Marquise Williams had seen some playing time at quarterback this season for the San Antonio Commanders.
But not much, and not in a while.
That changed on Saturday night as the Commanders took on the Salt Lake Stallions in an AAF West matchup at the Alamodome.
With the Commanders struggling on offense in the second half and starting quarterback Logan Woodside taking a hit on his shoulder, Williams got the call in the fourth quarter.
Williams – and the Commanders offense – responded in what turned out to be a 19-15 Commanders victory.
“Our guys kind of just brought it together enough to make a great drive and win the game,” Commanders coach Mike Riley said. “Marquise was so poised going into the game. Logan had hurt his shoulder a little bit. (Williams) went into the game and did a nice job obviously and just kept his poise and made plays and it was a beautiful thing to see.”
Williams used his feet to make things happen. He had an 8-yard carry that picked up a first down.
The former North Carolina quarterback completed 2-of-3 passes for 49 yards.
“I was thankful that Marquise had been in the games,” Riley said. “We played him early on. We’ve said from the beginning we really liked our quarterback room. He kind of just proved everbody right tonight, including himself.”
The key play was a screen pass from Williams to running back Trey Williams with less than six minutes left in the game. Trey Williams broke it for a 36-yard touchdown with 5:25 remaining. That broke a 9-9 tie and gave the Commanders a six-point lead.
Marquise Williams passed to Greg Ward Jr. for the two-point conversion, putting the Commanders in front 17-9.
“He has won a lot of games in his career as a quarterback,” Riley said. “To go in there in those circumstances as hard as it was to do anything, I was really, really impressed that he made some plays to help us win the game.”