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Defenders Hold Off The Battlehawks 28 – 34 To Stay Unbeaten And Kings Of The North

Game 2 of Week 3 in the XFL season saw a battle of the unbeaten between the St Louis Battlehawks and DC Defenders. This game was the highest-scoring game of the 2023 XFL season, with 62 total points. Once again, the Battlehawks were in it at the end, but the Defenders held and won 28 – 34.


Team1st quarter2nd quarter3rd quarter4th quarterTDTotal

A. J. McCarron threw for 262 yards on 42 attempts and finished with four touchdowns with two interceptions. The Battlehawks only rushed for 56 yards, with Brian Hill leading the team with 12 carries for 32 yards. Hakeem Butler had a huge game leading the team in catches with 9 for 105 yards with 13 targets and 1 touchdown. He is officially McCarron’s favorite target. Darrius Shepherd was second on the team with 8 targets for 51 yards on 5 catches.

For the Defenders, Jordan Ta’amu finally showed why he was a highly sought-after QB in the XFL. He threw for 196 yards on 20 attempts with 1 touchdown. He also rushed for another. Abram Smith rushed for 54 yards on 16 carries, and Ryquell Armstead rushed for 51 yards but had 2 fumbles. As a team, the Defenders rushed for 136 yards.

Lucky Jackson was his favorite, with 4 catches for 89 yards on 78 targets. Chris Blair and Ethan Wolf both caught touchdown passes.


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
A.J. McCarronQB2642262422600000
Brian HillRB000001232044941
Mataeo DurantRB0000031802-210
Jake SutherlandTE0000000012311
Jovani HaskinsTE000000001000
Austin ProehlWR0000000031220
Darrius ShepherdWR0000000085150
Hakeem ButlerWR000000001310591
Marcell AtemanWR000000003710
Steven Mitchell Jr.WR0000000041731
Total 2642262421756039262264


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 KingQB3314102901000
Jordan Ta’amuQB112019610102210000
Abram SmithRB000001654041630
Ryquell ArmsteadRB00000115100000
Ethan WolfTE0000000041321
Chris BlairWR0000000026221
Josh HammondWR0000000053030
Lucky JacksonWR0000000078940
Matthew McCraneK000000000000
Total 14232102039136123210142

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  1. scott A farley

    March 6, 2023 at 3:17 pm

    Great game. I was there and had a blast. Atmosphere was electric. I enjoy you’re input on Twitter. I am a follower.

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