By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com
CARSON, CALIF. – February 16, 2020, As the Los Angeles Wildcats, kicked off their season, an inspirational rendition of the National Anthem was sung by 8-year-old Malea Emma (Tjandrawidjaja). The 14,979 Los Angeles football fans in attendance Fans began chanting Kobe, Kobe, Kobe after the completion of the anthem in memory of the late great Lakers Legend Kobe Bryant.
The game started off slow, as it was a tied ball game at 3 points apiece at halftime. As both teams had costly turnovers in scoring position preventing them from scoring. Novak got the first points of this iteration of the LA Wildcats on his 30-yard field goal late in the first half, giving them a 3-point lead. The Renegades responded with a MacGinnis field goal to tie the game up at 3 just before the half.
The Renegades added an additional field goal in the 3rd quarter to take a 3-point lead in the game. Before both teams erupted for 34 combined points in the 4th quarter. The Wildcats opened up the scoring with a 6-yard TD pass to Nelson Spruce to take a 3-point lead early on the quarter.
Yet again, the Renegades responded with a 21-yard TD run to give them lead once again. They also capitalized on a 1-yard point after touchdown conversion. The Renegades extended their lead with a 3-yard TD pass from Jones to Parham, with just over 5:00 minutes to go in the game.
Outside a miraculous comeback, a team facing a 10-point deficit in an NFL game renders the game essentially over. However, because a team can score 9 points on any given drive this game was still undecided. The Wildcats were able to do just that when Josh Johnson hit Nelson Spruce on a 44-yard TD pass that narrowed the lead to 4 points. Josh Johnson then hit Jennings in the endzone to complete the point after touchdown to bring the Wildcats within 1 point of the Renegades.
Thought the Renegades went right down the field to extend their lead to 7 points on a rushing TD. This gave the Wildcats one more chance to tie the game up with a TD and a 1 point PAT or win the game with a 2 or 3 point PAT. However, the Wildcats weren’t able to move the ball to score any points on their final possession and fell to 0-2 with this loss.
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