Houston quarterback P.J. Walker followed up a stellar debut with a near-flawless encore, throwing for three touchdowns without a turnover as the Roughnecks improved to 2-0 with a 28-24 victory at home over the St. Louis Battlehawks on Sunday.
After throwing for four touchdowns with an interception in a season-opening win over Los Angeles last weekend, Walker sparked a three-touchdown run in the first and second quarters Sunday that turned a 6-3 deficit to St. Louis into a 21-6 Houston lead at the break.
Quarterback Jordan Ta'amu did his best to keep the Battlehawks (1-1) in the game, throwing for three scores and running for a fourth. After the Roughnecks took a 21-6 lead with 1:59 left in the second on the last of their three straight touchdowns, Ta'amu threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to De'Mornay Pierson-El and ran for a 4-yard score to make it 21-18 entering the fourth.
After Walker threw his third score of the game -- a 2-yard strike to Cam Phillips followed by a 1-point run by Walker -- Ta'amu did the same, from 36 yards out to L'Damian Washington with 1:50 left to make it 28-24.
But after Walker found Phillips for 32 yards on the first play of the drive, running back James Butler and Walker combined for 27 yards on the ground to run out the clock.
--Field Level Media