Guardians Fall to 1-1 After Losing to Rival Defenders
WASHINGTON D.C. - After holding the Tampa Bay Vipers to just three points in week one, the New York Guardians received similar treatment during their visit to Audi Field. The Guardians were held scoreless in their week two match-up vs. the D.C. Defenders as they fell to 1-1 after losing 27-0. The Defenders improve to 2-0 and now sit atop the Eastern Conference.
Cardale Jones led the Defenders to the 27-point victory with 276 yards passing, two touchdowns and a QB rating of 91.7. Rashad Ross and DeAndre Thompkins combined for 187 yards on 10 receptions. Marquise Williams, who replaced Matt McGloin in the fourth quarter, led the Guardians with 51 yards passing and Mekale McKay led the team in receiving for the 2nd straight week with 30 yards. Tim Cook handled the ball 10 times for 39 yards in the loss.
After the game, Gilbride spoke to the media and expressed his displeasure, "I'm disappointed with how we played, and that's on me... When you play as poorly as we did today, one of two things is going to happen. You will either recognize that this wasn't good enough and you're going to dig down deeper and you're going to rally each other and inspire each other... Or you splinter apart." Gilbride continued, "I thought they (Guardians defense) played inspired football, it's not wasted. The effort that was put forth... it was quite an example of how to go about your business... Knowing the character that was demonstrated today, I would be very very surprised if we don't rally around each other and come back ready to play next week."
The Guardians will visit St. Louis next week to take on the BattleHawks in the team's home opener while D.C. will fly cross-country to take on the Los Angeles Wildcats on Sunday, February 23.
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