SAINT LOUIS — Led by an impressive performance by Jordan Ta’amu, the Saint Louis BattleHawks cruised past the Seattle Dragons to remain undefeated at home. Fighting off a late rally by the Dragons, the BattleHawks remain the favorite in the East division and continue to impress their consistently large crowds at home.
BattleHawks gain early lead
Getting off to a slow start on offense, both teams were forced to punt on their first possessions. It took until midway through the first quarter for Jordan Ta’amu to put together a drive that resulted in a great throw to De’Mornay Pierson-El for a BattleHawks touchdown. After a quick throw on the successful two-point conversion attempt, Saint Louis was up 8-0.
The Saint Louis defense continued to give Dragons quarterback Brandon Silvers a lot of material for the coming week’s film study, forcing punts on 4 out of 5 Seattle possessions in the first half. Both teams were forced to settle for field goals at the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second.
On the first play from scrimmage after the half’s two minute warning, BattleHawks Keith Ford made a highlight-worthy juggling catch from Ta’amu and found the end zone to put Saint Louis ahead 17 to 3.
Quarterback changes for Seattle
Coming out of the XFL’s short halftime, Dragons head coach Jim Zorn announced that his starting quarterback Brandon Silvers would be replaced in the second half after another lackluster performance. Silvers completed only 4 of 10 pass attempts, recording just 27 yards in the first half. Seattle needed a change to have any hope against a determined Saint Louis defense.
Silvers was replaced by backup BJ Daniels, a six year veteran of the NFL who had previously played for the Seattle Seahawks. Daniels settled in quickly, putting a drive together on his second possession which resulted in the first Dragons touchdown of the game.
Another field goal by Saint Louis kicker Taylor Russolino gave the BattleHawks a 10-point lead with a minute left in the third quarter.
The Dragons were certainly able to find some offensive rhythm behind Daniels, scoring another touchdown early in the final quarter, but the Saint Louis offense proved overwhelming for the Seattle defense. Jordan Ta’amu put together yet another impressive performance, throwing for 264 yards and a touchdown, as well as earning 63 yards on the ground.
With Seattle attempting to score in the finals minutes of the game, BattleHawks safety Will Hill came up with the game-sealing interception for Saint Louis, securing the ball and the win.
Saint Louis remains undefeated at home and, behind the dual threat of quarterback Jordan Ta’amu, is the clear favorite in the East Division. They improve to 3-1 and will travel to DC to face the Defenders next Sunday in a key divisional game at 3:00PM EDT on FS1.
Meanwhile, the Seattle Dragons fall to last place in the West and will prepare for a tough road game as they take on PJ Walker and the Houston Roughnecks next Saturday at 2:00PM EST on ABC.