By Matthew Feimer
Yesterday, football history was made when the Houston Roughnecks and Los Angeles Wildcats kicked off at TDECU stadium.
The attendance was 17,815, and these attendees saw Quarterback P.J. Walker put on quite a show with their Run-and-Shoot Offense. The game was well played and certainly did not look like the disaster seen in past football league openers.
The XFL gave us two very good games yesterday.
It started right away on the first drive for Houston. P.J. Walker hit Cam Phillips on 50-yard touchdown pass only 1 minute and 15 seconds into the game. P.J. Walker looked very comfortable in this offense, going 23/39 for 272 yards, 4 touchdowns, and a 1-point conversion. He looked like he picked up right where he left off when playing for Temple. Walker did a great job spreading the ball around- hitting eight different receivers on passes, with four of them completing for touchdowns. Walker also rushed for 26 yards -about half of the team’s 56 yards for the day. His QB rating was 103.8.
Wildcats Quarterback Josh Johnson sat out this game with a thigh injury. Princeton grad Charlie Kanoff got the start. Kanoff was traded from New York for Luis Perez. He threw for 21/40 for 214 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Considering he only been on the team for less than two weeks, it was not a bad performance. Nelson Spruce was Kanoff’s favorite receiver yesterday catching 11 passes for 103 yards.
The battle was won in the trenches yesterday. Houston dominated both sides of the ball, despite the size of the Wildcats Linemen. The Wildcat Defense was very tired by the middle of the third quarter after chasing PJ Walker. The LA Offense really struggled to get anything going after the 1st Half. Winston Moss said they lost the turnover battle, field position, and the explosive play battle. Coach Moss also said the Special Teams has much work to do.
As for June Jones, his team seemed to control the tempo in the 2nd Half. June Jones said they were beating themselves in the 1st Half, but all was positive in the 2nd Half. Next up for the Houston Roughnecks is a home game with the St. Louis BattleHawks. The Wildcats get their home opener against the Dallas Renegades.
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