We're over halfway through the regular season of the XFL ,and Week 6 brought exciting matchups from both the North and the South divisions as we begin to look towards the playoffs.
The Orlando Guardians continue to struggle, falling to 0-6 on the season against the Seattle Sea Dragons.
The St. Louis Battlehawks, led by quarterback AJ McCarron, put their dominating offense on display against the Vegas Vipers while the San Antonio Brahmas' win over the Arlington Renegades was highlighted by Renegades wide receiver Lujuan Winningham's touchdown reception.
Monday night's matchup between the two top teams in the league, the D.C. Defenders and the Houston Roughnecks, did not disappoint. The Defenders remain the lone undefeated team in the XFL, extending their win streak to six.
All highlights from Week 6 are below.
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This weekend's games
D.C. Defenders 37, Houston Roughnecks 26
The highly anticipated Monday night matchup between these two division leaders ended with the Defenders extending their undefeated streak to 6-0.
After trailing 8-0 in the first quarter, the Defenders scored 26 unanswered points, all led by quarterback Jordan Ta'amu, who was 19-for-31 and threw two touchdowns. His 245 passing yards is the second most in any game this season. Wide receiver Lucky Jackson also had a huge game, hauling in five receptions for 136 yards and one touchdown. The Defenders' strong run game was on display as they had 27 first downs, the most by any team in a game this season.
The Roughnecks put up a good battle despite losing their second game in a row. Running back Max Borghi led the offense with 11 carries and two touchdowns. Quarterback Cole McDonald found wide receiver Deontay Burnett for an 85-yard touchdown reception, Houston's biggest play of the night and the longest play in the XFL this season.
However, the Roughnecks hurt themselves by giving up 12 penalties, their most in a game this season.
Seattle Sea Dragons 26, Orlando Guardians 19
The Guardians (0-6) continue to struggle after falling to the Sea Dragons in Saturday's opening matchup.
The Sea Dragons (4-2) now have the second-longest win streak in the league after starting the season 0-2. This is all led by quarterback Ben DiNucci who was 18-for-35 against the Guardians and had 177 passing yards for two touchdowns. Wide receiver Juwan Green also had a season-high game with five receptions, 50 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown.
Notably, Guardians running back Devin Darrington had a 43-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter to help keep his team in the game. But the Sea Dragons dominated on offense in the fourth quarter, kicking a field goal and scoring one touchdown with six minutes left in the game.
Devin Darrington takes it 43 yards to the house for the score as the Guardians trail 17-16 vs. the Sea Dragons.
St. Louis Battlehawks 29, Vegas Vipers 6
The Battlehawks (4-2) displayed a dominant win over the Vipers (1-5) Saturday evening.
This game marked the second-largest margin of victory in the XFL this season. They were led by McCarron, who went 23-for-29 with three touchdown passes and had 235 passing yards. Wide receiver Darius Shepherd was on the receiving end of McCarron's passes with two touchdowns and a two-point conversion on the day.
The Vipers were held scoreless until the fourth quarter when quarterback Brett Hundley, who came in for Luis Perez in the third quarter, threw a 17-yard touchdown to running back John Lovett.
Battlehawks QB AJ McCarron finds a wide-open Darrius Shepherd for a 30-yard touchdown late in the second quarter.
San Antonio Brahmas 15, Arlington Renegades 9
The Brahmas (2-4) got their second win of the year over the Renegades (3-3) in Sunday's matchup and did so without scoring an offensive touchdown.
The Brahmas were led by kicker John Parker Romo who had three field goals including a 56-yarder with 1:46 left in the game. The Brahmas' defense also dominated, holding the Renegades scoreless in the first quarter and with 15 seconds left in the game Brahmas safety Tenny Adewusi intercepted Renegades quarterback Drew Plitt to secure the win.
Linebacker Jordan Williams also recovered a fumble by Plitt for a 44-yard touchdown return.
Despite the win, the Brahmas are in third place in the South division behind the Renegades. Plitt was 10-for-16 and had 163 yards, one interception and was sacked three times.
This game can be highlighted by Renegades wide receiver Winningham's incredible 16-yard catch from Plitt for their only touchdown of the game.
Lujuan Winningham makes a spectacular leaping touchdown catch as the Renegades even it up 9-9 vs. the Brahmas.
Blocked punt by Alijah Holder sets up a Sea Dragons touchdown.
Alijah Holder blocks the punt and the Sea Dragons capitalize with a 4-yard touchdown catch by Juwan Green to lead 26-19.
Not one ... but two!
Lavert Hill is a magnet with two interceptions against the Vipers.
What's better than 𝙤𝙣𝙚 INT? 😏 pic.twitter.com/cVBz4qBCao— St. Louis Battlehawks (@XFLBattlehawks) March 26, 2023
Winningham making it look easy.
Frame it.@LWinningham11 | @XFLRenegades pic.twitter.com/lrKWdLAnOP— XFL (@XFL2023) March 26, 2023
85 yards to the house!
Burnett glided into the end zone after a record setting catch.
🎯🎯🎯@XFLRoughnecks | #XFL2023 https://t.co/TVADtGeROx pic.twitter.com/L2lhAe5auS— XFL (@XFL2023) March 28, 2023
You just won your fourth game in row...what are you going to do?
The Sea Dragons might as well take advantage of their trip to Orlando.
See ya real soon 👋#XFL2023 | #BreatheFire pic.twitter.com/evZx2svFK8— Seattle Sea Dragons (@XFLSeaDragons) March 26, 2023
Not only can the Battlehawks fly, but they can dance.
Lineman Kevin Atkins showed us some pregame moves before they danced with the Vipers.
PRE-GAME VIBE CHECK: pic.twitter.com/oR8o8SzRnk— St. Louis Battlehawks (@XFLBattlehawks) March 25, 2023
Lights, camera, action!
Mike Scott trolls his brother Delontae Scott during his interview.
Bros supporting bros 🤝@XFL2023 | @XFLBrahmas pic.twitter.com/NkpUHUcEoK— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) March 26, 2023
The infamous beer snake has made it's way back into the stadium.
THE BEER SNAKE IS BACK 🍻🐍 @XFLDefenders | @XFL2023 pic.twitter.com/Lhk4fIJrG7— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) March 28, 2023
'Let's go out here and take what's ours'
A little pregame talk from the legend himself. Listen to coach Hines Ward's message to the Brahmas.
Unfinished business 😤#XFL2023 | #HornsForward pic.twitter.com/hCMNWnWx1D— San Antonio Brahmas (@XFLBrahmas) March 26, 2023
The Battlehawks hype themselves up as they make their way to the field.
WE READYYYYYY. pic.twitter.com/6fSwOVdni3— St. Louis Battlehawks (@XFLBattlehawks) March 25, 2023
'Everyone has bought in'
Head coach Reggie Barlow on the lone undefeated Defenders.
Max Borghi takes it up the gut for a 1-yard Roughnecks touchdown.
'6-0! 6-0! 6-0!'
The Defenders' fans are hyped to be well....6-0.
.@XFLDefenders fans right now 👀 pic.twitter.com/mat41zXugU— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) March 28, 2023