After a 39-9 dominating win against the DC Defenders, the Los Angeles Wildcats travel to New York and lose to the Guardians 17-14. It is a disappointing loss for the Wildcats coming off a huge win last week. The loss drops Los Angeles to 1-3 on the season. Too many times during the game, you saw the receivers not knowing what routes to run, causing quarterback Josh Johnson to get frustrated during the game. Tre McBride stepped up for the missing Nelson Spruce. McBride had eight catches for 127 yards and a touchdown.
Third down offense
The Los Angeles Wildcats put up 350 total yards in the game; Josh Johnson threw for 330 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. The interception was a pass that was dropped by a receiver, but it was costly for the Wildcats.
With all those tremendous passing numbers, the Wildcats struggled on third downs going 2-12 on third downs. Los Angeles struggled to sustain drives and keep the chains moving. In the end, that hurt there chances to win the game. You got to be able to keep drives going.
No running game
Los Angeles ran for 40 yards on 13 rushes; the running game has been none existent so far this season for the Wildcats. Dujuan Harris led the Wildcats in rushing with 25 yards on five carries. Elijah Hood only had one rush in the game. Harris looked pretty active running the ball; the Wildcats should have stuck with the run a little more. As the season goes on, Los Angeles will need to develop a rushing attack.
The Wildcats rushing defense has struggled this season, and they gave up 100 plus yards again against the Guardians. New York rushed for 122 yards on 29 total carries. Darius Victor lead the Guardians with 82 yards on 18 carries, and Tim Cook added 32 yards on eight carries. Los Angeles must do better stopping the run as the season goes on.