XFL Week 3 Recap

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Guest Columnist: Chaz Packan

Houston-34 – Tampa Bay-27

The Houston Roughnecks remained undefeated with a 34-27 victory over the Vipers. Houston quarterback PJ Walker was once again the standout player completing 24 of 36 passes for 306 yards and three touchdowns. The Roughnecks face the 2-1 Dallas Renegades in a Texas State showdown in Dallas next Sunday March 1st. 0-3 Tampa Bay will face the 2-1 DC Defenders in Tampa next Sunday Night at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN2

Dallas-24 – Seattle-12

The Dallas Renegades won their second straight game after losing in Week 1 of the XFL season to the St. Louis Battlehawks. The Renegades defeated the home-standing Seattle Dragons by a score of 24-12. Tight end Donald Parham was the standout receiver with seven catches for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Dallas will face Houston in a Texas showdown in Dallas next Sunday at 4:00 p.m. on Fox Sports 1. Seattle will face the 2-1 St. Louis Battlehawks in St. Louis on Saturday night.

New York- 9 – St. Louis-29

The St. Louis Battlehawks improved to 2-1 on the XFL Season with a convincing victory over the New York Guardians who have struggled out of the gate with a 1-2 record. The Battlehawks emerged victorious by a score of 29-9 with running backs Matt Jones and Christine Michael pacing the Battlehawks offensive attack with Jones rushing for 95 yards and one touchdown.  Michael rushed for 44 yards and one touchdown. The 2-1 Battlehawks will face the Seattle Dragons in St, Louis on Saturday night at 5:00 p.m. on FOX.  The losing Guardians will face the 1-2 LA Wildcats in New York on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. on ABC.

DC Defenders-9 – LA Wildcats-39

The DC Defenders suffered their first loss after dominating victories in the first two weeks against Seattle and New York respectively. The Defenders suffered a 39-9 loss at the hands of the home-standing LA Wildcats who were paced by former Redskins quarterback Josh Johnson who threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns against an otherwise stout DC defense who didn’t happen to show up this week after two dominant performances. The Wildcats were also buoyed by a dominant defense who forced five turnovers including four Cardale Jones interceptions and a forced fumble. The Defenders look to rebound against the Tampa Bay Vipers in Tampa on Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN2. While the winning Wildcats face a dismal New York squad on Saturday in New York at 2:00 p.m. on ABC.

Attendance Notes: overall XFL attendance at all 4 games this past weekend set a new XFL record with 81,942 fans an average of 20,000 a game. Attendance has increased each week since the start of the season. The largest crowd of the weekend was in St. Louis at The Dome with an XFL record attendance of 29,554 the largest crowd to see a football game in St. Louis since the Rams left for Los Angeles.

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Chaz Packan is a life-long Frederick County Resident who graduated from Linganore High School in 2010. He completed senior year work study with the Frederick Keys the local Orioles High-A Affiliate as well as contributing to the Linganore student newspaper The Lance. He was with the Keys from February 2010 to September 2016. While there he contributed to the Keys GameDay program conducting player interviews as well as writing GameDay features. Chaz completed studies at Frederick Community College obtaining an AA in Communications while at FCC, Chaz received an excellence in journalism award from his journalism professor for his contributions to the FCC student newspaper The Commuter. After completing his associates at FCC, Chaz started his own Facebook Live sports program called SportsTalk with Chaz which he did from his home from 2016 to 2017 interviewing several local sports personalities including Frank Herzog, Brenda Frese, Rob Ambrose and ESPN NFL Analyst Anita Marks. Recently, Chaz worked for local Republican Frederick County State Delegate Dan Cox in Annapolis as a Legislative Aide during the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions. Chaz will be a regular contributor to the Tentacle touching on local and regional sports as well as his interest in the political process both locally and nationally touching on the issues from a conservative point of view. Tentacle Readers will enjoy Chaz’s depth of knowledge on the subjects he shares a passion for.