Pregame at the Alamodome for Commanders vs. Stallions

Getting ready for the Commanders vs. Stallions game on Saturday night at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander
Getting ready for the Commanders vs. Stallions game on Saturday night at the Alamodome. – photo by Joe Alexander
Things slowly build up on game day for more than an hour before the first play.

The Alamodome starts out quiet with just a few people moving around.

Players, coaches, team staff and members of the media slowly fill in.

As game time approaches, there is the national anthem and then players take the field.

And as the San Antonio Commanders took on the Salt Lake Stallions on Saturday night, the Alamodome roared as players holding the Commanders flag and Texas flag charged onto the field.

De’Vante Bausby’s interception wraps up Commanders’ victory

Commanders defensive back De'Vante Bausby intercepts a pass and returns it the distance on the Stallions' two-point conversion attempt with 1:54 left in the game. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders defensive back De’Vante Bausby intercepts a pass and returns it the distance on the Stallions’ two-point conversion attempt with 1:54 left in the game. – photo by Joe Alexander
The San Antonio Commanders took the lead for good in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 19-15 victory over the Salt Lake Stallions.

But the Stallions scored a late touchdown that cut the lead to two points and had a chance to tie the game with a two-point conversion.

Here is the scene:

The Commanders take a six-point lead on a touchdown pass from Marquise Williams to Trey Williams, breaking a 9-9 tie. The Commanders make the two-point conversion to stretch the lead to eight points at 17-9.

The Stallions needed to do the same – score a touchdowna and get the two-point conversion. They got their touchdown on a 21-yard pass from Josh Woodrum to Terrell Newby with 1:54 left in the game.

On the Stallions’ conversion, Woodrun tried to throw the ball out to the left to DeMorney Pierson-El. Commanders defensive back De’Vante Bausby, who entered the weekend leading the AAF in interceptions, swooped in front of Pierson-El to make the pick. Bausby returned it all the way in the other direction – depriving the Stallions of their needed two points and giving the Commanders two more points for the final margin.

Marquise Williams rallies Commanders past Stallions

Commanders running back Trey Williams scores the go-ahead touchdown on a 36-yard pass from Marquise Williams with 5:25 left in the game. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders running back Trey Williams scores the go-ahead touchdown on a 36-yard pass from Marquise Williams with 5:25 left in the game. – photo by Joe Alexander
When the San Antonio Commanders needed the cavalry to ride to their rescue, Marquise Williams answered the call.

The Commanders’ backup quarterback entered the game in the fourth quarter and drove the team to the go-ahead touchdown on a 36-yard pass to running back Trey Williams. That broke a 9-9 tie.

Marquise Williams passed to Greg Ward Jr. for the two-point conversion to extend the Commanders’ lead to 17-9 with 5:25 left in the game.

The Commanders (5-2) finished with a 19-15 victory and extended their win streak to four in their first game in the Alamodome after a month on the road. A season high 30,345 fans gave the Commanders their loud support.

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    Even after the late touchdown, the Commanders still needed a key play on defense to wrap up the win. The Stallions scored a late touchdown and had a chance to tie the game with the two-point conversion. But on the conversion play, Commanders defensive back and turnover machine De’Vante Bausby intercepted a pass and returned it the distance the other way – not only keeping the Stallions from adding two points, but giving the Commanders two points when he crossed the goal line.

    Logan Woodside started at quarterback for the Commanders and played most of the game. Marquise Williams came in to start the touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. He immediately gave the offense a spark with his running. The touchdown to Trey Williams was a short dumpoff that Trey broke for the touchdown.

    The Williams-to-Williams touchdown was the first time the Commanders scored in the second half.

    The Commanders led 9-6 at halftime. The Stallions tied it 9-9 with a field goal in the third quarter.

    The Commanders took their halftime lead on a Nick Rose 23-yard field goal with five second left in the second quarter. The Commanders had gotten to the 1-yard line on a drive that included three big penalties on the Stallions – one a roughing the passer penalty that wiped out a Stallions interception.

    The Commanders’ Duke Thomas had a key interception when the Stallions were driving. The score was tied 6-6 at the time, so Thomas’ pick kept Salt Lake from grabbing the lead.

    The Stallions moved the ball on the opening possession of the game and kicked a field goal to take a 3-0 lead.

