Commanders quarterback Logan Woodside vs. Hotshots photo gallery

Commanders quarterback Logan Woodside in the team's final game against the Hotshots on Sunday at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders quarterback Logan Woodside in the team’s final game against the Hotshots on Sunday at the Alamodome. – photo by Joe Alexander
Logan Woodside started all eight games for the San Antonio Commanders.

In the Commanders’ final game, he completed 4-of-9 passes for 32 yards, all in the first half, in a 23-6 loss to the Arizona Hotshots at the Alamodome.

Woodside fininished fifth in the AAF in passing yards with 1,385. The Commanders were fifth in the league in total offense.

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 QB Logan Woodside on physical game vs. Stallions

Commanders quarterback Logan Woodside passed for 164 yards and a touchdown and was sacked six times and threw one interception in Saturday's 19-15 victory over the Stallions. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders quarterback Logan Woodside passed for 164 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s 19-15 victory over the Stallions. – photo by Joe Alexander
Word around the San Antonio Commanders last week was that the Salt Lake Stallions had a defensive front as good as any in the AAF.

Logan Woodside got a first-hand look at the Stallions’ defense and pass rush on Saturday. The Stallions caught up to Woodside at times and the Commanders’ quarterback was on the sidelines at the end of the game with a sore left shoulder.

Marquise Williams was in at quarterback when the Commanders scored the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter of a 19-15 victory.

“I think I got like kind of a stinger,” Woodside said. “And it was lucky. It’s a good thing we had Quise come in, make some plays and help us go down there and score and win that game for sure.”

Woodside was sacked six times for 37 yards in losses. Mike Purcell, a 327-pound defensive tackle, led the Stallions with two sacks.

“It was tough man,” Woodside said. “The whole (AAF) West side, all of the D lines and defenses are really tough. So it was a big challenge for us. I tried to do the best I could to escape from the pocket and make some plays down field. But they were getting at us pretty quick. I’ve just got to do a better job of getting it out quicker.”

Woodside completed 13-of-19 passes for 164 yards with one interception. He threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Mekale McKay in the first quarter to give the Commanders a 6-3 lead.

Marquise Williams rallies Commanders past Stallions

Commanders running back Trey Williams scores the go-ahead touchdown on a 36-yard pass from Marquise Williams with 5:25 left in the game. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders running back Trey Williams scores the go-ahead touchdown on a 36-yard pass from Marquise Williams with 5:25 left in the game. – photo by Joe Alexander
When the San Antonio Commanders needed the cavalry to ride to their rescue, Marquise Williams answered the call.

The Commanders’ backup quarterback entered the game in the fourth quarter and drove the team to the go-ahead touchdown on a 36-yard pass to running back Trey Williams. That broke a 9-9 tie.

Marquise Williams passed to Greg Ward Jr. for the two-point conversion to extend the Commanders’ lead to 17-9 with 5:25 left in the game.

The Commanders (5-2) finished with a 19-15 victory and extended their win streak to four in their first game in the Alamodome after a month on the road. A season high 30,345 fans gave the Commanders their loud support.

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    Even after the late touchdown, the Commanders still needed a key play on defense to wrap up the win. The Stallions scored a late touchdown and had a chance to tie the game with the two-point conversion. But on the conversion play, Commanders defensive back and turnover machine De’Vante Bausby intercepted a pass and returned it the distance the other way – not only keeping the Stallions from adding two points, but giving the Commanders two points when he crossed the goal line.

    Logan Woodside started at quarterback for the Commanders and played most of the game. Marquise Williams came in to start the touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. He immediately gave the offense a spark with his running. The touchdown to Trey Williams was a short dumpoff that Trey broke for the touchdown.

    The Williams-to-Williams touchdown was the first time the Commanders scored in the second half.

    The Commanders led 9-6 at halftime. The Stallions tied it 9-9 with a field goal in the third quarter.

    The Commanders took their halftime lead on a Nick Rose 23-yard field goal with five second left in the second quarter. The Commanders had gotten to the 1-yard line on a drive that included three big penalties on the Stallions – one a roughing the passer penalty that wiped out a Stallions interception.

    The Commanders’ Duke Thomas had a key interception when the Stallions were driving. The score was tied 6-6 at the time, so Thomas’ pick kept Salt Lake from grabbing the lead.

    The Stallions moved the ball on the opening possession of the game and kicked a field goal to take a 3-0 lead.

    The Commanders went in front 6-3 when Woodside hit Mekale McKay for a 21-yard touchdown pass.

    The Stallions’ second field goal tied it 6-6.

