Renegades Fall To Brahmas
Facing each other for the second time in as many weeks, the San Antonio Brahmas avenged a loss seven days prior to the Arlington Renegades with a 15-9 win Sunday afternoon at Choctaw Stadium.
In a matchup featuring two of the top-3 scoring defenses in the XFL, both teams were held under 250 yards as San Antonio handed Arlington its first home loss of the season (2-1).
San Antonio built a 9-0 halftime lead after holding Arlington to just 46 1st-half yards. The Brahmas took a 3-0 advantage on a 28-yard field goal from K Parker Romo at the 1:48 mark of the 1st quarter, and added a defensive touchdown on a strip sack by LB Delontae Scott and 44-yard fumble recovery by LB Jordan Williams (failed extra point try) with 6:34 remaining in the 2nd quarter.
On San Antonio’s second play from scrimmage following Russolino’s field goal, Arlington LB Donald Payne intercepted QB Kurt Benkert – who was just traded from Houston on Thursday. That set up a Renegades’ 16-yard touchdown pass from QB Drew Plitt to WR LuJuan Winningham, who acrobatically stretched back across his body to pull in his team-leading second receiving TD of the season at 8:39 of the 3rd quarter (one-point conversion rush was stopped short).
The teams remained tied into the 4th quarter, when aided by an Arlington 41-yard pass interference penalty, San Antonio re-gained a three-point edge, 12-9, on a 45-yard field goal from Romo with 8:56 to play.
A 48-yard connection through the air by Plitt to WR JaVonta Payton on Arlington’s next possession positioned the Renegades inside San Antonio’s 15-yard line. However, Russolino’s right-footed kick from the right hash sailed right of the goal post from 36 yards which would have re-knotted the game with 4:05 showing.
A 46-yard field goal by Romo with 1:46 left put the Brahmas up six, and an interception with 14 seconds left by S Tenny Adewusi with Arlington driving in San Antonio territory iced the contest.