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Battlehawks Week One Players of the Game

What a game right? After compiling only 61 yards throughout the first three quarters the Battlehawks pulled a rabbit out of their hat, scoring 16 points in the final 1 Minute and 25 seconds of the game. After a heroic performance from the Battlehawks Defense and some last second veteran magic by Quarterback AJ McCarron, the Battlehawks came out on top for their first win of the season against the San Antonio Brahmas, going into Week Two.

Battlehawks Stars of the Game

AJ McCarron

What a performance by the crafty veteran. After an anemic performance for three quarters, running for his life behind his offensive McCarron led the Battlehawks to 173 total yards, going 11/14 with 133 Passing Yards and two touchdowns in the 4th Quarter. McCarron finished the game going 18/27 for 190 Passing Yards while adding 12 on the ground, he also did not turn the ball over at all. The XFL News Hub #3 Ranked Quarterback during our Pre-season rankings, McCarron’s veteran poise and leadership solidified himself as one of the XFL’s top passers moving into Week Two.

Austin Proehl

Proehl an NFL Vet, and the first player to score a touchdown in 2020 for the Seattle “Dragons”, showed up when it mattered most. After a slow start along with the rest of the Offense, Proehl made two huge receptions with the game on the line. On the Battlehawks 4th and 15 (The XFL’s Replacement for Onside Kicks) McCarron found Proehl, for 22 yards to keep the Battlehawks hopes alive marching down the field in the final minute of the 4th quarter. Proehl also caught the game winning touchdown, from McCarron sharing a special moment with his father Ricky, who is the Battlehawks Wide Receiver coach.

The Battlehawks Defense

Kind of a cheap pick right? Well, after shouldering the load for the majority of the game, the Battlehawks defense held the Brahmas to only one touchdown despite being on the field for 77 plays and almost 40 Minutes on the field. The Battlehawks, saw strong play from Linebackers, Silas Kelly, Lakiem Williams, and Mike Rose in addition to Safety Ben DeLuca, coming up to provide assistance in the Brahmas rushing attack. The Battlehawks Defense continued to keep Jack Coan, who was making his pro-debut, uneasy forcing two turnovers, including a Travis Feeney Strip Sack.

Closing Thoughts:

The resilient and inspiring play of the Battlehawks, sets an important standard for the team going into Week Two and ultimately the rest of the season. Despite, the Brahmas building a 15-3 lead, Coach Becht’s team continued to trust the process, and utilized AJ McCarron’s leadership to sneak a victory away from the Brahmas on the road. For Week Two the Battlehawks travel to Seattle, to take on the Sea Dragons at Lumen Field this Thursday February 23rd. The 1-0 Battlehawks game will be televised at 8pm on FX.

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Pat Rifino is a former Security Contractor turned writer. He began his writing career talking about geo-politics, and the defense industry. Now Pat writes about alt-league football, while hanging with his dogs in his off time.

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