Los Vegas, NV—–The Vegas Vipers played sixty minutes of football to down the San Antonio Brahmas (2-5) 26-12 on Saturday at Cashman Field. It was the Vipers second win of the season.
After the bad loss, Brahmas coach Hines Ward said his team needs to get back to the basics.
The Vipers (2-5) made a few changes of their own this week, including one at quarterback and it worked out for them immensely.
The San Antonio Brahmas moved the ball 73-yards down the field on six plays on its initial drive, which was capped off when quarterback Kurt Benkert threw a fade to wide out Fred Brown for a one-yard touchdown, putting San Antonio on the top with an early 6-0 lead. Benkert made his first start of the XFL season.
Vegas answered quickly with quarterback Jalan McClendon completed check down pass to tight end Sean Price, who stiff-armed some San Antonio defenders for a 33-yard touchdown. After the score, McClendon hit tight end Cam Sutton for the two-point conversion giving Vegas an 8-6 lead.
Early in the second quarter, Vipers Bailey Giffen kicked a 39-yard field goal extending the lead to 11-6. On the ensuing kickoff, San Antonio’s Brown ran his through tacklers en route to a 96-yard kick return touchdown, which was the first kickoff returned for a score this year in the XFL, giving the Brahmas a 12-11 lead.
The Viper went back down the field in seven plays when running back Rod Smith caught a short pass and leaped over a defender into the endzone for a score. McClendon hit Price for a the two-point conversion to give Vegas a 19-12 lead going into the break.
“It was just disappointing. We had mistakes all over the football field,” Ward said. “We have to get back to football 101 and if I have to take some privileges away from these players than I got to do so.