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Houston Roughnecks Secure Victory Over Arlington Renegades, 25-9

In an exciting showdown at Choctaw Stadium, the Houston Roughnecks defeated the Arlington Renegades with a final score of 25-9. An official attendance of 12,821 fans filled the stadium, witnessing a dominant performance by the Roughnecks.


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From the beginning, the Roughnecks established their dominance by taking an early lead in the first quarter, scoring 12 points against the Renegades’ 3. The Renegades attempted a comeback in the second quarter, adding 6 points to their score, but the Roughnecks’ defense held strong, preventing any touchdowns.

After a scoreless third quarter for the Renegades, the Roughnecks continued to widen the gap, adding 10 points to their tally. The final quarter saw the Roughnecks secure their victory with an additional 3 points, while the Renegades failed to score.

Houston’s quarterback, Cole McDonald, completed 10 of 11 passes for 120 yards with one interception. He also contributed to the ground game, rushing for 66 yards and scoring one touchdown with a 39-yard run. Jeremy Cox led the rushing attack with 21 carries for 120 yards and a touchdown, while Justin Smith and Tavonn Salter caught 3 passes for 51 yards and 4 passes for 47 yards, respectively.

On the other side, Arlington’s quarterback Luis Perez completed 22 of 36 passes for 205 yards with one interception. The Renegades struggled with their ground game as Leddie Brown led the team with 14 carries for 29 yards. Brian Herrien and Sal Cannella contributed to the receiving effort, catching 5 passes for 47 yards and 3 passes for 41 yards, respectively.

Houston’s defense played a pivotal role in the win, with Tavante Beckett making 6 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 pass defended, and a crucial 45-yard interception return for a touchdown. The Arlington defense was led by Darnell Sankey, who made 8 tackles, but ultimately couldn’t stop the Roughnecks’ offensive onslaught.

The two teams will face off again for the South Division Championship at TDECU Stadium in Houston on Saturday, April 29 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The Roughnecks, now with a 7-3 record, will look to continue their winning momentum, while the Renegades, at 4-6, will be seeking redemption and a shot at the title.

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
Cole McDonaldQB10111200186610000
Kaleb ElebyQB4728001600000
Jeremy CoxRB000002112010000
Garrett OwensTE000001400000
Ben PutmanWR000000001110
Cedric Byrd IIWR0000000022420
Justin SmithWR0000000055130
Tavonn SalterWR0000000064740
Travell HarrisWR0000000042540
Total 14181480131196218148140


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
Luis PerezQB22362050132000000
Brian HerrienRB0000046074750
Leddie BrownRB000001429022220
Sal CannellaTE0000000054130
Brandon ArconadoWR0000000031930
Caleb Vander EschWR0000000032420
JaVonta PaytonWR000000002000
Lujuan WinninghamWR000000003000
Rannell HallCB0000000031930
Tyler VaughnsWR0000000073340
Total 2236205012155035205220

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