The first half of the game between the New York Guardians and the Dallas Renegades showcased good defensive play. After one half of play, both teams were tied at six apiece. The second half became a bad dream for Dallas as the Guardians ran away with a 30-12 win on the road. New York improves its record to 3-2 while Dallas falls to 2-3 on the season. It’s a game that helps the Guardians in their second-half run while Dallas is faced with multiple questions.
New York Guardians
This wouldn’t be a game that you would classify as a dominant performance by quarterback Luis Perez, but he has a lot of confidence. Perez won his second start of the season, which should put him in the driver seat as the starter for the rest of the season. The New York rushing attack was fun to watch on display. Justin Stockton emerged for the first time this season as he ran five times for 41 yards. Darius Victor also ran the ball well for an additional 58 yards.
Perez was comfortable with three primary receivers as Colby Pearson had a big 80-yard touchdown catch in the second half to put the game out of reach. Mekale McKay played a significant factor as he made some big catches in the game. Teo Redding also played well using his size to beat the Renegades defenders on some plays. Outside of some big pass plays, the receivers did have some trouble getting open points of the game.
New York’s defense had an exceptional game. It might be the unit’s best performance of the season. Their dominating defensive line continued their strong performance as they pressured Philip Nelson multiple times. The Dallas running game never got any big plays going thanks to the front seven of New York. Three turnovers were created to make life tough for Dallas. Overall, the Guardians’ defense made Dallas look bad in front of their home crowd.
It’s a tough pill to swallow for Dallas as the offense once again struggled to produce a touchdown with Philip Nelson under center. He started the first half well and outperformed Luis Perez. He struggled mightily in the second half missing on passes and turning the ball over. The running game never produced much as the team had only 14 rushing attempts. Flynn Negal had the most consistent success for the team, with Donald Parham and Freddie Martino having big catches.
Defensively, it wasn’t a terrible game for the unit as they have kept the Renegades in a lot of games this season. Josh Hawkins got a big interception in the game to keep Dallas in the game. The Renegades secondary allowed too many big plays to help move the Guardians move down the field. The rush defense has been inconsistent for parts of the season as they allowed 144 yards on the ground. They did hold Perez to only completing 53 percent of his passes. Dallas has a lot to fix before their next game as they head to DC to play the Defenders.
New York Guardians
Luis Perez (Passing): 16-30, 229 yards one touchdown and one interception
Darius Victor/Justin Stockton (Rushing): 20 carries, 99 yards combined
Colby Pearson (Receiving): five catches, 95 yards, one touchdown
Philip Nelson (Passing): 28-49, 210 yards and two interceptions
Cameron Artis-Payne (Rushing): six carries, 25 yards
Flynn Nagel (Receiving): seven catches, 46 yards
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