    The Commanders went in front 6-3 when Woodside hit Mekale McKay for a 21-yard touchdown pass.

    The Stallions’ second field goal tied it 6-6.

  • Rock concert crowd breaks out at Commanders game

    Fans light up the Alamodome at the Commanders vs. Stallions game on Saturday night. - photo by Joe Alexander
    Fans light up the Alamodome at the Commanders vs. Stallions game on Saturday night. – photo by Joe Alexander
    There were pyrotechnics.

    There were bright lights.

    There was cheering.

    There was the wave.

    But most of all there were 30,345 fans having a good time on Saturday night as the San Antonio Commanders took on the Salt Lake Stallions.

    The crowd at the Alamodome, which has hosted big musical acts from Guns N Roses to One Direction, had the feeling of a concert crowd at times.

    When will Nick Rose have his Commanders moment?

    The Commanders field goal crew: kicker Nick Rose (from left), holder Joe Zema and long snapper Scott Daly. - photo by Joe Alexander
    The Commanders field goal crew: kicker Nick Rose (from left), holder Joe Zema and long snapper Scott Daly. – photo by Joe Alexander
    Nick Rose has been quietly perfect.

    About twice every weekend, Rose walks out on to a football field and nails a field goal.

    The former University of Texas kicker, teaming up with holder Joe Zema and long snapper Scott Daly, is 11-of-11 on field goal tries this season for the San Antonio Commanders.

    But Rose hasn’t had one of those moments to bring the San Antonio fans out of their seats.

    It’s bound to happen eventually.

    The Commanders (4-2) are on the top of the AAF West standings, one game ahead of the San Diego Fleet (3-3) and Arizona Hotshots (3-3). The Fleet have had their last two games decided on a field goal at the end – winning a game when they made a field goal and losing a game when the other team made their’s.

    The Commanders have four, five or six games left in the season. They have four regular-season games left, including today’s meeting with the Salt Lake Stallions (2-4) at 7 p.m. at the Alamodome. The fifth and sixth games, if they get there, are the conference final and AAF championship game.

    Playing on the Commanders’ home field – they are in the Alamodome for the next three games – estimate that Rose has a good chance of making it from as far out as 61 yards. That means that once the Commanders cross the opposing 43-yard line, they are in the Rose Zone.

    If and when the time comes, expect Rose to quietly walk out on the field and do his job. If he gets his moment at home, count on the fans in the Alamodome to finally make plenty of noise for him.

    Commanders vs. Stallions injury report for Friday

    San Antonio Commanders helmet from image released by the AAF @theAAF on Twitter.From a Commanders news release

    SAN ANTONIO COMMANDERS

    Pos Player Injury Wed. Participation Thurs. Participation Fri. Participation Game Status
    WR De’Marcus Ayers Lower Leg DNP LP LP DOUBTFUL
    DL Ra’Zahn Howard Knee DNP DNP DNP OUT
    TE Cole Hunt Lower Leg LP LP LP QUESTIONABLE
    WR Mekale McKay Ankle DNP DNP LP QUESTIONABLE
    CB Zack Sanchez Hamstring DNP DNP DNP OUT
    S Orion Stewart Head DNP LP LP QUESTIONABLE
    DL Arthur Miley Hip — DNP LP QUESTIONABLE
    OL Mason Gentry Lower Back — DNP DNP OUT

    SALT LAKE STALLIONS

    Pos Player Injury Wed. Participation Thurs. Participation Fri. Participation Game Status
    DB Cody Brown Knee Full LP LP QUESTIONABLE
    LB Gionni Paul Ankle Full DNP LP QUESTIONABLE
    DL Mike Purcell Wrist Full LP LP QUESTIONABLE
    DL Karter Shult Rib — LP LP QUESTIONABLE

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

    Commanders linebackers at work; Nick Temple on returning to Alamodome

    Commanders linebacker Nick Temple at practice Thursday at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander
    Commanders linebacker Nick Temple (55) at practice Thursday at the Alamodome. – photo by Joe Alexander
    The San Antonio Commanders are getting ready to do something they haven’t done in a month – play a home football game.

    Commanders linebacker Nick Temple identified the key difference this weekend.

    “The fans really,” Temple said. “The community here is amazing. They’re behind us. It’s Texas football.”

