Word around the San Antonio Commanders last week was that the Salt Lake Stallions had a defensive front as good as any in the AAF.
Logan Woodside got a first-hand look at the Stallions’ defense and pass rush on Saturday. The Stallions caught up to Woodside at times and the Commanders’ quarterback was on the sidelines at the end of the game with a sore left shoulder.
Marquise Williams was in at quarterback when the Commanders scored the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter of a 19-15 victory.
“I think I got like kind of a stinger,” Woodside said. “And it was lucky. It’s a good thing we had Quise come in, make some plays and help us go down there and score and win that game for sure.”
Woodside was sacked six times for 37 yards in losses. Mike Purcell, a 327-pound defensive tackle, led the Stallions with two sacks.
“It was tough man,” Woodside said. “The whole (AAF) West side, all of the D lines and defenses are really tough. So it was a big challenge for us. I tried to do the best I could to escape from the pocket and make some plays down field. But they were getting at us pretty quick. I’ve just got to do a better job of getting it out quicker.”
Woodside completed 13-of-19 passes for 164 yards with one interception. He threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Mekale McKay in the first quarter to give the Commanders a 6-3 lead.