L.A. Wildcats suffer road loss to New York Guardians, drop to 1-3 in XFL

Wildcats wide receiver Saeed Blacknall beats Guardians defensive back Andrew Soroh for a 42-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter Saturday in East Rutherford, N.J.
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Luis Perez completed 18 of 26 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown and Matthew McCrane kicked a tiebreaking 47-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to lift the New York Guardians to a 17-14 win over the Los Angeles Wildcats in an XFL game Saturday.

Josh Johnson threw for 330 yards and two touchdowns with one interception for the Wildcats (1-3), who were coming off a 39-9 home victory over the DC Defenders in Week 3. Nick Novak’s 44-yard field-goal attempt for L.A. was blocked with a little more than eight minutes left in the fourth quarter Saturday.

McCrane’s go-ahead kick came with 10 minutes 47 seconds remaining in the fourth. He also made a 51-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 23-yarder in the second for the Guardians (2-2).

The Summer Olympics, scheduled for Tokyo in July, are in question because of the coronavirus. Health experts are worried about hosting such an event.

Tre McBride had eight receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown for the Wildcats.


Johnson hit Saeed Blacknall for a 42-yard touchdown pass with 4:45 left in the third quarter for the Wildcats, who then tied it 14-14 on a two-point conversion pass to Jordan Smallwood. Johnson completed 25 of 40 attempts.

The Wildcats will host the Tampa Bay Vipers (0-3) on March 8.