• Brian L. Barefield

Three Is The Magic Number Roughnecks stay undefeated with a victory over the Vipers 34-27

You know every now and then I like to let you all in on just how old I am. Yes, I remember using a house phone, listening to a cassette tape, watching a VCR, and I even remember when Michael Jackson’s multi-platinum hit Thriller was first released. I wouldn’t say I was old, but it does take me a minute to get up and out of the bed now a days.

If I could I would like to give you another glimpse into my childhood. In 1973, ABC networks aired a show called, “Schoolhouse Rock” that focused on helping kids with math, history, grammar, etc. During that show there was a song written by Blind Melon that helped kids learn about how the number three works throughout life.

“Three is a magic number Ya it is, it's a magic number”

Now that I have you replaying your youthful days in your mind and also singing that classic song. One could only imagine that Houston Roughnecks head coach June Jones may have hummed that song a couple of times throughout the week as his team is the only undefeated team left in the XFL with a record of 3-0.

The Roughnecks defeated the Tampa Bay Vipers (0-3) last week in Tampa by a score of 34-27. Houston was led by the dynamic duo of quarterback P.J. Walker (306 yards passing and three touchdowns) and wide receiver Cam Phillips (194 yards receiving and three touchdowns). Those impressive numbers by Phillips gained him XFL Star of the Week for the second consecutive week. For those keeping count at home, that’s the third consecutive week that a Roughnecks player has won the award as Walker won it Week One.

“Cam [Phillips] has really impressed me, ever since he got here, he has bought in to what we are doing and what we are trying to teach him,” said coach Jones. “He has gotten better since he got here. P.J. [Walker] knows that if he gets the ball around [Phillips], he’s going to make some catches.”

For as impressive as the Roughnecks offense looked against the Vipers, it was the defense that showed up once again with their third consecutive game with an interception. Houston now has five interceptions on the year. They have one of the stingiest defenses in the league, especially when it comes to second half scoring as Houston is only given up an average of nine points.

Houston now heads up 45 north to take on the Dallas Renegades in the first interstate rivals’ game of the season. It will take a total team effort once again by the Roughnecks to defeat the Renegades who comes in on a two-game winning streak.

“I know how hard we worked as a team and we put a lot of work in as a unit,” said Walker. “Those two-a-days are paying off to be honest, we complained a lot as a group about how much we were doing, but it’s all paying off at the end of the day.”

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