Are the Defenders Back? One of the strong hitters fell off for a few weeks. The Washington DC Defenders entered the XFL with a strong start. They were arguable one of and in some cases the best team in the Eastern Conference. With a 2-0 start, the Defenders looked strong going to Tampa Bay for their first road game. After being demolished by the Tampa Bay Vipers and giving the Vipers their first win of the season, the Defenders went on to lose another game making their record 2-2. This was not the way the Defenders wanted to hit the halfway point of the season. The Defenders made come back after beating the St. Louis Battlehawks 15 to 6.
The DC Defenders
The Defenders were back in their stadium this past Sunday. The Defenders leading rushers were Jhurell Pressley and Donnel Pumphrey. Pressley has 15 attempts for 107 yards. Pumphrey has 15 attempts for 37 yards. The leading passer for the Defenders was Tyree Jackson. Jackson had 14 attempts for 39 yards. Jackson had 9 completions for a 64% completion rate. Leading receiving yards for the Defenders are Khari Lee and Jhurell Pressley. Lee had 3 targets, 3 receptions for 14 yards. Pressley had 4 targets, 3 receptions for 12 yards.
The St. Louis Battlehawks
The Battlehawks offense was having trouble putting points on the board. The Battlehawks rushers were Matt Jones and Christine Michael. Jones had 13 attempts for 70 yards. Michael had 12 attempts for 69 yards. The leading passer was Jordan Ta’amu. Ta’amu had 25 attempts for 174 yards. Ta’amu had 15 completions for a 60% completion rate. The leading receivers are L’Damian Washington and Alonzo Russell. Washington had 8 targets, 5 receptions for 114 yards. Russell had 4 targets, 3 receptions for 27 yards.
The Defenders continue to be undefeated in their home. Tomorrow’s game against the Dallas Renegades has been canceled. The 2020 XFL season has officially ended due to the coronavirus. The league made this decision yesterday after multiple professional leagues suspended and or canceled the season. We hope to see the Defenders back in 2021, however, the Defenders will end their season 3-2.