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Recap: New York Guardians 30, Dallas Renegades 12

NEW YORK GUARDIANS 30, DALLAS RENEGADES 12

Week 5: HOU 32, SEA 23 | DC 15, STL 9 | LA 41, TB 34

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The XFL's Week 5 Saturday nightcap had a quiet first half and start to the third quarter, but that was quickly forgotten in the second half.

The New York Guardians (3-2) scored 21 straight points after the break to win 30-12 at the Dallas Renegades (2-3).

Marquise Williams two-yard run, a Colby Pearson 80-yard catch-and-run, and a Ryan Mueller 33-yard interception return all gave New York touchdowns to help them dominate at Globe Life Park.

Dallas struggled to generate big plays on offense with Landry Jones (knee) inactive. Philip Nelson didn't throw a touchdown pass and was intercepted twice.

The Guardians dominated on the ground, outgaining Dallas 144-56. Darius Victor led the way with 58 yards on 16 carries.

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The Perez-to-Pearson connection changed the game flow in favor of New York:

 

The "dagger" moment arguably was Mueller's Pick-6:

The high mark for Dallas was backup RB Austin Walter's kickoff return for a touchdown -- the second special-teams return score in XFL history.

GUARDIANS COMMENT ON WIN

"We're obviously very excited about the win. I thought there were a lot of good things to build on. We’re a physical football team, and we look to establish that in every aspect.”

Guardians head coach Kevin Gilbride

"I think the more opportunities and reps you get, the better you’re gonna be. I think we did a better job offensively, just being on the same page compared to last week.”

Guardians QB Luis Perez

STATS OF THE GAME

PEAK PERFORMANCES

GUARDIANS

Cavon Walker extended his league lead in sacks to 4.5 with a pair against Dallas; he also had four QB hits, two tackles for a loss, and five combined wrap-ups. New York's pass rush prevented Nelson and Dallas from having much time to let deep plays develop.

Pearson had the game-breaking score, but Perez's tenure as the starter has allowed wideout Mekale McKay to have a bigger role as he's gotten healthier following a spring leg injury. McKay's 6-foot-3 frame has allowed him to go up for jump balls in the past two weeks; he snagged a back-shoulder fade on a touchdown in Week 4 and generally used his big frame to create space.

The run game was churning for the second straight week. This time, Justin Stockton provided standout change-up work, gaining 41 yards on five totes.

RENEGADES

Linebacker Greer Martini wrangled 10 total tackles (four solo), and cornerback Tenny Adewusi was effective on the blitz with two QB hits and one tackle for a loss to complement his nine tackles (six solo).

Renegades discuss defeat

"Austin Walter was a huge bright spot, obviously with the huge kick return. He had overall 200 yards in return yards. He was excellent. Those special team guys have really played exceptionally well.”

Renegades head coach Bob Stoops

“We just gotta execute better. Make plays. We need players to step up and make plays when opportunities present themselves.”

Renegades RB Lance Dunbar

GUARDIANS-RENEGADES PHOTOS

Up Next: Week 6

  • The Renegades will travel to face the DC Defenders (Sunday, March 15, 4 p.m. ET, FS1).
  • New York will face another tough Texas test when they host the Houston Roughnecks (Saturday, March 14, 2 p.m. ET on ABC).

Week 5: HOU 32, SEA 23 | DC 15, STL 9 | LA 41, TB 34