The XFL continued week four last night, as the Seattle Sea Dragons hosted the San Antonio Brahmas. This is an important matchup, considering both teams are 1-2, fighting for leverage in their respective divisions.
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Seattle is coming off their best game of the XFL season, taking down Vegas in wild fashion. Meanwhile, a lackluster offensive performance from San Antonio in week three left them at 1-2.
Let’s take a look at what happened, as it was a tough battle in the Northwest.
San Antonio kicked things off with the football, but quickly went three and out as Jordan Evans made a fantastic tackle on Jack Coan in the backfield.
Seattle looked like a well oiled machine on their first possession, to no one’s surprise. They swiftly marched down the field, and were poised to score. However, on 4th and 1, Terrell Bonds broke up a pass intended for Josh Gordon, and the Sea Dragons turned it over on downs.
Jack Coan looked great on his second drive of the game. The Brahmas were in a groove, and put themselves in a position to score. Parker Romo knocked through a 38 yard field goal, and San Antonio took a 3-0 lead.
Seattle’s offense sputtered on their next drive. Ben DiNucci wasn’t in a rhythm, and it showed. The Sea Dragons had to punt, unable to put points on the board.
Neither offense was able to get anything going in the second period to begin. San Antonio punted the ball, but the Sea Dragons were unable to move the chains, punting the ball right back.
This @XFLBrahmas defense is playing excellent football right now.
The @XFLSeaDragons posted over 500 yards of offense last week. They're getting absolutely stifled by San Antonio at the moment. It's been a slugfest so far, that's for sure. #XFL
Both defenses were playing outstanding football. The Brahmas continued to shut down the Sea Dragons, but Seattle stifled San Antonio time and time again. While it was a slugfest, one could certainly enjoy the defensive masterclass that was happening on both ends.
Towards the end of the half, Seattle finally found their footing. DiNucci pushed the ball down the field, making it look easy. Jahcour Pearson made an amazing catch inside the five, setting the group up nicely.
On first and goal, Jordan Williams jumped the gap and stuffed Morgan Ellison in the backfield. Seattle came right back at them, though, as DiNucci found Juwan Green in the endzone to put the team on top.
San Antonio managed to get into field goal range, before halftime. Parker Romo banged through a 57 yard attempt, which is the longest successful kick this XFL season.
Heading into the half, it was a 6-6 ball game.
To kick off the third quarter, Seattle received the football. San Antonio’s smash mouth defense was on full display once again, which resulted in a punt for June Jones’ offense.
San Antonio’s unit couldn’t get things going, however. After a couple of first downs, LB Elijah Ponder got to Coan for a sack, and they had to send it back to Seattle.
Luq Barcoo was sensational tonight for Hines Ward and his defense. He made countless plays in the secondary, making his mark on the game from start to finish. Seattle was held to a field goal, as Dominik Eberle hit a 35 yard attempt to make it 9-6.
Travis Toivenen was a nice pickup for San Antonio, who played quite well in the FCF last year. He also made an impact for the Brahmas, stepping up in the absence of other offensive playmakers. With one quarter left to play, Seattle led by three.
San Antonio couldn’t figure things out offensively. On third down, Chris Payton-Jones made a spectacular pass breakup, forcing another punt for SA. However, Jahcour Pearson couldn’t haul in a pass on third down, and Seattle sent it back to the Brahmas.
A long drive resulted in a score for Seattle. DiNucci found Josh Gordon for a big gain, setting themselves up inside the two. Then, Morgan Ellison leaped over the entire Brahmas defense, putting the Sea Dragons on top 15-6.
Interestingly enough, San Antonio just could not find a way to convert on fourth and short. After a solid drive to the middle of the field, Coan missed on another pass across the middle, effectively ending the game.
Seattle held on to win 15-6 at home over the San Antonio Brahmas.
For most of the night, it was a defensive slugfest. This is by no means a bad thing, as it was an entertaining matchup from start to finish.
San Antonio has to figure things out, as they drop to 1-3 in a competitive South Division. Their defense is outstanding, as playmakers like Luq Barcoo and Jordan Williams have been doing great things all season long. Jack Coan & Co. have to change something, quickly.
Seattle is now back to the .500 mark, which is huge. The Seattle Sea Dragons are a strange team. At times, they look like the best in the XFL. Then, they’ll make some of the worst mistakes you’ll ever see. Jim Haslett has to get this group into a rhythm sooner than later, otherwise it will be tough to make the postseason in the North.
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