The Battlehawks got back on the winning track in week 6, defeating the Vegas Vipers 29-6 to keep pace with the undefeated DC Defenders for the Northern Division lead. St. Louis saw an elite offensive performance led by AJ McCarron, who at one point completed 19 passes in a row. St. Louis was also aided by another dynamic output by Darrius Shepherd this time in the passing attack catching two touchdowns from McCarron and totaling 94 All-Purpose yards in Week 6.
AJ McCarron Quarterback
After a rough start on the opening series, that included two drops and a third-down penalty that wiped out a conversion, McCarron was lights out for the majority of the game. Totally 236 Passing Yards 3 Passing TDs and 18 yards on the ground, AJ is playing at an MVP level right now and was XFL News Hub Mid Season All-XFL QB. With the regression of Brandon Silvers and Ben DiNucci over the past two weeks McCarron continues to show why he is the best QB in the XFL right now.
Brian Hill Running Back
While I’d love to put Darrius Shepherd in this position, it only seemed right to give Brian Hill some praise for week 6. Hill has been an unsung hero for the Battlehawks this season and put together another solid performance in week 6. Hill continues to be a regulating force and added another 101 yards total once again. While Butler, Shepherd, and Proehl continue to wow through the air, Hill remains ole’ reliable in keeping the opposing defenses on their toes, when the passing game falls flat.
The Battlehawks Defensive Backs
Down not only Ben DeLuca but also Mike Hampton the Battlehawks Defensive Backs stepped up picking off Luis Perez twice, while also attributing to two TFLs. With St. Louis needing a big performance from their secondary, DB Coach Devin Abraham’s group stepped up giving the Battlehawks the ability to remain competitive in the Northern Division.
St. Louis was able to rebound in a profound way last weekend in Vegas. Despite being down with Marcel Ateman, Ben Deluca, and Mike Hampton, the Battlehawks came out firing, with AJ McCarron continuing to be the leader the Battlehawks and the city of St. Louis finding Darrius Shepherd for two TDs and Gary Jennings on a quick push pass for a 3rd. The Battlehawks looked to be in an up tempo “4-Minute” offense, which it appears Vegas had no answer for.
The Battlehawks Defense also had a coming out party, totaling 2 Ints, 4 sacks, and 6 TFLs. Led by Carson Wells, Nate Meadors, and Lavert Hill, it was the St. Louis Defensive Backs who stepped up after dealing with injuries to their position group.
As St. Louis gets ready to travel to Houston, they still have the luxury of controlling their own destiny. Despite Seattle’s 4 game winning streak Ben DiNucci’s erratic Quarterback play, keeps the Sea Dragons as a wild card. With Houston dropping their last two games and the emergence of Cole McDonald the Roughnecks may be in a bit of a QB controversy going into week 7. While the Battlehawks continue to fly high fly as they get ready to attack Houston in hopes of bringing a championship back to St. Louis.
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