HOUSTON – The first of four scrimmages between XFL teams was an excellent showcase for what will be a league of endless highlights and close games.
The game was also a de-facto clinic for D.C. Defenders’ DB Tyree Kimmel, who had a dominant performance in the second half.
The Defenders hosted the Seattle Dragons on neutral turf in Houston at TDECU Stadium. Neither team displayed a clear advantage going into the half, where the score stood tied at 10-10.
Beginning the second half, Defenders Tyree Kinnel intercepted Seattle QB Brandon Silvers and returned it for six within the first minutes of the 3rd quarter.
Later in the 3rd, Seattle linebacker Nick Temple intercepted a pass from Defenders QB Cardale Jones and running back Ja’Quan Gardner gave the Dragons an answer on the ground for six.
Seattle CB Marco Myers responded with a late pick, giving the Dragons some momentum, while trailing 21-16 late in the game. The Dragons would end up driving down the field, having a comeback victory within grasp, however a critical pass breakup by Kimmel, intended for Dragons TE Evan Rodriguez, sealed the game for the Defenders.
Defenders win 21-16.
The two teams will meet again in DC for the inaugural game of the XFL on February 8th at 2:00PM.