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Rebels in the Pros: DeMarquis Gates saves the day, Jordan Ta’amu remains dialed in

Both are making strong cases for NFL tryouts in 2020.

Houston Roughnecks v Dallas Renegades Photo by Thomas Campbell/XFL via Getty Images

Our beautiful son, Jordan Ta’amu, is taking over the XFL. That is all. That’s the intro.

St. Louis BattleHawks 23, Seattle Dragons 16

Jordan Ta’amu had his biggest game of the season as the Battlehawks kept pace atop the XFL’s East division. The future NFL Star was 20-for-27 for 264 yards passing and rushed for 63 more on 16 carries. He keeps playing well and St. Louis keeps proving they’re the league’s best hope to stop the juggernaut team from Houston.

Ta’amu now leads the XFL in total yards gained with 1,062 in just four games. He’s also a big reason the team is considering opening the upper deck for the upcoming March 21st game against the LA Wildcats.

Houston Roughnecks 27, Dallas Renegades 20

DeMarquis Gates had another big week, and Houston won another game. With the game in the balance, trailing by seven at the two minute warning, Dallas marched down to the Houston three-yard line before a Renegade fumble was recovered by Gates. That’s his third takeaway of the season and it helped clinch the victory for the second week in a row.

They’re now 4-0 on the season and they’re lead by MVP co-favorite (along with Ta’amu) PJ Walker. Gates was second on the team with eight tackles in week four, and he now leads the team with 28 tackles on the season.

Tampa Bay Vipers 25, DC Defenders 0

It’s been difficult finding indivisible grades for the Tampa Bay offense. So difficult that it probably doesn’t exist. Either way, Daronte Bouldin is playing and the Vipers got their first win of the season. We’d mentioned that Tampa’s offense was playing much better—they’d out shined their previous two opponents in yards per play—but couldn’t score. That changed in a big way against a DC team that looks to be reeling after starting 2-0. The Vipers gained 477 yards on 80 plays and held DC to just 107 total yards.

Tampa gained 211 through the air and 266 on the ground. Like in any football league, a strong run game and a balanced passing attack will win you a lot of games.

This week’s schedule:

Who: Seattle at Houston
When: Saturday, 1:00pm CST

Who: St. Louis at D.C.
When: Sunday, 2:00pm CST

Who: Tampa Bay at Los Angeles
When: Sunday, 8:00pm CST