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D.C. Defenders Edge Out Victory 29-28 Over San Antonio Brahmas, Renegades Playoff Bound

In a heart-stopping finish, the D.C. Defenders secured a 29-28 victory over the San Antonio Brahmas at The Alamodome in front of 12,129 spectators. With this result, the Arlington Renegades have booked their spot in the South Division Championship game against the Houston Roughnecks.


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The game came down to a missed field goal by John Parker-Romo in the dying seconds. Parker-Romo hit his first attempt, but Defenders head coach Reggie Barlow called a timeout, successfully icing the kicker. On the second attempt, Parker-Romo missed, sealing the Defenders’ win.

The South Division Championship will be played at TDECU Stadium in Houston on Saturday, April 29 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

D.C. Defenders’ quarterback Jordan Ta’amu completed 15 of 22 passes for 271 yards, averaging 12.3 yards per pass, with two touchdowns and one interception. On the ground, Ta’amu also rushed for 45 yards on eight carries, scoring a touchdown.

For the San Antonio Brahmas, quarterback Jack Coan completed 34 of 48 passes for 312 yards, averaging 6.5 yards per pass, but was unable to find the end zone. In the rushing department, Jacques Patrick carried the ball 16 times for 41 yards and two touchdowns, while Jonathan Hilliman added another six carries for 13 yards and a touchdown.

D.C. Defenders’ wide receiver Lucky Jackson led the team in receiving with three catches for 84 yards, while Chris Blair made a notable 70-yard reception. Alex Ellis contributed four catches for 25 yards and two touchdowns.

On the Brahmas’ side, wide receiver Landen Akers caught eight passes for 90 yards, followed by T.J. Vasher with five receptions for 57 yards.

On special teams, D.C. Defenders’ kicker Matthew McCrane made both of his field goal attempts, with a long of 49 yards. For the Brahmas, John Parker-Romo made two of his three field goal attempts, with a long of 28 yards.

Both teams put up a strong defensive performance, with D.C. Defenders’ Santos Ramirez leading his team with 10 total tackles, while the Brahmas’ Riko Jeffers topped his team’s chart with nine total tackles.

With the Arlington Renegades set to face the Houston Roughnecks in the South Division Championship, fans can expect another thrilling encounter as both teams battle for a spot in the XFL’s ultimate showdown.

XFL Box Score


Player Position Pass. CMP Pass. ATT Pass. YDS Pass. TD Pass. INT Rush. ATT Rush. YDS Rush. TD Rec. Targets Rec. YDS Rec. Rec. TD
D’Eriq KingQB3433001100000
Jordan Ta’amuQB15222712184510000
Abram SmithRB00000104402010
Pooka Williams Jr.RB000000001000
Alex EllisTE0000000042542
Briley MooreTE000000001000
Ethan WolfTE0000000031020
Brandon SmithWR0000000022920
Chris BlairWR0000000057010
Jazz FergusonWR0000000012710
Josh HammondWR0000000045940
Lucky JacksonWR0000000038430
Total 1826304211990126304182


Player Position Pass. CMP Pass. ATT Pass. YDS Pass. TD Pass. INT Rush. ATT Rush. YDS Rush. TD Rec. Targets Rec. YDS Rec. Rec. TD
Jack CoanQB3448312001300000
Jacques PatrickRB000001641283760
Jonathan HillimanRB00000613121720
Alize MackTE0000000032930
Deon YelderTE0000000032530
Fred BrownWR000000002410
Nick HolleyRB0000000044040
T.J. VasherWR0000000095750
Travis JonsenWR000000001810
Travis ToivonenWR000000001510
Total 3448312002357333222260

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