Abram Smith, Defenders trample Battlehawks in XFL 2023

When he was young, Abram Smith wanted to quit football because getting tackled was no fun.

His mom told Smith that he should be the hammer and not the nail.

Smith went on to play at Baylor and now stands out for the undefeated DC Defenders in the XFL.

On Saturday, Smith continued to pound St. Louis as DC won its fifth straight game, 28-20.

Smith rushed for 217 yards and 3 touchdowns. Smith had runs of 62 and 5 yards in the second quarter as the Defenders built a 14-3 lead.

He added a 70-yarder in the third quarter.

The Defenders went ahead 28-12 in the fourth quarter on a 10-yard run by D’Eriq King.

St. Louis cut the deficit to 28-20 on AJ McCarron’s 50-yard TD pass and 2-point conversion with 4:19 remaining.

The Battlehawks had a chance to tie, or win, the game with two minutes remaining.

On a 3rd and 2, McCarron was sacked and the Battlehawks faced a 4th and 10 with 1:20 to play.

McCarron found Brian Hill on the sideline and the halfback ran down the sidelines before going out with a first down.

Hill then caught another pass for 11 yards and another first down.

However, the Battlehawks’ comeback died on the next play when defenseman DB Michael Joseph made his fourth interception of the season.

Up next for the undefeated Defenders is a home game a week from Monday against the Houston Roughnecks (4-1).


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