Final update: Los Angeles switched things up by kicking off the fourth quarter with McClendon, who threw an interception on his second pass. Kanoff returned shortly after but didn’t produce much before he was knocked out of the game with an injury. Kanoff finished with 214 passing yards and one passing touchdown. He also threw one interception. Walker continued to be ambitious through the air and threw for 272 passing yards and four scores. He also notched one interception down the stretch, but at that point the Roughnecks were up 37-17. That ended up being the final score.
Third quarter update: Kanoff was relatively quiet in the third quarter. He threw an interception and Los Angeles wasn’t able to score. Walker notched his fourth touchdown pass of the day to Kahlil Lewis and extended Houston’s lead to 26-17. He’s connected with four different players for scores.
Halftime update: Kanoff threw his first touchdown pass of the night to Jordan Smallwood midway through the second quarter. He failed on a conversion attempt but gave his team a 14-6 lead. Walker responded by connecting with running back James Butler on a screen bass, bringing the score to 14-12. He went on to throw another touchdown pass before the break to Sam Mobley after Los Angeles put three points in the board with a field goal. Kanoff is 16-of-24 passing with 217 yards. Walker is 11-of-22 passing with 173 yards through the air and has thrown for three scores.
The Los Angeles Wildcats and Houston Roughnecks are facing off in the second game of the XFL’s 2020 season Saturday. They’ll follow up the season opener between the DC Defenders and Seattle Dragons. Quarterback play made a big difference in the first game of the year, and we’ll be breaking down how the starting signal callers perform in this contest here:
Josh Johnson is expected to be the Wildcats’ long-term starter, but he was ruled out because of a thigh injury ahead of Week 1. Jalan McClendon and Charles Kanoff were both in the running to start against Houston, but Kanoff won out in the end. Both could be utilized against the Roughnecks though. Kanoff had a modest first quarter and completed four of his seven passing attempts for 47 yards. He also scored on a five yard rush to give his team an 8-6 lead ahead of the second quarter.
P.J. Walker barley edged out Connor Cook in Houston’s starting quarterback battle. He completed six of his 10 first quarter throws and tallied one score through the air. He connected with Cam Phillips on a 50-yard touchdown strike.