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Recap: New York Guardians 17, Los Angeles Wildcats 14

Highlights: New York Guardians 17, Los Angeles Wildcats 14

NEW YORK GUARDIANS 17, LOS ANGELES WILDCATS 14

WEEK 4: STL 23, SEA 16 | HOU 27, DAL 20 | TB 25, DC 0

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A blocked field goal and steady quarterback play from Luis Perez propelled the New York Guardians (2-2) to a 17-14 Week 4 victory over the Los Angeles Wildcats (1-3).

Perez was pressed into starting at quarterback with Matt McGloin inactive. Working in conjunction with an effective New York Guardians run game, the slinger helped defeat his former LA squad.

However, LA kicker Nick Novak had a field-goal attempt blocked by Jarrell Owens and later pushed wide to the right a 44-yard try in the fourth that would've tied it.

The Guardians (2-2) halted a two-game losing streak by leaning on an efficient, safe effort from Perez (18-for-26, 150 yards) highlighted by beautiful TD showcased below.

The real weight was carried by Darius Victor, who barreled through the Wildcats defense for 82 yards on 18 carries (4.6 average), frequently moving chains.

The Wildcats (1-3) thrived through the air in defeat. Josh Johnson piled up 330 passing yards and accounted for two touchdowns, with Tre McBride registering eight catches, 1277 yards and a TD on 12 targets.

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While Perez wasn't flashy, this gorgeous back-shoulder throw to Mekale McKay on his only TD toss of the day:

Luis Perez finds Mekale McKay for a TD on a beautiful back-shoulder throw

Johnson delivered a play-action toss to Saeed Blacknall in the third quarter for a 42-yard touchdown that allowed LA to keep pace:

Josh Johnson ties the game up with a 42-yard TD

Guardians comment on win

"We are excited about the win. Our players continued to fight. It was a small step, but one in the right direction.”

Guardians head coach Kevin Gilbride

“The win was good. We know we are a talented team and we just had to put everything together offense, defense and special teams, and this a game that we did that.”

Guardians DT Joey Mbu

STAT OF THE GAME

PEAK PERFORMANCES

WILDCATS

With offensive dynamos Nelson Spruce (knee) and Martez Carter (hip) inactive, McBride stepped up. Following a two-touchdown Week 3 performance, he topped 100 receiving yards for the second straight week, marking his role as a potent downfield weapon while helping Johnson stretch the field.

Safety Ahmad Dixon flew all over the field with a season-high 14 combined tackles (nine solo), and defensive end Devin Taylor recorded 1.5 sacks.

GUARDIANS

Owens feasted, registered two sacks, hitting the QB four times, and blocking the Wildcats field goal. That timely deflection provided the margin of victory.

Victor led the revival of New York's run game; those ground struggles couldn't save erratic QB play the first three weeks but proved crucial to let the Guardians possess the ball for 33:09.

Wildcats discuss defeat

"Well, I thought we had our opportunities to win the game, and we did not take advantage of them."

Wildcats head coach Winston Moss

“Just really focus on the fundamentals of football, the details. Just going out there and playing the quarterback position the way I have been taught and the way our coaches want me to play it and just play one play at a time.”

Wildcats QB Josh Johnson

WILDCATS-GUARDIANS PHOTOS

Up Next: Week 5

  • The Guardians visit the Dallas Renegades (Saturday, March 7, 5 p.m. ET on FOX).
  • Los Angeles heads back home and will be joined on the field by the Tampa Bay Vipers (Sunday, March 8, 9 p.m. ET).

WEEK 4: STL 23, SEA 16 | HOU 27, DAL 20 | TB 25, DC 0