BattleHawks upset Renegades without starting QB Jones

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Dallas Renegades were favorites in the beginning of the game by nearly 10 points due to odds-makers. However, in the game, the game would be decides by less than that.

The St. Louis BattleHawks defeated the Dallas Renegades, 15-9, on Sunday night at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.

St. Louis BattleHawks quarterback Jordan Ta'amu rushes the ball against the Dallas Renegades
Jordan Ta’amu rushes the ball against the Dallas Renegades (Photo by the XFL)

The BattleHawks improved to 1-0 on the season. The Renegades fell to 0-1 on the young season.

“It was a struggle,” BattleHawks head coach Jonathan Hayes said. “Guys fought really hard. Defense played really well. Offense ran the ball when we needed to and that set the tone of the game and I think that carried through late in the game for us.”

The Renegades held out Landry Jones, who was injured in training camp. Head Coach Bob Stoops said that he could have played, but they were holding him out as a precaution.

BattleHawks quarterback Jordan Ta’amu went 20 of 27 for 209 yards. He also threw one touchdown pass.

Matt Jones had 21 carries for 85 yards. De’Mornay Pierson-El had four receptions for 64 yards.

Renegades quarterback Philip Nelson went 33 of 42 for 209 yards. He also had one interception.

Lance Dunbar had five carries for 27 yards. Flynn Nagel had six receptions for 43 yards.

“It was a tight game really the entire way and they made a few more plays than we did there at the end,” Renegades head coach Bob Stoops said. “Overall, I thought defensively we did a really great job keeping us in there, but I thought we gave up a couple of big plays.”

The BattleHawks outscored the Renegades, 9-3, in the second half. Ta’amu hit Alonso Russell for a one-yard touchdown. Taylor Russolino also made a 48-yard field goal.

Renegades’ Austin MacGinnis made a 23-yard field goal.

The game was tied at 6 at halftime. MacGinnis made two field goal attempts for the Renegades.

BattleHawks’ Keith Ford scored on an 18-yard touchdown.

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