LOS ANGELES, California (Ticker) -- Tommy
Maddox collected the Player of the Year award in
the XFL and then made sure his teammates could
share the wealth.
Maddox passed for 210 yards and two
touchdowns and Jose Cortez kicked four field
goals as the Los Angeles Xtreme routed the San
Francisco Demons, 38-6, in the inaugural XFL
"Give Vince McMahon a lot of credit for
giving us a chance to play," said Maddox
referring to the founder of the league. "And
thank the fans of L.A. for their support.
Championships are the things you think about a
lot. I've said all along it doesn't matter what
league you are in, to play for a championship is
great. I'm so excited, I don't know what to
Maddox completed 16-of-28 passes as Los
Angeles (9-3) defeated San Francisco for the
second time in three meetings. He gave the
Xtreme a 9-0 lead when he capped an eight-play,
79-yard drive with a one-yard pass to Josh
Maddox also tossed a 19-yard touchdown pass
to Jeremaine Copeland, pushing the margin to
28-0 just 5:23 into the third quarter. Maddox
left the game with 10 1/2 minutes remaining.
"No matter what level, a championship is a
championship, both of them feel great," said
Copeland, who was a member of Tennessee's 1998
national championship team. "There really is no
Saladin McCullough led the Xtreme's rushing
attack, gaining 109 yards on 20 carries.
"We felt very confident that we could win
this game and the championship," McCullough
said. "We were just comfortable with our game
plan. We knew we were going to win."
Cortez kicked four field goals, including a
50-yarder as time expired in the first half to
make it 21-0.
The Xtreme's 38 active players plus five on
the practice squad will split $1 million, an
average of $23,255.
San Francisco (6-6), which was coming off a
26-25 upset of the Orlando Rage, was shut down
by the Xtreme for the second time in three
weeks. Each player on the Demons' roster
received $5,000 for reaching the final game.
"They just whipped our butts," San Francisco
coach Jim Skipper said. "We have a ways to go.
We weren't happy to just be in the game. We
wanted to win the game. It was one of those
days. When it goes bad it goes bad. We played
poor football. You have to make plays."
Mike Pawlawski was 8-of-20 for 74 yards and
two interceptions for the Demons, who made it
past midfield on only one possession in the
first half. San Francisco drove to the Los
Angeles 26 with 7:14 left in the second quarter,
but Mike Panasuk hooked a 44-yard field goal
The Demons stayed close for 15 minutes as
Cortez's 37-yard field goal with just over six
minutes into the contest was the only scoring of
the first quarter. But Los Angeles pushed the
lead to 15-0 just 5:21 into the second quarter
on a 71-yard punt return by cornerback Reginald
Cortez booted a 22-yard field goal to give
the Xtreme a 31-0 bulge with 91 seconds left in
the third. Rashaan Shehee threw a 10-yard TD
pass to Latario Rachal on a halfback option with
3:16 to play in the fourth.
San Francisco avoided a shutout with 25
seconds left when backup quarterback Oteman
Sampson scrambled for a 21-yard TD.