Seattle Sea Dragons win fifth consecutive game in Arlington against Renegades 24 to 15
Coming into Friday night, Seattle was 4-2 on the season with a current four-game winning streak. Arlington Renegades lost their week 6 matchup against the San Antonio Brahmas evening their record 3-3. Before the Renegades travel for the next two road games, they welcomed the Sea Dragons of Seattle for Friday night football under the lights.
The Sea Dragons’ helmets shined under the lights for a spring evening in Arlington. For the 1st quarter, Sea Dragons quarterback Ben Dinucci seemed in total control resulting in a successful 44-yard field goal to give Seattle a 3-0 lead with 9:27 left in the 1st quarter. The Renegades answered quickly with several catches made by tight end, Sal Cannella to set up a 36-yard field that tied the game 3 to 3. Friday evening showed many patterns for the Sea Dragons offense. The most important trend was that the Renegades defense had a very hard time slowing down the Seattle offense. Opening the 2nd quarter, Seattle put together a drive that included multiple quarterback scrambles by quarterback, Ben Dinucci, to take a 6 to 3 lead with a 33-yard field goal. Late in the 2nd quarter resulted in Sea Dragons separating themselves with a 2-yard touchdown rush by running back, Darius Bradwell and adding a 1-point conversion to lead 13 to 3 with 5:00 left in the half.
Arlington Renegades staggered on offense with several dropped balls and penalties to halt opportunities. With 1:55 left in the 2nd quarter, Renegades had timely first downs by wide receiver, LuJuan Winningham and rushes by Leddie Brown. Resulting in the drive, Renegades scored a 1-yard touchdown rush by DeVeon Smith to cut the lead 13 to 9 with a failed 1-point conversion. Without blinking, the Sea Dragons were right back on the attack, putting together a drive that resulted in a 24-yard touchdown to former NFL wide receiver, Josh Gordon, for a highlight catch in addition to a successful 2-yard conversion to take full momentum into halftime with a 21 to 9 lead.
The third quarter had zero scoring opportunities for either team. The fourth quarter contributed a field goal by Seattle to extend the lead 24 to 9. With just 2:17 left in the game, Arlington Renegades added a 4-yard rushing touchdown by DeVeon Smith to close the lead 24 to 15. Renegades could not stop the Sea Dragons and ran out of time and were not able to stop the clock defensively. The official attendance for tonight’s game was 11,032 and the XFL will be grateful for those that attended with Arlington being a highly populated area due to the opener of their baseball team and Taylor Swift concert across the street at the AT&T Stadium. Seattle Sea Dragons will host undefeated D.C. Defenders on April 9th, while the Arlington Renegades travel to Orlando to play the Guardians on April 8th.