The San Antonio Commanders defense allowed only one touchdown for the second week in a row in Saturday’s 19-15 victory over the Salt Lake Stallions at the Alamodome.
The Stallions scored their lone touchdown in the final two minutes of the game.
While Salt Lake quarterback Josh Woodrum rallied his team for the late score, the Stallions didn’t have a lot going on offense for much of the game. The Commanders held the Stallions to 49 yards rushing.
Woodrum passed for 229 yards but was sacked twice and officially threw one interception. He was also intercepted on a crucial two-point conversion after the Stallions touchdown (that does not count on the statistics as an interception because it was on the conversion).
Duke Thomas had the Commanders’ interception with a 24-yard return. De’Vante Bausby had the interception on the conversion and returned it the distance to give the Comanders two points.
Commanders linebackers Jayrone Elliott and Danny Ezechukwu both caused fumbles. Elliott and Austin Larkin recorded quarterback sacks.
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.
Nine more players have signed with the San Antonio Commanders, the Alliance of American Football (AAF) announced on Friday:
Tre Dickerson DB Emporia State
Chase Dutra DB Indiana
Tayo Fabuluje T TCU
Jarod Haynes K East Central (OK)
Joel Lanning LB Iowa State
Zack Sanchez DB Oklahoma
Brandon Shed WR Hobart
Andy Smigiera DB Robert Morris
Jordan Thomas DB Oklahoma