Football season isn’t over folks.
The D.C. Defenders, whose roster includes former Ohio State players Cardale Jones, Doran Grant and Tracy Sprinkle, won the first game of the new XFL on Saturday. The Defenders faced the Seattle Dragons in their season opener and earned a 31-19 win, led by 291 passing yards and two touchdown passes from Jones.
Cardale Jones turns a trick play into his first XFL touchdown pass. https://t.co/ipYQUF9M8U— Eleven Warriors (@11W) February 8, 2020
CAAAAARRRRDALE JONES, FOLKSpic.twitter.com/CNboHL5I8q— Eleven Warriors (@11W) February 8, 2020
Jones felt the love from Defenders fans right away, as "MVP!" chants directed toward him quickly erupted in the stadium during the opening drive of the game.
DC fans already hitting Cardale Jones with the M-V-P! M-V-P! chant one drive into his career. pic.twitter.com/LCHmWEfEtT— Eleven Warriors (@11W) February 8, 2020
On the defensive side of the ball, Grant had two tackles while Sprinkle had one assisted tackle and a quarterback hurry.
The Defenders have a chance to continue their momentum next Saturday at 2 p.m., when they will play the New York Guardians at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. The game will once again be televised on ABC.
Jones, Grant and Sprinkle are the only three Buckeyes currently in the XFL, which features eight teams.