Manage episode 316965872 series 3293078
Mike Panasuk kicked a 33-yard field goal with no time left to give the San Francisco Demons a 15-13 victory over the Los Angeles Xtreme as the XFL made its Bay Area debut in front of a sellout crowd. Mike Pawlawski was 31-of-47 for 289 yards and threw two touchdowns passes for the Demons in the first professional football game at Pac Bell Park. Jose Cortez kicked a 25-yard field goal with less than four minutes to play to give the Xtreme a 13-12 lead, but the Demons marched down the field to grab the victory. Brian Roberson caught 12 passes for 127 yards, but was nearly the goat when he fumbled the ball late in the game to set up Cortez's field goal. Pawlawski's 32-yard scoring pass to Calvin Schexnayder early in the fourth quarter erased a 10-6 deficit. San Francisco's Kevin Kaesviharn intercepted Tommy Maddox's pass at the San Francisco 3 to stop one Los Angeles threat, but Roberson fumbled three plays later.
Pawlawski's 3-yard pass to Vaughn Dunbar gave the Demons a 6-0 lead with 3:31 left in the first quarter. That touchdown was set up when Eric Englund recovered an Xtreme fumble. Terrance Joseph knocked the ball loose from Maddox's hands on a pass attempt. Darnell McDonald caught a 28-yard scoring toss from Maddox late in the second quarter, and Rashaan Sheshe's run put the Xtreme in front at halftime, 7-6. Cortez added a 36-yard field goal with 12:23 left to play. In an attempt to make the game interactive, players and fans were interviewed immediately following good and bad plays with mixed results. The public address announcer even got into the act, proclaiming "Nice pass, moron," to Maddox after an incomplete pass. Demons' linebacker Jon Haskins and McDonald got into a shoving match on a play that resulted in Haskins' kicking McDonald's helmet about 20 yards.