Vipers were rolling in the first half with two successful red-zone trips. However, a quieter second half — and an interception thrown in the final minute — prevented them from nabbing their first victory.
ST. LOUIS BATTLEHAWKS 29, NEW YORK GUARDIANS 9
With the support of a wild crowd for the XFL debut at The Dome at America’s Center, the St. Louis BattleHawks (2-1) controlled their 26-9 victory Sunday over the New York Guardians (1-2).
St. Louis never trailed in Week 3 and sustained their drives thanks to an effective 1-2 run tandem of Matt Jones (95 yards, one touchdown) and Christine Michael (44 yards, one TD).
A lateraled kickoff return also went for a BattleHawks touchdown thanks to Joe Powell‘s finish, and a jaw-dropping 58-yard field goal from Taylor Russolino provided plenty of moments to mark in pro football’s return to The Lou.
The Guardians, meanwhile, failed to get anything going on offense with erratic quarterback play. Matt McGloin battled ineffectiveness and injury. Marquise Williams moved downfield at times but couldn’t convert. Third-stringer Luis Perez got a late audition and threw a touchdown, but by then, New York was far from contending.