Commanders vs. Fleet final play: photo gallery

San Antonio's Mekale McKay (right) and Derron Smith celebrate after the Commanders stopped the San Diego Fleet on the final play of the season opener on Saturday at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander
San Antonio’s Mekale McKay (right) and Derron Smith celebrate after the Commanders stopped the San Diego Fleet on the final play of the season opener on Saturday at the Alamodome. – photo by Joe Alexander
By the time the clock was winding down Saturday night, the drama was already over.

The San Antonio Commanders had a victory in hand as they led the San Diego Fleet 15-6 with time running out.

That didn’t stop the Fleet, who didn’t score a touchdown in the game, from taking one last shot at the end zone.

Fleet quarterback Philip Nelson was on the field in the fourth quarter after the Commanders’ defensive front beat up San Diego starter Mike Bercovici earlier in the game.

Following a defensive penalty, the Fleet ended the game with an untimed down from the Commanders’ 35-yard line. Nelson threw a high arcing pass into the end zone intended for 6-foot-4 tight end Marcus Baugh.

The pass got through to Baugh’s hands – but that wasn’t the end of the story. MeKale McKay, the Commanders’ 6-foot-3 receiver, was back in the defensive secondary on the play. McKay, safety Chase Dutra and safety Nick Orr all sandwiched Baugh as he went up for the ball.

McKay got his right hand in and helped wrench the ball away from Baugh.

And with a little help from one of San Antonio’s starting receivers, the Commanders’ defense finished the night without giving up a touchdown.

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