The Roughnecks remain undefeated leaving the score at 34-27 as they triumphed against the Vipers.
The Vipers got an early three-point lead over the Roughnecks at the start of the game, but Houston quickly scored the first touchdown of the game.
After a brief lull, things started to heat up in the second quarter, and both teams scored additional touchdowns.
They headed into halftime tied up with a last minute play from the Vipers, bringing the score to 18-18.
ROUGHNECKS TIED: What an exciting game on @abc13houston. The @XFLRoughnecks are tied with the Vipers at 18 at the half. What do you think of the game? #XFL2020 #XFL #ForTheH https://t.co/PafT49ednN pic.twitter.com/AftiPVNEt3— Nick Natario (@NickABC13) February 22, 2020
The Roughnecks were able to pull out some key moments that led them to victory.
ROUGHNECKS “FOOD DUO:” After a 3 touchdown game, I asked @XFLRoughnecks QB @pjwalker_5 and WR @camphil5 what they think of the nickname. “We’re eating, so I like it,” Phillips said. Last week, the pair told me food has brought them together. More here: https://t.co/tYnEO0CKwv pic.twitter.com/coCSHDwRZg— Nick Natario (@NickABC13) February 22, 2020
ROUGHNECKS TOUCHDOWN!!!! For the 5th time this season, @XFLRoughnecks QB @pjwalker_5 connected with WR @camphil5 for a TD. This week, I learned how the duo is bonding over food to create this dynamic success: #XFL2020 #ForTheH https://t.co/tYnEO0CKwv pic.twitter.com/SU8NyOBhmL— Nick Natario (@NickABC13) February 22, 2020
Some players began the celebration as soon as they stepped foot in the locker room.
There's a lot that goes into an away game for a professional sports team. For the Roughnecks, the game in Tampa was their first taste.
XFL ACCESS: When you watch the @XFLRoughnecks on @abc13houston at 1pm, you’ll notice access to players and coaches like never before. Last week, @diannaESPN did an amazing job getting Guardians QB Matt McGloin to open up. At 6pm how this is a game changer https://t.co/ZeUeBUVDN8 pic.twitter.com/K47sqZsAMX— Nick Natario (@NickABC13) February 22, 2020
Thursday night, equipment managers worked late into the night loading gear.
On Friday, ABC13 was the only TV station there when the team arrived.
"To play this game, to get to play football another week, everybody is excited," said Roughnecks wide receiver Sammie Coates. "You could tell by the way they're walking around with the smiles and the excitement they have on their voice. Everybody is just excited to get it going."
The Roughnecks enter Tampa as one of the best teams in the league. At 2-0, the team leads its division.
Plus, the league's first two stars of the week are quarterback P.J. Walker and wide receiver Cam Phillips.
Saturday was the team's first road game, but there were plenty of veterans, including former Texans player Coates who has done this before.
"You always got to be a little different," Coates explained. "How's the noise going to be? How are the fans going to be? How's the atmosphere going to be? There's no really preparing for that."
After arriving at the hotel, the team held meetings. After those were over, the players now prepare themselves for the big day.
"I'll sleep a lot," Coates said. "I love to sleep. I'll probably go to sleep at like 9:30 p.m."
A good call.
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