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KEVS TAKE: Orlando Guardians First Home Game Win Spoiled by Brahmas

Kevyn Bryant II

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The Orlando home team will have to wait another week to see if their new XFL hometown football team can pick up a win.

The Orlando Guardians played their first-ever home game at Camping World Stadium against the San Antonio Brahmas on Sunday. Unfortunately, it was not the best day for the Guardians as they would lose to the San Antonio Brahmas 30-12. The Orlando Guardians fell to 0-2 on the season.

The San Antonio Brahmas would get off to a quock start as QB Jack Coan would cap off an opening drive early on in the 1st quarter with a 3-yard TD pass to TE Deon Yelder.

However, the Orlando Guardians would strike back quickly on the next drive. QB Paxton Lynch of the Guardians would cap off the ensuing drive with a 8 yard TD pass to Eli Rogers. It was Paxton Lynch’s only TD pass of the day. The opening drive was sparked by a 38 yard run by Orlando Guardian RB Jah-Maine Martin. Jah-Maine Martin’s run was the longest overall run in the XFL this season.

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The defensive line for the Orlando Guardians put up a good fight in the first half as they held the Brahmas rushing attack to -7 yards. Additionally, they had 7 tackles-for loss in the 1st half.

Many would think that the quick response by the Guardians after the initial TD by the Brahmas would be a sign that this would be a competitive game. However, it would turn out not to be the case.

The Brahmas would end up scoring 21 unsanswered points. With time winding down in the 1st half, Brahmas QB Jack Coan would find TE Alize Mack in the end zone for a nineteen yard TD to put the Brahmas up 12-6. Soon after, Coan would find T.J Vasher for the one-point conversion to make it 13-6.

 

The Orlando Guardians were unable to make the necessary adjustments at halftime. Thus, the San Antonio Brahmas would strike again just after the nine-minute mark of the third quarter.

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Jack Coan would throw a 21 yard strike to Jalen Toliver for his 3rd touchdown pass. The Brahmas would convert another uccessful one point conversion to make it 20-6.

Things would go from bad to worse for the Orlando Guardians. Not only was the ensuing possession unsuccessful, their 4th down punt ended up being blocked by the Brahmas.

The Brahmas would capitalize on the blocked punt with a touchdown on the next drive. This would come courtesy of a 1-yard TD by Brahma RB Jon Hillman.

The Guardians would finally break their scoring drought early into the 4th quarter thanks to an 80-yard drive that took almost nine minutes. This drive was led by Guardians backup QB DeAndre Francois as Paxton Lynch was benched.

DeAndre Francois ended up finding Cody Latimer for a 4 yard TD drive to cut the Brahma lead to 27-12. However, the game was pretty much decided at that point.

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The Brahmas ended up tacking on another field goal later on in the 4th to make the score 30-12.

If there is one word to describe the Orlando Guardians’s offense, that word would be inefficient. The Guardians had more plays on offense than the Brahmas. They even had more third down conversions than the Brahmas.

Yet, they were still outgained in terms of yardage by the Brahmas 210 to 175. 175 yards on 56 offensive plays is not a good sign. They had 1 turnover while the Brahmas had a turnover-free day.

And as far as penalties go, the Orlando Guardians had a whopping 13 penalties!

Yikes.

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In spite of the loss, Guardians head coach Terrell Buckley felt that the team was headed in the right direction.

Clearly, this team is a work in progress.

Their defensive line is a strength, yet their linebacking corps and secondary is questionable at this point.

There’s no doubt that the Guardians have more than a few options at WR/TE. In spite of the fact that the team has less than passing yards, 8 different receivers caught passes for the Guardians.

The major issue for the Orlando Guardians is at the QB position. Paxton Lynch’s career comeback has gotten off to a rough start. He has now been benched in the 1st 2 games of his XFL career.

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XFL POST SEASON: Guardians sign NFL Contracts; Rookie Draft Day

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GUARDIANS HEAD TO THE NFL

This week, Charleston Rambo (WR) and Jordan Thomas (TE) became the first Orlando Guardians to make it to the NFL, following successful pro football debuts in the XFL. Rangy, and flashy during his lone season at the University of Miami, Rambo has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, following his 35 receptions for 430 yards and three touchdowns while playing Orlando.

Meanwhile, Thomas joins the Carolina Panthers. A tall and strong playmaker, you might remember Jordan for going viral while catching touchdowns Orlando’s strong-armed punter. Big plays aside, Carolina gains a consistent and dependable weapon for their young, newly-drafted franchise quarterback.

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In the midst of a post-season that has already seen Orlando Guardians’ stars Cody Letimer, and Caeveon Patton named to all-XFL teams for standout individual performances, NFL scouts have made their interest in Orlando talent clear.


XFL DRAFT DAY IS A MONTH AWAY

A statement from the XFL Communications Department has confirmed the date of upcoming XFL Rookie Draft. Next month, talent prospects who were eligible for this year’s NFL draft are invited to declare, as long as, they are not currently under contract.

Additionally, XFL decision makers have increased team roster limits from 51 to 90, creating more opportunities for potential stars. This news is especially interesting, following the controversy that embroiled the entire NFL draft itself. Talented prospects like Bethune-Cookman’s Kemari Averett, once overlooked by NFL scouts, now look forward to making a positive first impression on pro-football analysis, and commentators alike.

With the the crowning of the inaugural XFL Champions, all eyes now look to June 14th.

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Struggles and Uncertainty: A Recap of the Orlando Guardians’ Inaugural XFL Season

Kevyn Bryant II

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As much as it pains me to say this, it is safe to say that the Orlando Guardians’ inaugural season in the newest version of the XFL was not a successful one at all.  Many fans that witnessed this season may agree that calling the Guardians’s season unsuccessful would be describing it in the nicest way possible.

