Roughnecks escape with a four-point win over the BattleHawks

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Houston Roughnecks defeated the St. Louis BattleHawks on Sunday night. The Roughnecks won 28-24 over the BattleHawks at TDECU Stadium in Houston, Texas.

With the win, the Roughnecks are now 2-0 on the season. The BattleHawks; however, are 1-1.

Houston Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker attempting a pass against the St. Louis BattleHawks
P.J. Walker attempting a pass against the St. Louis BattleHawks (Photo by the XFL)

Despite being 1-1 on the season, St. Louis is tied with the New York Guardians for second in the XFL East Standings. The Roughnecks are the lone 2-0 team in the XFL West Standings.

Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker went 20 of 31 for 170 yards. He threw three touchdown passes.

James Butler had seven carries for 28 yards and a touchdown. Cam Phillips had eight receptions for 63 yards and three touchdowns.

“That just comes from practice,” Phillips said of his three-touchdown performance. “From taking the practice reps serious. Understanding that come game day that we’re going to need to have that connection. Just talking through everything. Watching film, seeing the tendencies of the defenses.”

BattleHawks quarterback Jordan Ta’amu went 30 of 37 for 284 yards. He also threw three touchdown passes and two interceptions.

Matt Jones had 16 carries for 44 yards. L’Damian Washington had six receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown.

BattleHawks outscored the Roughnecks, 18-7, in the second half. Ta’amu hit De’Mornay Pierson-El for a one-yard touchdown reception. Ta’amu also scored on a four-yard touchdown reception.

Ta’amu hit Washington for a 36-yard touchdown reception.

Roughnecks’ Walker hit Phillips for a two-yard touchdown reception. Walker scored on a one-point attempt.

Houston led 21-6 at halftime. Walker hit Phillips for a nine-yard touchdown reception. Butler also scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown.

Walker hit Phillips for a seven-yard touchdown reception. Sergio Castillo also made a 44-yard field goal attempt.

“They are both very hard workers, and they study the film,” Roughnecks head coach & GM June Jones said of Walker and Phillips’ performance. “They buy in to what we are doing. Those two guys made some plays, and that’s what you have to do. Players make plays, and P.J. did a great job moving around and making things happen.”

St. Louis’ Ta’amu hit Jones for a 25-yard touchdown reception.

“I like where our team is at,” BattleHawks receiver Washington said. “Everybody fought, nobody gave up. I like where this team is at. It’s all about the team.”

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