Houston Roughnecks Fall to Michigan Panthers 34-20


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

The Houston Roughnecks (0-3) remain winless after a road trip to Detroit where they faced the Michigan Panthers (2-1) on Sunday. Despite a promising start, Houston couldn't overcome a strong Michigan offense led by quarterback E.J. Perry.

Early Spark for Houston

Filling in for the injured Jarrett Guarantano, Roughnecks quarterback Reid Sinnett started hot, completing his first four passes and rushing for a one-yard touchdown. However, Michigan answered back with a field goal and a rushing touchdown by Perry to take a 9-8 lead in the second quarter.

Defensive Stalemate and Second-Half Slide

Both defenses tightened up in the second quarter, with the only points coming from field goals by each team. The score remained close at halftime, 12-11 in favor of Michigan.

The second half saw the Panthers pull away. Perry connected with wide receiver Marcus Simms for a 66-yard touchdown pass. While Houston managed a field goal to cut the lead to six, Michigan tacked on two more rushing touchdowns to extend their advantage to 34-14.

Late Touchdown Not Enough

A touchdown reception by Justin Hall in the fourth quarter wasn't enough for a Roughnecks comeback. The final score remained 34-20 in favor of the Michigan Panthers.

Looking Ahead

The Roughnecks return home next Sunday, April 21st, to face the winless Arlington Renegades (0-3) at Rice Stadium. The game will be televised on FS1 with a 1 p.m. CT kickoff.

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