The first weekend of XFL play is in the books and several players that played their high school and college football in Western Pennsylvania made good first impressions on the league’s opening weekend.
Pitt grad Dewayne Hendrix had two tackles, a quarterback hurry, a tackle for loss and a sack for the St. Louis Battlehawks in their 15-9 win over the Dallas Renegades.
@XFLBattleHawks defense is looking hungry early.
Dewayne Hendrix comes up with a big sack on the opening drive. pic.twitter.com/hgB28pDSHo
— XFL Moment (@XFLMoment) February 9, 2020
Hendrix spent his first season of pro football bouncing around NFL practice squads with the Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears.
The St. Louis team is full of local connections, including Imani Christian grad Kenny Robinson. Robinson left West Virginia after two seasons and is using his time in the XFL to prepare for the 2020 NFL Draft. He had five tackles and nearly had an interception while starting at free safety.
Chartiers Valley and Duquesne alum Christian Kuntz made one tackle for Dallas.
Aliquippa’s Dravon Askew-Henry made five tackles, including one on special teams and broke up a pass for the New York Guardians in a 23-2 win over the Tampa Bay Vipers at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday.
On the other side of that game, Robert Morris alum Marcelis Branch led the Vipers with five tackles from his starting safety spot.
Pitt and Belle Vernon alum Dorian Johnson started at left guard for the DC Defenders, while Carnegie Mellon’s Brian Khoury made one special teams tackle as the Defenders downed Seattle, 31-19.
Former Pitt wide receiver Adonis Jennings made one catch for 10 yards on three targets for the Los Angeles Wildcats in their 37-17 loss to the Houston Roughnecks.
Next week, DC hosts New York and Tampa Bay visits Seattle on Saturday, while Dallas goes to Los Angeles and St. Louis makes the trip to Houston on Sunday.