Led by coach Terrell Buckley, the Orlando Guardians were never able to sustain any sort of momentum.  They ended up being the worst team in a XFL South division that wasn’t so great overall. The division had three teams that finished under .500.   The Orlando Guardians finished with a brutal record of 1-9.

The season got off to an ominous start with a 33-12 loss to the Houston Roughnecks.  The Houston Roughnecks got out to a 21-6 lead at halftime and never looked back.   Another ominous sign of things to come was the fact that there was uncertainty at the QB position.

Even though Paxton Lynch started the game at QB, he would be taken out in favor of QB Quentin Normady that would end up finishing the game.  Normady would actually end up putting up better passing statistics than Lynch overall at the end of the game.

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During the Guardians’ 30-12 loss to the San Antonio Brahmas, Paxton Lynch would be taken out again in favor of DeAndre Francois.  In effect, two major issues were taking shape for the Guardians: Poor defense and uncertainty at the QB position.

It didn’t help that QB DeAndre Francois was caught telling his teammates to shut the f*** up while being mic’ed up.

Things would spiral out of control record-wise for the Orlando Guardians as they would end up starting the season 0-6.  Even though the Guardians’ defense played better in Week 3, Paxton Lynch could not guide the Guardians to victory in a 10-9 loss to the Arlington Renegades.

After the Orlando Guardians were blown out 44-16 by the Houston Roughnecks in Week 4, Terrell Buckley made a switch at QB for Week 5 and ended up giving Quentin Normady the starting job.

Three weeks later, the move would end up being the main catalyst to the Guardians’ 1st and only win of the season.  In Week 7, the Orlando Guardians would pull off a stunning upset of the powerhouse DC Defenders.   It was the biggest upset of the XFL Season.  The Guardians picked up the only win of the season by giving the DC Defenders the only loss of their season.

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In that game, Quinten Dormady had his finest moments of the season and justified Buckley’s move to make him the starter.  He was 27 of 34 for 328 yards and 3 touchdowns.

However, the Guardians would go winless the rest of the season.  Fittingly, the season ended with them being shellacked by the St Louis Battlehawks 53-28.

In terms of what the Guardians need to do, it’s clear that extensive changes are needed on the defensive side of the ball.  The Guardians were last in the league in points allowed as they allowed a league-worst 31.0 PPG.

The Guardians will have to start with improving their secondary.  They were the 2nd worst team in the league with 242.2 yards allowed per game.   Thus, this has to be their greatest priority.   After that, they will need to shore up their defensive line and linebacking corps. The Guardians were ranked near the bottom of the league with regards to rushing yards allowed per game.  Additionally, the Guardians need to shore up their running game. The Guardians were ranked in the lower half of the league in terms of running.

In the not-too-distant future, the Guardians can’t do much worse than 1-9. If the front office places a particular focus on improving the defense and shoring up their running game.  I can see the Guardians improving their record by a few games next season.  Quinten Dormady’s progress as QB will play a big role in terms of how much the teams improve.

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On a league-wide level, the league’s future isn’t looking too bright when you consider the brutal ratings slide over the course of the season.

In Week 1, 3 of the 4 games had over 1,000,000+ viewers.  Unfortunately, the XFL had only 2 games that averaged over 1,000,000 viewers for the rest of the season.  The ratings for the XFL playoffs did not meet expectations either.  Therefore, the ratings for the XFL Championship will play an important role in determining the audience’s current perception of the league.

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“Vegas Strikes Again: A Nail-Biting Recap of the Guardians’ Epic Rally Gone Sour”

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The Orlando Guardians put up their highest points of the season with five touchdowns, but were still unable to defeat the Vipers, who took the win with a 35-32 score at Cashman Field. The Orlando Guardians (0-5) are now half way to becoming the first XFL or USFL football team to end up losing every game in a single season. On a positive note one of the biggest improvements was from Latimer with 1TD, and 124 yards and a very positive production from QB Quinten Dormady with 256 yards, 2 TD passes and no interceptions.

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The Guardians started off the game with a 67 yard drive and Quinton Flowers concluding it with a one-yard quarterback sneak. With a successful one-point conversion by Jah-Maine Martin, the Guardians took the lead 7-0.

Vegas answered with their own touchdown from a 35-yard pass from Luis Perez to Jeff Badet and a two-point conversion from Perez to Rod Smith, putting the Vipers ahead 8-7. Vegas increased their lead to 17-7 in the second quarter, with Sean Price catching a three-yard pass from Perez and a 39-yard field goal.

Orlando cut their deficit to 17-13 before halftime with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Quinten Dormady to Charleston Rambo.

Vegas started the third quarter with a 53-yard drive, with Smith scoring a one-yard touchdown to make it 23-13. The Guardians responded with a two-yard rush by Martin, bringing Orlando within four, 23-19. Smith scored another one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to extend Vegas’ lead to 29-19.

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The Guardians responded with a two-yard touchdown from Devin Darrington and a one-point conversion run from Darrington, narrowing the deficit to 29-26. The Vipers increased their lead to 35-26 with a 25-yard pass from Perez to Badet, but the Guardians responded with a 45-yard touchdown pass from Dormady to Cody Latimer, making it 35-32. Orlando failed to convert a 3-point conversion that would have tied the game, and their final chance for possession was thwarted by a sack and two penalties. Dormady finished the game 22-of-25 passing for 256 yards and two touchdowns, while Perez completed 20 of 28 throws for 269 yards.

CAN WE GET A WIN

It’s been a tough first season for the home team. The Orlando Guardians are now the lowest-ranked team in the league. It seems some real magic was figured out in the quarterback position with a successful passing game from Dormady. It’s now time to take all of these losses and come back swinging. Let’s go Guardians!

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