It was a triumphant return for the St. Louis Battlehawks as they played their first home game in the XFL’s comeback season. The team’s home opener drew a crowd of over 38,000 fans to The Dome at America’s Center, and the Battlehawks did not disappoint, delivering a 24-11 victory over the Arlington Renegades.
Quarterback A.J. McCarron was the standout performer for the Battlehawks, completing 20 of his 27 passes for 214 yards, including two touchdown passes. Running back Brian Hill also had a strong showing, racking up 115 all-purpose yards and scoring a 15-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
The Battlehawks got on the scoreboard first, thanks to Donny Hageman’s 28-yard field goal with just under six minutes remaining in the opening quarter. The Renegades responded with a field goal of their own in the second quarter, but the Battlehawks quickly regained the lead as McCarron orchestrated a four-minute drive that ended with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Darrius Shepherd.
The Renegades managed to narrow the gap with a field goal early in the third quarter, but the Battlehawks quickly re-established their dominance. Hill’s touchdown run extended their lead to 17-6, and McCarron’s second touchdown pass of the game – this time to De’Mornay Pierson-El – put the game out of reach for the Renegades.
The Battlehawks defense was also a key factor in the victory, holding the Renegades to just one touchdown and sacking their quarterback four times. The team’s strong performance was met with cheers from their passionate fan base, who celebrated the return of professional football to St. Louis in style.
With their first home win under their belt, the Battlehawks will now turn their attention to their next game as they continue their quest for the XFL championship.