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Recap: Los Angeles Wildcats 39, DC Defenders 9

Highlights: Los Angeles Wildcats 39, DC Defenders 9

LOS ANGELES WILDCATS 39, DC DEFENDERS 9

More Week 3: HOU 34, TB 27  |  DAL 24, SEA 12  |  STL 29, NY 9

CARSON, Calif. -- After losing their first two XFL games, the Los Angeles Wildcats (1-2) came into Week 3 searching for an identity on both sides of the ball. 

They found it on offense with the help of "Mr. Excitement": running back Martez Carter. Pressed into duty due to Elijah Hood being inactive, the quick carrier scored three touchdowns -- with several backflips included -- and compiled 75 offensive yards during the 39-9 victory over the DC Defenders (2-1) in Week 3.

LA marked its first win during its second straight outing with Josh Johnson at quarterback -- he went 18-for-25 with 278 yards, three touchdowns, and a sterling 148 rating -- and head coach Winston Moss calling the defensive plays.

DC mustered just 90 net passing yards and went 2-for-13 on third downs. The Wildcats' defense recorded five takeaways, including four interceptions of Defenders quarterback Cardale Jones.

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Here's "Mr. Excitement" Carter living up to his nickname with his jaw-dropping, flipping touchdown catch-and-run, keeping a promise he made to FS1's Jenny Taft.

Martez Carter flips out

Wildcats wideout Tre McBride, who came over from DC in a preseason trade, caught five passes for 109 yards while scoring two touchdowns, including this blazer down the sideline:

Josh Johnson drops a DIME to Tre McBride

The Wildcats await word on his in-game injury and status for Week 4, though.

Wildcats comment on win

"This isn't about me, this is about all of us. We're just getting started. We gotta be ready to go to work on Tuesday."

Wildcats head coach Winston Moss, on receiving LA's game ball

" The O-line and Josh [Johnson] put me in a position to make all the plays today. The way our team is so in-tune, the offensive line and Josh (Johnson) are coaches. So it makes our job way easier. All we have to do is run. Just make the right decision."

Wildcats RB Martez Carter

STAT OF THE GAME

PEAK PERFORMANCES

DEFENDERS

Though aided by a soft Wildcats defense late in the game, DC did rush for 200 yards, including an eight-carry, 75-yard day from lone TD scorer Nick Brossette.

WILDCATS

Carter, McBride and Johnson dominated the day, but credit the defense for shutting down any chance at a DC rally.

Several backups in LA's secondary were pressed into duty due to defensive inactives. Mike Stevens registered two inteceptions, six tackles (four solo) and two pass deflections. Arrion Springs and Jack Tocho chipped in with their own picks.

Defenders discuss defeat

“Give all the credit to LA. But this is not the moment to hang our heads or to get frustrated. This is pro football. It’s time to respond.”

Defenders head coach Pep Hamilton

"It’s not about how bad you lose, but how you respond. We won’t allow each other to give up. Everyone can blame LA for what we are about to do to the rest of the league.”

Defenders QB Cardale Jones

DEFENDERS-WILDCATS PHOTOS

Up Next: Week 4

  • The Wildcats will take a cross-country road trip to face the New York Guardians (1-2): Saturday, Feb. 29, 2 p.m. ET on ABC.
  • DC heads south to visit the Tampa Bay Vipers (0-3): Sunday, March 1, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

More Week 3: HOU 34, TB 27  |  DAL 24, SEA 12  |  STL 29, NY 9