ARLINGTON — With their offense continuing to falter, the San Antonio Brahmas relied on their defense to earn a 15-9 victory over the Arlington Renegades before 12,368 fans at Choctaw Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The victory snaps the three-game losing streak for San Antonio and keeps their playoff hopes alive with four games remaining and the final three at home.
San Antonio started third-string quarterback Jawan Pass due to injuries to starting QB Jack Coan and backup Reid Sinnett’s season-ending injury. Pass ended the game by completing eight of his 14 passes for 57 yards while newcomer Kurt Benkert went 1-for-6 in his debut.
The Brahmas got their lone touchdown of the game in the second quarter when Arlington quarterback Drew Plitt was stripped of the ball, allowing Jordan Williams to run it back to the endzone for the touchdown, giving the Brahmas a 9-0 lead after their two-point attempt was unsuccessful.
Arlington responded in the second half when Taylor Russolino put home a field goal to make it a 9-3 game. San Antonio’s offense continued to struggle, allowing the Renegades to tie the game when Plitt connected a 16-yard strike to LuJuan Winningham. The extra point attempt was unsuccessful, making it a 9-9 game going into the fourth quarter.
A pair of Parker Romo field goals gave the Brahmas a 15-9 lead. Arlington had one final chance to tie the game in the final seconds but the Brahmas’ defense stood tall as Tenny Adewisu intercepted the pass to seal the win for San Antonio.
The victory was a must-win for the Brahmas, who are a game behind Arlington for the second and final playoff spot in the South Division.
The San Antonio Brahmas are now 2-4 on the season and will return to the field next Saturday when they face the Las Vegas Vipers (1-5) at 3 p.m. from Cashman Field.