Battlehawks Win Big but are Eliminated from the Playoffs

The St. Louis Battlehawks won big over the Orlando Guardians 53-28 in their last home game of the XFL regular season Saturday at The Dome of America. But despite the victory, the Seattle Sea Dragons won their season ending game against the Vegas Vipers 28-9 and eliminated the Battlehawks from playoff contention. Team scored a league high 53 points, before a crowd 33,034 at the Dome of America and racked up 493 in total yards. The Guardians surprised the Battlehawks when they scored first and threw a bag of tricks with a fake punt 81-yard touchdown pass midway in the second quarter.

The Battlehawks took 25-20 lead going into half time and then racked up 23 unanswered points in their victory over the Guardians. AJ McCarron threw a league record 6 touchdown passes while throwing for 493 yards. Hakeem Bulter caught a season high 9 catches for 164 yards and 2 touchdown passes. Darrius Shepherd had a season high 96 receiving yards and a touchdown while Steven Mitchell Jr. had his best performance with a season-high two touchdown passes and set season highs with four receptions for 72 receiving yards. The Battlehawks finish season with a 7-3 record making it the first time that a St. Louis Professional Football team to finish with a winning record since the 2003 St. Louis Rams that finished 12-4 but will miss the playoffs after the Seattle won their game against the Vegas Vipers. There will be many players that will sign with many NFL teams going into the 2023 season so there’s a good chance that next year’s roster could look different going into the 2024 XFL season.

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