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XFL Recap: Battlehawks Soar Over Roughnecks in 24-15 Victory

The St. Louis Battlehawks came out on top with a 24-15 victory over the Houston Roughnecks at TDECU Stadium. The Battlehawks improved to a 5-2 record, while the Roughnecks fell to 4-3. The official attendance for the game was 12,013.


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The Battlehawks took charge early, leading 6-0 in the first quarter and extending their lead to 17-9 by halftime. Despite a scoreless third quarter for both teams, the Battlehawks managed to seal the win with a final touchdown in the fourth quarter.

St. Louis quarterback AJ McCarron had a solid performance, completing 26 of 34 passes for 222 yards, averaging 6.5 yards per completion, with 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. The Battlehawks’ running game was led by Brian Hill, who rushed for 53 yards on 11 carries. Darrius Shepherd was the leading receiver with 7 catches for 70 yards and a touchdown.

Houston’s offense struggled throughout the game, with quarterback Cole McDonald completing just 15 of 32 passes for 106 yards, averaging 3.3 yards per completion, with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. The Roughnecks’ rushing game was led by Max Borghi, who ran for 46 yards on 9 carries, but the team couldn’t capitalize on their running success.

On the defensive side, Nate Meadors was a standout for St. Louis, registering 11 total tackles, 7 of them solo, and 2 tackles for loss. The Battlehawks’ Brandon Sebastian also contributed with an interception. For Houston, Ajene Harris and Tavante Beckett each had 8 total tackles, but the defense couldn’t contain St. Louis’ passing game.

Special teams saw Donny Hageman of the Battlehawks converting a 59-yard field goal, while Houston’s Hunter Duplessis made a 25-yard field goal.

With this win, the Battlehawks continue to build momentum as they look ahead to their next game. The Roughnecks, on the other hand, will need to regroup and address their offensive struggles in order to bounce back.

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
A.J. McCarronQB2634222304500000
Nick TianoQB125000000000
Brian HillRB000001153032830
Mataeo DurantRB000004800000
Jake SutherlandTE0000000042640
Jovani HaskinsTE000000001510
Austin ProehlWR0000000041820
Darrius ShepherdWR0000000087071
Gary JenningsWR0000000022621
Hakeem ButlerWR0000000062741
Marcell AtemanWR0000000051820
Steven MitchellWR0000000031020
Total 2736227301966036228273


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 McDonaldQB15321061184000000
Brycen AlleyneRB0000063902610
Dejoun LeeRB0000021100000
Max BorghiRB0000094600000
Ben PutmanWR000000001000
Cedric ByrdWR0000000095070
Deontay BurnettWR0000000092131
Justin SmithWR000000003610
Michael BandyWR000000003610
Travell HarrisWR0000000051720
Total 15321061125136032106151

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