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Orlando Guardians Edge Out D.C. Defenders in Nail-Biting 37-36 Win, DC No Longer Undefeated

The Orlando Guardians (1-6) celebrated their first win of the XFL season, defeating the D.C. Defenders (6-1) in a thrilling 37-36 victory. The game featured strong offensive performances from both teams, with the Guardians’ quarterback, Quinten Dormady, and the Defenders’ Jordan Ta’amu putting on a show for the crowd at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.


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Dormady completed 27 of 34 passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns, while Ta’amu connected on 21 of 29 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns, with D’Eriq King adding another touchdown pass for the Defenders. The Guardians’ receiving corps was led by Cody Latimer, who caught seven passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. On the Defenders’ side, Chris Blair impressed with five receptions for 139 yards and a touchdown.

The ground game was dominated by the Defenders, who rushed for 195 yards on 30 carries. Abram Smith led the way with 127 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, while Ryquell Armstead contributed 25 yards on seven carries. The Guardians’ rushing attack was less effective, amassing 91 yards on 32 carries. Quinten Dormady was responsible for three of the team’s rushing touchdowns, with Jah-Maine Martin gaining 52 yards on 11 carries.

In terms of defense, Reggie Northrup led the Defenders with 11 total tackles, while Matt Elam topped the Guardians’ list with eight. The game did not feature any interceptions from either side, but the Guardians managed to recover two fumbles from the Defenders, which proved to be crucial in the closely fought contest.

Special teams saw limited action, with neither team converting field goal attempts. The Defenders’ kicker, Matthew McCrane, missed both of his attempts, while the Guardians did not attempt any field goals during the game. The punt return game was relatively quiet, with Charleston Rambo and Eli Rogers combining for 31 yards on two returns for the Guardians, and Josh Hammond returning two punts for 25 yards for the Defenders.

Ultimately, it was the Guardians who managed to edge out the Defenders in a thrilling match, securing their first win of the season and delivering a blow to the Defenders’ previously unbeaten record.

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 KingQB11121032000000
Jordan Ta’amuQB21292853022300000
Abram SmithRB000001812710000
Ryquell ArmsteadRB0000072500000
Alex EllisTE000000001810
Briley MooreTE0000000062951
Brandon SmithWR0000000021920
Chris BlairWR00000000713951
Jequez EzzardWR0000000011210
Josh HammondWR0000000053040
Lucky JacksonWR0000000066042
Total 22302974030195128297224


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
Quinten DormadyQB27343283082230000
Devin DarringtonRB000001317021610
Jah-Maine MartinRB00000115201-310
Jaylen SmithTE000000002710
Jordan ThomasTE0000000022621
Logan CarterTE000000001310
Charleston RamboWR0000000046330
Cody LatimerWR0000000089371
Daniel WilliamsWR0000000044740
Deddrick ThomasWR0000000021020
Eli RogersWR0000000072540
K.D. CannonWR0000000014111
Total 2734328303291334328273

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