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Los Angeles Wildcats Lose to New York Guardians at MetLife Stadium

February 29, 2020 - XFL (XFL) - Los Angeles Wildcats News Release


NEW YORK - The Los Angeles Wildcats lost 17-14 to the New York Guardians in Week Four of the 2020 XFL Season at MetLife Stadium in their lone cross-country matchup.

Despite coming off a 39-9 defeat of the D.C. Defenders in Week Three, which stands as the most points scored in a single game by any XFL team, the Wildcats were held to six-points, 19 yards rushing and 84 yards passing in the first half.

Their second score of the game did not come until four minutes remaining in the third. WR Jordan Smallwood, who finished the night five of seven for 75 yards and a two-point conversion, drew a crucial pass interference call that kept a fourth and two drive alive. On the following play, WR Saeed Blacknall found the endzone on his first reception for LA and score tied the game 14-14.

On the next two drives, QB Josh Johnson threw his first interception of the season. The following drive, K Nick Novak's kick pushed wide right with the New Jersey wind. Those two failed drives would seal Los Angeles' loss at the Meadowlands.

QB Josh Johnson finished the night 25-for-40 with 330 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. WR Tre McBride led the team in receiving for the second straight game and went eight-for-12 with 127 yards and a score. Defensively, Ahmad Dixon led with 14 combined tackles.

The Wildcats are not alone in their cross country-woes. XFL teams that have traveled cross country are currently 0-4 -- Dragons vs. Defenders (31-19), Vipers to Dragons (17-9) and Defenders to Wildcats (39-9).

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