Hotshots smother Commanders

Commanders kicker Nick Rose made a 54-yard field goal in the second quarter. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders kicker Nick Rose made a 54-yard field goal in the second quarter. – photo by Joe Alexander
The San Antonio Commanders’ hopes of clinching a playoff spot were put on hold Sunday night.

The Arizona Hotshots dominated defensively in a 23-6 victory over the Commanders at the Alamodome.

The Commanders could have wrapped up not only a playoff berth, but the home field in the first round with a victory.

The Commanders did not score a touchdown. Their points came on field goals of 54 and 35 yards from Nick Rose – who has not missed a field-goal attempt this season.

Hotshots quarterback John Wolford passed for 216 yards including a 58-yard touchdown to Rashad Ross. The Hotshots Tim Cook ran for touchdowns of 6 and 20 yards.

Logan Woodside started at quarterback for the Commanders. He completed 4-of-9 passes for 32 yards and an interception and was sacked once.

Marquise Williams came in at quarterback late in the first half. He led both Commanders scoring drive. Williams completed 17-of-23 passes for 130 yards with no interceptions and was sacked three times.

Commanders defense vs. Stallions photo gallery

Commanders defensive back De'Vante Bausby celebrates a play during Saturday's victory over the Salt Lake Stallions at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders defensive back De’Vante Bausby celebrates a play during Saturday’s victory over the Salt Lake Stallions at the Alamodome. – photo by Joe Alexander
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.

Commanders add players to training camp roster, make cuts

Commanders players reported to training camp on Friday. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders players reported to training camp on Friday.
The San Antonio Commanders announced today that they added players to their 75-main training camp roster. The team also announced three players were released. Players reported today and practice starts tomorrow.

The following is from the Commanders official news release:

The Commanders have announced the signings of linebacker Arthur Brown, defensive back Kurtis Drummond, wide receiver John Diarse, offensive lineman Avery Gennesy, offensive lineman Donald Hawkins and running back Trey Williams.

Arthur Brown

Born in Wichita, Kan., Brown became a member of the Kansas State football program (2011-12) after electing to transfer from the University of Miami (2008-10). A two-year starter at linebacker for the Wildcats’ defense, Brown collected 218 tackles, 17 tackles for losses, three sacks and three interceptions. Drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Brown played five seasons in the league with the Baltimore Ravens (2013-15), Jacksonville Jaguars (2016), New York Jets (2016) and Seattle Seahawks (2017).

John Diarse

A native of Monroe, La., Diarse played wide receiver at LSU (2013-15) before transferring to TCU as a graduate student (2016-17). A two-year starter for Gary Patterson’s offense, Diarse became a feature piece of the offense. Finishing his collegiate career with 96 receptions, 1,429 yards and nine touchdowns, Diarse signed an undrafted rookie contract with the Denver last offseason. He was waived during the team’s final roster cuts after finishing the preseason with four catches for 68 yards.

Kurtis Drummond

From Youngstown, Ohio, Drummond was a three-star recruit before signing to play for Michigan State (2011-14). A three-year starter for the Spartans, Drummond was a two-time first team All-Big Ten reciprent and named a first team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America in 2014. Collecting 233 tackles, 14 tackles for losses, 12 interceptions and one sack, Drummond would sign an undrafted free agent contract with the Houston Texans following the 2015 NFL Draft. Drummond played two seasons with the Texans (2015-17) where he collected 13 total tackles and one forced fumble.

Avery Gennesy

A Southhaven, Miss. product, Gennesy started as an offensive tackle for Texas A&M (2014-17) under Kevin Sumlin. Transfering from East Mississippi Community College (2012-13), Gennesy helped the Aggies offense average 190.4 rushing yards per game and 361.6 passing yards per game during his two seasons as the team’s left tackle. Undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft, Gennesy was a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars (2017-18), Cleveland Browns (2018) and Denver Broncos (2018) practice squads.

Donald Hawkins

Born in Tunica, Miss., Hawkins has spent some time in the Texas area. An offensive tackle for Texas (2012-13), Hawkins started in 24 of his 25 career games under Mack Brown’s offense. Following going undrafted in 2014, Hawkins has played offensive tackles for multiple NFL teams including the Philadelphia Eagles (2014), Cleveland Browns (2014), Dallas Cowboys (2014), Miami Dolphins (2015), San Francisco 49ers (2015), Carolina Panthers (2016), New York Jets (2016) and Kansas City Chiefs. The 26-year-old played in eight NFL games over the course of four seasons.

Trey Williams

A native Spring, Texas, Williams was a state champion running back for the Dekaney Wildcats before electing to play for Texas A&M (2012-15). Over the course of three seasons, the rotational back, Williams rushed for 1,343 yards on 204 carries with 18 touchdowns, while averaging a career 8.7 yards per carry. Williams also worked as the Aggies’ return man where he collected 1684 yards on 70 returns in three years. Since leaving College Station, Williams has been a member for several NFL programs, including the Washington Redskins (2015), Dallas Cowboys (2015, 2017), New England Patriots (2015), Miami Dolphins (2015), Indianapolis Colts (2015-16) and Pittsburgh Steelers. Williams also has played in the Canadian Football League as a member of the Toronto Argonauts (2017).

In other moves, the Commanders waived the rights to Tyler Palka (WR), Juwaan Rogers (RB) and Bryan Braman (DL).