Week 6 Scores and Best Twitter Reaction from Sunday
Week 6 of the 2023 XFL season got off to an intriguing start on Saturday as the Seattle Sea Dragons narrowly edged the winless Orlando Guardians in a 26-19 contest. Game two on Saturday was a lot more one-sided as the St. Louis Battlehawks bowled the Vegas Vipers 29-6.
The action picked up again on Sunday afternoon when the Arlington Renegades hosted the San Antonio Brahmas.
This was a crucial XFL South matchup. At 3-2, the Renegades were trying to cement themselves as the No. 2 team in the division behind the 4-1 Houston Roughnecks. At 1-4, the Brahmas were just trying to keep their playoff hopes alive.
These two teams met a week ago, with Arlington taking the win on the road. The desperate Brahmas got a little revenge on Sunday.
Brahma 15, apostates 9
The Brahmas came on the board first with a 16-yard field goal from John Romo. That was the only goal in a first quarter largely dominated by defense.
Both teams struggled to move the ball early. In the case of San Antonio, it wasn’t a total surprise. San Antonio was without quarterback Jack Coan (ankle), utilizing the tandem of Jawon Pass and recently acquired Kurt Benkert.
However, the Brahmas defense made things difficult for Arlington as well.
It was San Antonio’s defense that provided the first touchdown of the game. Renegades quarterback Drew Plitt was released late in the second quarter, and linebacker Jordan Williams snatched the ball and returned it four yards for a touchdown.
The Brahmas’ two-point conversion attempt fell short, but San Antonio still secured a 9-0 lead.
San Antonio took that lead—along with all that momentum going into halftime.
Pass and Benkert were a combined 7-of-13 for just 66 yards in the first half, and Pass (7-of-10) accounted for all completions. However, the duo performed no worse than Arlington’s tandem.
Plitt and Kyle Sloter were a combined 7-of-13 for just 33 yards. It was a great half for the Brahmas defense and a very disappointing one for the home team.
Things changed dramatically in the third quarter.
Arlington finally got on the board with their opening third-quarter drive. The drive was marked by running back De’Veon Smith and was crowned by Taylor Russolino with a field goal from 53 yards.
The Renegades capitalized on the momentum of the following series when Donald Payne defeated Benkert in the San Antonio area.
Smith immediately snapped up a 15-yard run to start the post-turnover drive. A few plays later, Plitt delivered a 16-yard smash to Lujuan Winningham for a touchdown.
Winningham has incredibly packed the game on one of the highlights of the weekend so far – if not the catch – of the XFL season.
While Arlington’s one-point attempt was unsuccessful, the Renegades’ ability to turn a nine-point deficit into a tied ballgame less than halfway through the quarter was tremendous and helped energize the home crowd.
The two teams traded punts to end the third quarter, maintain the 9-9 tie and help set up a potentially exciting ending.
San Antonio had a very promising drive in the fourth quarter, aided by a 41-yard pass interference penalty that faltered at Arlington’s 27-yard line. However, the Brahmas were able to take the lead when Romo’s 45-yard attempt split the posts.
Arlington responded with a great drive of his own, hitting the ball with running back Leddie Brown and getting a chunk play on a 47-yard pass from Plitt to JaVonta Payton.
Unfortunately for the Renegades, Russolino’s 36-yard field goal attempt was far right, allowing San Antonio to maintain their narrow lead. The Brahmas added after driving into Arlington territory and receiving a 56-yard field goal from Romo.
Arlington made it into San Antonio territory but had just 14 seconds left when it hit the ball at the 46-yard line. Plitt struggled to beat the game clock in the following game and was picked off by Tenny Adewusi to seal victory for the Brahmas.
Plitt led the four quarterbacks with 163 yards and a touchdown but also had the game sealing pick. Brahma’s running back Jacques Patrick led all running backs with 82 rushing yards while Smith led all players with 49 receiving yards.
Fans on social media appeared to be enjoying another close contest, although some seemed frustrated by Arlington’s disappointing result.
Week 6 concludes on Monday night with one of the most anticipated games of the season. The undefeated defenders will host the roughnecks with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN+.