Guardians’ Gilbride: ‘I’m very proud of the defense’

The New York Guardians (3-2) will face the Houston Roughnecks (5-0) on Saturday, March 14 at 2PM EST at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The game will be nationally televised on ABC.

The Guardians won their first game on the road and improved to 3-2 on the season behind a stellar team performance. New York beat the Dallas Renegades 30-12 in front of more than 15,000 in Globe Life Park in Arlington. Luis Perez led the Guardian offense with 229 yards on 16 completions as well as one touchdown, an 80-yard bomb to Colby Pearson. The Guardians combined for more than 100 rushing yards for the 2nd straight week including 58 from Darius Victor and 41 from Justin Stockton.

On Stockton’s performance, Head Coach Kevin Gilbride said: “Justin is a terrific runner and he does give us a little change of pace. He certainly does give us some things in the passing game as well. We threw one to him but it’s something we know we can utilize even more than we did. We’re glad we have him and he stepped up big for us tonight. That’s an area that I think we can continue to expand upon.”

The defense was lead by a two-sack effort by Cavon Walker, extending his league lead, as well as interceptions by Toby Johnson and Ryan Mueller. Mueller’s interception came as he deflected a pass to himself, caught the batted ball and returned the interception for a touchdown.

“I think our defense has played well most of the games. They had fallen upon some slack times in terms of our red-zone defense over the last few weeks but they did outstandingly this time in that area,” said Gilbride. “The good thing is, the offense holds on to the ball which keeps it at a minimum, the time that the defense has to be on the field. Its great complimentary football and that’s what we’re looking to do

“I’m very proud of the defense, but I’m very proud of the entire team because I think the style of play that we employ right now will give us a chance week in and week out against some of the teams that have very explosive offenses. Hopefully, we will minimize the number of chances we have to defend on defense, the number of chances they get offensively.”

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