Scrimmage: St. Louis BattleHawks vs. Dallas Renegades
HOUSTON -- The XFL is holding its final scrimmages of the 2020 Training Camp on Monday and Tuesday at TDECU Stadium. All eight teams are in their final preparations for Wednesday's roster cutdowns.
The Dallas Renegades faced the St. Louis BattleHawks on Monday, and Dallas will host this rematch at Globe Life Park in each team's 2020 season opener Sunday, Feb. 9 (5 p.m. ET, ESPN).
Here's what went down in this final scrimmage for both teams.
QB Jordan Ta’amu: One of four signal-callers used, he was the first to get St. Louis on the board. The Ole Miss product made plays via his arm and legs on a march that culminated in a short TD pass to TE Cole Hunt just before halftime.
RB Ray Lawry III: A quick first step was there from the former Old Dominion star. Lawry was also a threat coming out of the backfield in the passing game.
LB Matthew Thomas: Thomas logged significant snaps and made an impact. He picked off a deflected throw in the fourth and took it back about 50 yards for a touchdown.
QB Philip Nelson: After a sluggish start, Nelson found his rhythm and led three touchdown drives. A perfectly lofted 33-yard pass to WR Jazz Ferguson in the second quarter was the scrimmage's first score.
TE Donald Parham: The 6-foot-8 Stetson product helped move the chains by working the middle of the field, giving Nelson a big target with sure hands.
DE Johnathan Calvin: The former Mississippi State player spent plenty of time in the backfield pressuring St. Louis quarterbacks. Calvin also intercepted a tipped pass early in the third to set up a short field goal.
-- Art Garcia, XFL.com
“It was good, just to get the mechanics of it felt really good. To see guys execute when things aren’t align and to see that they will do things the right way. Those are the things that we need to find out along with making sure they can produce and we can trust them. Overall, it was a good night.”
“It’s been awesome. We’ve had very few injuries overall. We have learned a lot about the league and the timing of the games. Also, the team has come together so it has been very productive.”