Parting shot of the San Antonio Commanders

The Commanders stopped practice and gathered in the middle of the field on Tuesday at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander
The Commanders stopped practice and gathered in the middle of the field on Tuesday at the Alamodome. – photo by Joe Alexander
I took my first photo of a San Antonio Commanders practice at mini-camp on December 13.

Yesterday at 12:30 p.m. Central time, I took my last.

As the players gathered at midfield at the Alamodome, the media was asked to leave.

Later in the day, the Alliance of American Football announced it was suspending football operations.

Commanders quarterback Marquise Williams vs. Hotshots photo gallery

Commanders quarterback Marquise Williams in the team's final game against the Hotshots on Sunday at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders quarterback Marquise Williams in the team’s final game against the Hotshots on Sunday at the Alamodome. – photo by Joe Alexander
For the second straight game, Marquise Williams finished at quarterback for the San Antonio Commanders.

Williams replaced starter Logan Woodside in the Commanders 23-6 loss to to the Arizona Hotshots on Sunday at the Alamodome.

Williams completed 17-of-23 passes for 130 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Williams also carried the ball 7 times for 37 yards.

Commanders quarterback Logan Woodside vs. Hotshots photo gallery

Commanders quarterback Logan Woodside in the team's final game against the Hotshots on Sunday at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders quarterback Logan Woodside in the team’s final game against the Hotshots on Sunday at the Alamodome. – photo by Joe Alexander
Logan Woodside started all eight games for the San Antonio Commanders.

In the Commanders’ final game, he completed 4-of-9 passes for 32 yards, all in the first half, in a 23-6 loss to the Arizona Hotshots at the Alamodome.

Woodside fininished fifth in the AAF in passing yards with 1,385. The Commanders were fifth in the league in total offense.

Statement from Commanders’ Mike Riley, Daryl Johnston, Vic Gregovits

From a Commanders news release

On behalf of all of us with the San Antonio Commanders organization, we were shocked and incredibly disappointed to learn of the Boards’ decision to suspend football operations.

Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian delivered a quality football product that fans nationally were watching on TV, online, and here in San Antonio on each and every game day.

While all startups encounter some challenges, we believed ours could be addressed in the offseason, after a successful completion to our first season.

We are grateful to our players, coaches, staff, corporate partners, and especially our fans that supported us from the moment our team was announced through the record-setting attendance — San Antonio proved to be the best fans in The Alliance time and time again.

We hope to be able to share information from The Alliance about ticket refunds in the future.

Thank you for your support and for believing in us.

Sincerely,

Mike Riley, Head Coach
Daryl Johnston, General Manager
Vic Gregovits, Team President

Commanders fall to Hotshots – photo gallery part 2

Commanders cornerback Duke Thomas (21) breaks up a pass intended for Hotshots wide receiver Rashad Ross on Sunday at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders cornerback Duke Thomas (21) breaks up a pass intended for Hotshots wide receiver Rashad Ross on Sunday at the Alamodome. – photo by Joe Alexander
The San Antonio Commanders’ four-game win streak ended Sunday with a home-field 23-6 loss to the Arizona Hotshots at the Alamodome.

The Commanders turn around with a short week. They play the Memphis Express on Saturday at 11 a.m. (Central) at the Alamodome. The Express are coming off a 34-31 loss to the Orlando Apollos.

Hotshots smother Commanders

Commanders kicker Nick Rose made a 54-yard field goal in the second quarter. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders kicker Nick Rose made a 54-yard field goal in the second quarter. – photo by Joe Alexander
The San Antonio Commanders’ hopes of clinching a playoff spot were put on hold Sunday night.

The Arizona Hotshots dominated defensively in a 23-6 victory over the Commanders at the Alamodome.

The Commanders could have wrapped up not only a playoff berth, but the home field in the first round with a victory.

The Commanders did not score a touchdown. Their points came on field goals of 54 and 35 yards from Nick Rose – who has not missed a field-goal attempt this season.

Hotshots quarterback John Wolford passed for 216 yards including a 58-yard touchdown to Rashad Ross. The Hotshots Tim Cook ran for touchdowns of 6 and 20 yards.

Logan Woodside started at quarterback for the Commanders. He completed 4-of-9 passes for 32 yards and an interception and was sacked once.

Marquise Williams came in at quarterback late in the first half. He led both Commanders scoring drive. Williams completed 17-of-23 passes for 130 yards with no interceptions and was sacked three times.