    The Commanders are leading the league in attendance, but haven’t broken the 30,000 attendance mark yet. That will likely change Saturday at 7 p.m. when the Commanders play in the Alamodome against the Salt Lake Stallions.

    “We love it when we come back home. It’s always rocking in here,” Temple said. “The last game we had almost 30,000. It’s going to be good.”

    The Commanders currently sit at the top of the AAF West with a 4-2 record. The Commanders have a three-game win streak with all three victories coming on the road.

    “From defense, offense and special teams, we’re playing in all three phases,” Temple said. “For us to come in and win those games, it’s always tough to win on the road. Any time you win on the road and come back home, it’s always going to be big.”

    The Commanders have four games remaining in the regular season. They are one game ahead of the San Diego Fleet and Arizona Hotshots (both 3-3) in the West. Salt Lake is 2-4. The top two teams in each conference advance to the playoffs.

    “Everybody in the league is close,” Temple said. “Everybody is good. Right now the No. 1 team is not far from the No. 2 team. Us winning can just boost our momentum going into the playoffs.”

    Commanders vs. Stallions injury report for Thursday; Riley Smith on injured list

    Commanders receiver Riley Smith at practice Thursday at Central Catholic High School as the team prepared for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Legends. - photo by Joe Alexander
    Commanders receiver Riley Smith, shown at a recent practice at Central Catholic High School, has been placed on the reserve/injured list. – photo by Joe Alexander
    From Commanders news release

    San Antonio WR Riley Smith has been placed on the reserve/injured list.

    SAN ANTONIO COMMANDERS

    Pos Player Injury Wed. Participation Thurs. Participation
    WR De’Marcus Ayers Lower Leg DNP LP
    DL Ra’Zahn Howard Knee DNP DNP
    TE Cole Hunt Lower Leg LP LP
    WR Mekale McKay Ankle DNP DNP
    CB Zack Sanchez Hamstring DNP DNP
    S Orion Stewart Head DNP LP
    DL Arthur Miley Hip — DNP
    OL Mason Gentry Lower Back — DNP

    SALT LAKE STALLIONS

    Pos Player Injury Wed. Participation Thurs. Participation
    DB Cody Brown Knee Full LP
    LB Gionni Paul Ankle Full DNP
    DL Mike Purcell Wrist Full LP
    DL Karter Shult Rib — LP

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

    Commanders linebackers Tyrone Holmes and Shaan Washington doing backflips

    Commanders linebackers Tyrone Holmes (left) and Shaan Washington do backflips at practice Thursday at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander
    Commanders linebackers Tyrone Holmes (left) and Shaan Washington do backflips at practice Thursday at the Alamodome. – photos by Joe Alexander
    How often do you get to see two guys who weigh almost 500 pounds combined do backflips?

    San Antonio Commanders linebackers Tyrone Holmes, listed at 6-foot-2, 253 pounds, and Shaan Washington, 6-foot-2, 240, showed off their skills at practice Thursday at the Alamodome.

    And for the record, they both stuck the landing.

    Commanders linebackers Tyrone Holmes (left) and Shaan Washington do backflips at practice Thursday at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander

    Commanders linebackers Tyrone Holmes (left) and Shaan Washington do backflips at practice Thursday at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander

    Commanders linebackers Tyrone Holmes (left) and Shaan Washington do backflips at practice Thursday at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander

    Commanders linebackers Tyrone Holmes (left) and Shaan Washington do backflips at practice Thursday at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander

    Commanders linebackers Tyrone Holmes (left) and Shaan Washington do backflips at practice Thursday at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander

    Commanders vs. Stallions injury report for Wednesday

    San Antonio Commanders helmet from image released by the AAF @theAAF on Twitter.From Commanders news release

    SAN ANTONIO COMMANDERS

    Pos Player Injury Wed. Participation
    WR De’Marcus Ayers Lower Leg DNP
    DL Ra’Zahn Howard Knee DNP
    TE Cole Hunt Lower Leg LP
    WR Mekale McKay Ankle DNP
    CB Zack Sanchez Hamstring DNP
    S Orion Stewart Head DNP

    SALT LAKE STALLIONS

    Pos Player Injury Wed. Participation
    DB Cody Brown Knee Full
    LB Gionni Paul Ankle Full
    DL Mike Purcell Wrist Full

    Did Not Participate in Practice (DNP)
    Limited Participation (LP)