Pre-game Preview: Battlehawks host first home game against Arlington Renegades
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - For the first time in three years, the Battlehawks will host its first game against the Arlington Renegades at the Dome on Sunday, March 12, at 3 p.m.
The Battlehawks (2-1) are coming home after three road games. They won their first two against the San Antonio Brahmas and the Seattle Sea Dragons and are now ranked second in the XFL North.
This is crazy… our @XFLBattlehawks are FINALLY playing their first home game this coming weekend in St Louis…— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) March 7, 2023
We’re anticipating a crowd of over 30,000 fans 🔥🔥🔥 🏟️
Amazing support. THANK YOU XFL fans! We’re building for the long haul, not one and done. #opportunity #xfl https://t.co/gR9ezMlRbb
The Battlehawks are looking to bounce back after a tough loss against the D.C. Defenders. After an incident during the previous game, four players (Nate Meadors, Travis Feeney, Brian Hill, and Tory Woodbury) were fined, and offensive tackle Jaryd Jones-Smith is suspended for two games.
Although the long road trip didn’t end on a good note, there were some positives that came out of it. The Battlehawks had back-to-back comeback wins, catching the attention of XFL fans, even league owner Dwayne Johnson. The first week, starting quarterback A.J. McCarron connected with receiver Austin Proehl for a 3-point conversion late in the fourth quarter. With the 4th and 15 extra possession option, McCarron later found Proehl again in the end zone on a 14-yard pass to seal the game,18-15.
This game-winning moment is EVERYTHING pic.twitter.com/FJIYxsJPVc— St. Louis Battlehawks (@XFLBattlehawks) February 19, 2023
The second game was an absolute nail-biter, with Donny Hageman’s field goal that ended the game 20-18.
BACK-TO-BACK COMEBACK THRILLERS.— St. Louis Battlehawks (@XFLBattlehawks) February 24, 2023
DONNY CALLED GAME. pic.twitter.com/vqqF79brTZ
The Battlehawks have three players that are leading the XFL in different categories. Wide receiver Darius Shepherd leads the league in kickoff returns with 351 yards and ranks second with 27 yards per return. McCarron is tied for the league in touchdown passes, with seven so far. He is also ranked second in pass completions with 66. Receiver Hakeem Butler is tied for most touchdown catches.
On the defensive side, Linebacker Willie Harvey is the league’s leading tackler, holding 21 tackles on the season.
Information about the Renegades/History
The Arlington Renegades are 2-1 for the season. They are coming off a close 10-9 win over the Orlando Guardians and are ranked second in the XFL South.
This will be the second time the Battlehawks and the Renegades face off against each other. The last time these two teams met was in 2020, after the Battlehawks defeated them 15-9 at Choctaw Stadium.
If you can’t make it to the game, you can watch it on ESPN 2. News 4 will also provide updates and coverage of the game.
For more information about the Battlehawks’ season, click here.
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