The Killeen Revolution football team lost its XFL opener to the Garland Aztecs in Wylie on Saturday, 25-0.
“We took about half of our roster but that’s not why we lost,” Killeen head coach Bill Clark said. “We will work hard and get better. We did have some good with the bad: Aisha Murphy and Jr. Turner had 2½ sacks apiece and Marvin Hayes, Manuel Tobar and Daniel Moore each had a sack.
“We also had a new player starting at middle linebacker, Seth Jenkins, that had some tackles for losses and showed some good skills. Chuck Wavy had an interception and we batted down some passes.”
In one series, the Aztecs had a first-and-goal at the 2 and the Killeen defense did not allow a score.
“There were some good things from our offense, too,” Clark said. “We had some good drives but we just didn’t finish them.”
“We came up a little short,” said Murphy, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound defensive end. “They were trying to spread me and our other ends out, so we made some adjustments.
“Late in the game, we had some miscommunications on defense and they scored on those plays. We had a few missed tackles. In the first half and in the early part of the third quarter, we stopped them for the most part.”
Midway through the contest, Murphy got to the Garland quarterback quickly causing an errant throw and an interception. However the pick was called off due to a Killeen penalty.
Killeen (0-1) travels to Palestine on Saturday to face the Anderson County Roughnecks.
Murphy said he’s optimistic. “Hopefully, we play better and get this win,” he said. “I know we have the potential to be better.”