Battlehawks rally to 21-17 overtime win versus rival Vipers

The St. Louis Battlehawks have built a knack for come-from-behind wins, arguably one of their best coming Saturday against the rival Vegas Vipers.



The Battlehawks overcame a double-digit deficit, forced overtime with a last-minute field goal and secured the victory behind running back Brian Hill’s heroics. St. Louis defeated the Vegas Vipers, 21-17, for their sixth victory of the XFL season.

Vegas scored the first 11 points to open the game and led 17-8 midway through the fourth quarter. Within the game’s final five minutes, the Battlehawks answered with a touchdown and connected for a field goal with 15 seconds left in regulation.

The XFL’s overtime rules, structured much like the shootout in the NHL, gave the Vipers and Battlehawks limited opportunities to convert a scoring play from the five-yard line. Metro East native Brian Hill rushed to the end zone on the Battlehawks’ second try and secured the victory. Many teammates celebrated moments later by jumping into the stands with fans.

The Battlehawks outlasted Vegas without starting quarterback A.J. McCarron, who was rested after taking a hard hit last weekend. Nick Tiano started the game, though Sterling Hofrichter took over in the fourth quarter and found Gary Jennnings for a late, but crucial 64-yard touchdown.

St. Louis drew tens of thousands of fans once again to the Dome At America’s Center and improve to 6-2 in their second iteration. The Battlehawks host two more home games to close the regular season slate.


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