HOUSTON – The hometown Roughnecks squared off with the Los Angeles Wildcats in the penultimate scrimmage of the XFL Preseason. Expectations were high for what would be a pass-heavy offensive showdown on the turf in TDECU Stadium.
Roughnecks K Sergio Castillo posted the first points of the game with an impressive 40+ yd FG, with 10 minutes left in the first quarter. The Wildcats quickly responded with a TD pass to WR Tre McBride, recently traded from DC, and converted a 2-point PAT to lead 8-3.
Early in the second quarter, Houston QB Phillip Walker found WR Sam Mobley on a short pass that turned into an elusive 40 yard surge to the end zone, putting the Roughnecks up by a single point, 9-8. The 3-point attempt was unsuccessful. Later in the quarter, Roughnecks QB Connor Cook launched a missile to WR Kahlil Lewis for a 55 yard TD pass, giving Houston a 15-8 advantage going into the half.
With 6:33 left in the third quarter, the Wildcats began to close the gap with a TD pass to Saeed Raashad, cutting Houston’s lead to 4. They proceeded to take the lead with another long TD pass, this time, to former Seminole WR Kermit Whitfield in the end zone. K Nick Novak made a FG with under seven minutes in the game to extend the Wildcats’ lead to 23-18.
The Wildcats held on to finish the 4th quarter with the lead and win the scrimmage, however the teams entered overtime to test the rules, in a similar fashion to Monday’s scrimmage between the Renegades and BattleHawks. The Wildcats won the five round OT shootout as well, outscoring the Roughnecks 1-0.