Apollos surge late to beat Commanders: Part 1

Commanders tight end Evan Rodriguez celebrates in the end zone after catching a first-half touchdown pass from Logan Woodside on Sunday at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders tight end Evan Rodriguez celebrates in the end zone after catching a first-half touchdown pass from Logan Woodside on Sunday at the Alamodome. – photo by Joe Alexander
The Orlando Apollos turned a fourth-quarter interception into the go-ahead touchdown to beat the San Antonio Commanders 37-29 on Sunday at the Alamodome.

The Commanders (1-1) split their first two games of the season at home. They play the next four games on the road. The Apollos stayed undefeated at 2-0.

Orlando defensive back Keith Reason intercepted a pass and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown with 7:02 left in the game. The Apollos outscored the Commanders 17-0 in the fourth quarter.

The Commanders got the first score of the game on a 15-yard run by Kenneth Farrow II. Logan Woodside hit a 1-yard pass to Evan Rodriguez to give the Commanders a 12-0 lead in the first quarter.

The Commanders’ next three scores came on Nick Rose field goals of 50, 38 and 37 yards.

Rose’s last field goal put the Commanders ahead 21-17. San Antonio extended the lead to 29-17 after the Commanders’ defense produced a sack and fumble and defensive lineman Joey Mbu returned it 8 yards for a touchdown with 8:10 left in the third quarter.

The Apollos tied it on the fourth quarter on two field goals and a 23-yard touchdown pass from Garrett Gilbert to Jalin Marshall.

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