Guardians defeat the Wildcats, remain perfect at MetLife Stadium

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The New York Guardians remained perfect at home this season. In fact, all of their wins this season have come at home.

The Guardians defeated the Los Angeles Wildcats, 17-14, on Saturday afternoon at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

New York Guardians defense celebrates after a play in their win over the Los Angeles Wildcats
New York Guardians defense celebrates after a play in their win over the Los Angeles Wildcats (Photo by the XFL)

Guardians are now 2-2 on the season.

“We are excited about the win,” Guardians head coach Kevin Gilbride said. “Our players continued to fight. It was a small step, but one in the right direction.”

The Wildcats fell to 1-3 on the season. Los Angeles has fallen to 0-2 on the road this season.

Guardians quarterback Luis Perez went 18 of 26 for 150 yards. He also threw one touchdown pass.

Darius Victor had 18 carries for 82 yards. Jake Powell had three receptions for 34 yards.

Wildcats quarterback Josh Johnson went 25 of 40 for 330 yards. He threw two touchdown passes and one interception.

“Just really focus on the fundamentals of football, the details,” Johnson said about the loss. “Just going out there and playing the quarterback position the way I have been taught and the way our coaches want me to play it and just play one play at a time.”

Dujuan Harris had five carries for 25 yards. Tre McBride had eight receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown.

Los Angeles outscored New York, 8-3 in the second half. Johnson hit Saeed Blacknall for a 42-yard touchdown reception. Jordan Smallwood converted a successful two-point attempt.

Guardians kicker Matthew McCrane made a 47-yard field goal attempt.

New York led 14-6 at halftime. Perez hit Mekale McKay for a three-yard touchdown reception. Marquise Williams converted a successful two-point attempt.

McCrane also made two field goal attempts.

Wildcats’ Johnson hit McBride for a four-yard touchdown reception.

“Well, I thought we had our opportunities to win the game, and we did not take advantage of them,” Wildcats head coach Winston Moss said.

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