XFL Week 5 Review
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Monday, March 9, 2020
TORONTO – Week 5 of the XFL continued to excite, as once again there were come-from-behind victories and for the first time, some controversy. Two games in Dallas rounded out the action on Saturday, while St. Louis took on New York and Tampa Bay travelled to L.A. to finish the slate of games on Sunday.
Seattle Dragons vs. Houston Roughnecks
Early in the game, it appeared as though Houston’s undefeated season may be coming to an end. But after trailing 14-0, the Roughnecks battled back to defeat the Dragons 32-23 to improve to 5-0 on the season.
But this game didn’t end without controversy. The XFL released a statement following the game, saying that it should not have ended as it did. Houston quarterback P.J. Walker took a knee on fourth down to end the game, but there was still two seconds left on the game clock.
It should have resulted in one final chance for the Dragons to tie the game, but instead the contest was finished. The league announced that Wes Booker, the game’s Officiating Supervisor, has been reassigned.
Walker threw for an outstanding 351 yards with three touchdowns, all while completing 71 percent of his passes.
New York Guardians vs. Dallas Renegades
Following a relatively quiet opening half which saw the score tied at 6-6, New York scored 21 unanswered points on their way to a 30-12 win. The Guardians run game was dominant, outrushing the Renegades with 144 yards compared to just 56.
Darius Victor led the ground attack for New York, collecting 58 yards on 16 carries. Renegades quarterback Philip Nelson threw for 210 yards but couldn’t find the endzone while throwing two interceptions.
Nelson’s counterpart, Luis Perez, threw for 229 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the win.
St. Louis BattleHawks vs. DC Defenders
Despite this matchup being heavily influenced by the running game, a change at quarterback played a large role in a 15-6 win for the Defenders on Sunday.
DC elected to pull quarterback Cardale Jones in favour of Tyree Jackson after just one drive, and it paid off. Despite only throwing for 39 yards, Jackson did manage to throw for one score. His 6-foot-8 frame also helped, as it allowed the Defenders’ run game to take over.
The teams combined for 402 rushing yards, the most of any XFL game. Defenders running back Jhurell Pressley led the way with 107 yards along with a score. Both the Defenders and BattleHawks are now 3-2 this season.
Tampa Bay Vipers vs. Los Angeles Wildcats
This was the highest-scoring game in XFL history, as the Wildcats overcame a 17-0 deficit to claim the 41-34 victory.
Wildcats quarterback Josh Johnson threw for 288 yards on the day along with four touchdowns. Los Angeles’ defence was also key, as they forced two big turnovers late in the game. One of which was a fumble recovery that was returned for a touchdown by Boogie Roberts.
The Wildcats are now 2-3, while the Vipers are 1-4.