The Houston Roughnecks edged the St. Louis Battle hawks 28-24 in a battle of unbeaten to close XFL season Week 2.
On Sunday afternoon, the game was broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 and played at TDECU Stadium in Houston, Texas.
Quarterback P.J. Roughnecks Walker continues to impress through the first two weeks and leads the XFL’s highest-scoring offence.
Houston Roughnecks edged St. Louis
Walker, a product of Temple University who spent time on the practice squad of the Indianapolis Colts, threw for 170 yards and three touchdowns (20 for 31), but his play-making skill shone in ways that couldn’t make a box score.
There were several moments in which Walker eluded the pass rush of the Battlehawks to extend plays, and he also dazzled with a strong arm that sometimes walked sideways to evade an oncoming defender. Walker also rushed for 27 yards and scored on a one-point conversion.
Wide recipient Cam Phillips was a favorite target for Walker, catching seven balls for 54 yards and three touchdowns. Running back James Butler accounted for the other Houston TD, scoring in the second quarter from the one-yard line following safety Cody Brown was one yard short of a pick six.
In the end it was another Roughneck defense interception that secured the win. The fourth-quarter play by Cornerback Jeremiah Johnson contributed to Houston’s final touchdown that gave them a 10-point lead.
St. Louis dominated the third quarter at half time down 21-6 to give the Roughnecks a scare. A stubborn defense slowed the attack of the Roughnecks and offered a chance to come back to the Battlehawks ‘ own QB-receiver duo.
Jordan Ta’Amu found WR De’Mornay Pierson-El nine times for 50 yards and a score to counter the best one-two punch of the Roughnecks.
Ta’Amu finished the night with 30 of 37 pass attempts for 284 and three touchdowns while running for another TD, but his two interceptions resulted in Roughnecks scores (2-0). His late TD throw to L’Damian Washington placed the Battlehawks (1-1) within four but the defense was unable to make the necessary stop to get the ball back.