Commanders vs. Hotshots injury report for Friday

From a Commanders news release

SAN ANTONIO COMMANDERS

Pos Player Injury Wed. Participation Thurs. Participation Fri. Participation Game Status
OL Fred Lauina Ankle DNP DNP DNP Questionable
LB Austin Larkin Head DNP DNP DNP Questionable
WR Mekale McKay Ankle DNP DNP DNP Questionable
S Derron Smith Ankle DNP DNP LP Questionable

ARIZONA HOTSHOTS

Pos Player Injury Wed. Participation Thurs. Participation Fri. Participation Game Status
LB Obum Gwacham Hand LP LP LP Questionable
LB Carl Bradford Ankle LP LP LP Questionable
WR Rashad Ross Shoulder LP LP LP Questionable
OL Patrick Lewis Knee LP LP LP Questionable
RB Jhurell Pressley Wrist LP LP LP Questionable
OL Brant Weiss Ankle LP LP LP Questionable
OL Malcolm Bunche Foot LP LP LP Questionable
DB Robert Nelson Knee DNP DNP DNP Out

Did Not Participate in Practice (DNP)
Limited Participation (LP)=less than 100% of a player’s normal reps
QUESTIONABLE – Uncertain as to whether the player will play in the game

Commanders special teams vs. Stallions photo gallery

The Commanders' Nick Rose kicks a field goal against the Stallions on Saturday at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander
The Commanders’ Nick Rose kicks a field goal against the Stallions on Saturday at the Alamodome. – photo by Joe Alexander
San Antonio Commanders kick Nick Rose hasn’t missed a field-goal attempt this year.

Punter Joe Zema made two tackles in the Commanders’ victory over the Stallions.

“I wasn’t necessarily surprised because he’s a football player,” Commanders coach Mike Riley said. “When it’s necessary we’d rather him not be the tackler, but when it’s necessary it’s good that he does.”

Along with long snapper Scott Daly, that group has quietly put together a solid season for the Commanders. Zema, in addition to punting, is Rose’s holder on field-goal attempts.

“We really like that group,” Commanders coach Mike Riley said. “From the very beginning those guys have been really diligent, very professional in their approach. I think fun, good teammates. I really appreciate them a lot. They sometimes go unnoticed until something bad happens, but they’ve been very consistent.”

Rose was making field goals of 50-plus yards on Friday at the Alamodome in the team’s last full practice before Sunday’s meeting with the Arizona Hotshots.

“There’s no doubt he’s in that 50, 60 range,” Riley said. “He can do that. He’s really got a great thump. I think the extra days extra off for him were good. He’s really hitting the ball well.”

Commanders offense vs. Stallions photo gallery

De'Marcus Ayers heads upfield after catching a pass against the Stallions on Saturday at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander
De’Marcus Ayers heads upfield after catching a pass against the Stallions on Saturday at the Alamodome. – photo by Joe Alexander
The San Antonio Commanders had to work hard for every yard on offense on Saturday against the Salt Lake Stallions.

In the end, the Commanders scored their second touchdown of the game with less than six minutes remaining in a 19-15 victory at the Alamodome.

The Commanders had 64 yards rushing. Almost a third of that, 19 yards, came from quarterback Marquise Williams off the bench in the fourth quarter. Trey Williams had 19 yards and David Cobb had 18.

The Commanders had 213 yards passing – 164 yards from Logan Woodside and 49 from Marquise Williams. Both quarterbacks threw one touchdown pass. Marquise Williams threw a 36-yard pass to Trey Williams for the winning touchdown.

Commanders vs. Hotshots injury report for Thursday

From a Commanders news release

SAN ANTONIO COMMANDERS

Pos Player Injury Wed. Participation Thurs. Participation
OL Fred Lauina Ankle DNP DNP
LB Austin Larkin Head DNP DNP
WR Mekale McKay Ankle DNP DNP
S Derron Smith Ankle DNP DNP

ARIZONA HOTSHOTS

Pos Player Injury Wed. Participation Thurs. Participation
LB Obum Gwacham Hand LP LP
LB Carl Bradford Ankle LP LP
WR Rashad Ross Shoulder LP LP
OL Patrick Lewis Knee LP LP
RB Jhurell Pressley Wrist LP LP
OL Brant Weiss Ankle LP LP
OL Malcolm Bunche Foot LP LP
DB Robert Nelson Knee DNP DNP

Did Not Participate in Practice (DNP)
Limited Participation (LP)=less than 100% of a player’s normal reps