The San Antonio Commanders scored four times in their season opener, but it was their defense that took command.
The Commanders beat the San Diego Fleet 15-6 on Saturday at the Alamodome.
The San Antonio secondary came up with three interceptions and the Commanders’ defensive front kept the heat on Fleet quarterbacks all night.
Commanders defensive back Orion Stewart made the key play of the first half, an interception and 68-yard return that set up San Antonio’s second field goal.
The Commanders’ De’Vante Bausby made an interception and 19-yard return late in the third quarter that set up the only touchdown of the game. Kenneth Farrow II scored on a 3-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter to give the Commanders a 12-6 lead.
The San Antonio defense, in addition to coming up with turnovers, also sacked Fleet starting quarterback Mike Bercovici six times.
Commanders quarterback Logan Woodside completed 18-of-36 passes for 255 yards and no touchdowns. He was sacked twice and threw two interceptions.
Commanders kicker Nick Rose made field goals of 29, 23 and 28 yards.
A loud crowd of 27,857 fans also made its presence known in the debut of the Alliance of American Football.
Commanders-Fleet photo gallery part 2
Scene at the Alamodome photo gallery
Logan Woodside starts at QB photo gallery
Orion Stewart interception photo gallery
De’Vante Bausby’s interception photo gallery
Commanders vs. Fleet final play photo gallery