Roughnecks Fall Short Despite Early Lead Against D.C.


Written by: MAi' Ghen Storm | Photo credit: B. Keith Crear III, SFL Staff

The Houston Roughnecks remain winless after a close 23-18 defeat to the D.C. Defenders on Sunday. While the Roughnecks fought hard on the road, key injuries hampered their efforts.

Cornerback Corn Elder got Houston off to a strong start with a 98-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter. However, the Defenders responded with a touchdown of their own to tie the game.

The scoring went back and forth throughout the first half. Kicker J.J. Molson connected on a 51-yard field goal for Houston, but D.C. answered with a touchdown pass from quarterback Jordan Ta'amu. Molson responded with another field goal just before halftime to keep the score knotted at 12-12.

Starting quarterback Jarrett Guarantano suffered a back injury and was replaced by Reid Sinnett in the third quarter. Sinnett found wide receiver Keke Chism for a 34-yard touchdown, putting the Roughnecks back in front. Unfortunately, linebacker Reuben Foster also left the game with an injury later in the third.

The Defenders clawed their way back with a field goal from kicker Matt McCrane, then took the lead for good on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Ta'amu to Ty Scott in the fourth quarter.

Despite the loss, the Roughnecks will look to turn things around next week when they travel to Detroit to face the Michigan Panthers on Sunday, April 14th at 11 am.

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