  • Commanders wrap up road stretch with victory over Legends

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    Editor’s note: This story was updated Sunday night after the Birmingham Iron beat the San Diego Fleet 32-29

    The San Antonio Commanders wrapped up the dreaded four-game road stretch of their schedule with their third straight victory and return home at the top of the standings.

    The Commanders defense came up with a series of big plays for the second week in a row as they knocked off the Atlanta Legends 37-6 on Sunday at Georgia State Stadium.

    The Commanders (4-2) went 3-1 on the road stretch of the schedule. They play at the Alamodome on Sunday at 7 p.m. (Central) against the Salt Lake Stallions (2-4). The Commanders have sole possession of first place in the AAF West. San Diego and Salt Lake are both 3-3.

    “We just finished 3-1 on the road on a four-game road trip, which I think is pretty impressive for us,” Commanders quarterback Logan Woodside said. “We’ve got a chance to go back and play a really good Salt Lake team back in San Antonio. We’re excited about going back and playing in the Dome.”

    Commanders defensive backs De’Vante Bausby, Zack Sanchez and Derron Smith all came up with interceptions. Smith had an interception return for a touchdown for a second straight week. Duke Thomas added a first-half fumble recovery.

    The Commanders scored touchdowns after their first three takeaways.

    “We’ve got some good players and they made plays today,” Commanders coach Mike Riley said. “They’re athletic and they’re savvy. Derron Smith is a very unique football player.
    (Zack) Sanchez made another interception. Those guys, if you make a mistake around them, they’re going to make you pay. They play with a lot of confidence.

    “Getting turnovers is one thing. Being able to capitalize with points, that was really the game today. We got the ball in some good situations for our offense. We did take advantage of it and made it count got a good early lead because of it.”

    Greg Ward Jr. gave the Commanders a special teams score when he returned a punt for a league-record 79-yard touchdown. The Commanders’ offense did not have any turnovers.

    “I was really proud of our team today,” Riley said. “I think we kind of stayed on top of it. It was fun to see basically all the parts of our team, offense, defense, and special teams all contribute to winning the game. It was definitely a team win, a team effort.”

    Woodside completed 17 of 23 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns.

    “I think it’s just another week with this offense and these guys,” said Woodside, who was the AAF offensive player of the week last week. “I just tried to take it personal to study more and try to do everything I can in practice to make myself better. Obviously with the defense we have it have makes it tough on us in practice. So it always good to to go against those guys every week.”

    Wide receiver Mekale McKay and tight end Evan Rodriguez had the Commanders’ touchdown catches. Tight end Cam Clear led the team in receptions with five for 45 yards.

    “What we hoped to do is run the ball OK. We didn’t really run the ball as well as we wanted to today,” Riley said. “But we ran. We like to run.

    “Then we like to have play-action passes that go down the field. Then we need some ball-control passes. One of the best things about our game at least early in the game, we hit some consistent ball-control routes that got some first downs for us. We kept the ball for a long time in the first half.”

    Commanders running back Kenneth Farrow scored the first touchdown of the game to make it 6-0 in the first quarter. That was set up by Thomas’ fumble recovery.

    The Legends tried to get even on their next drive when they went for a deep pass. The Commanders’ Smith and Bausby were there to break it up.

    Sanchez had his interception later in the first quarter. That set the stage for Woodside’s touchdown pass and two-point conversion pass both to McKay to make it 14-0. The Commanders kept that drive going when Woodside completed a fourth-down pass to Clear.

    The Commanders defense came up with its third takeaway of the first half on Bausby’s interception. This time Woodside threw a touchdown pass to Evan Rodriguez and the Commanders led 20-0.

    The Legends scored a touchdown late in the first half for what turned out to be their only points of the game.

    Ward’s punt return for the touchdown extended the Commanders’ lead to 26-6 with 1:00 left in the half.

    Nick Rose, who has not missed this season, kicked a field goal on the Commanders’ first possession of the second half to make it 29-6.

    Both offenses were held in check the rest of the way. The final touchdown of the game came on Smith’s 87-yard interception return with 8:40 remaining.

    Commanders working on their passing game at practice: photo gallery

    Commanders quarterback Logan Woodside at practice Thursday at Central Catholic High School as the team prepared for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Legends. - photo by Joe Alexander
    Commanders quarterback Logan Woodside at practice Thursday at Central Catholic High School as the team prepared for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Legends. – photo by Joe Alexander
    San Antonio Commanders quarterback Logan Woodside is currently No. 3 in the AAF in passing yards with 1,025 after five games – one yard behind No. 2 John Wolford of the Arizona Hotshots. The Orlando Apollos’ Garrett Gilbert is No. 1 at 1,357.

    The Commanders’ Mekale McKay is No. 3 in the league in receiving yards at 317. Alonzo Moore is second on the team in receiving yards with 178 and De’Marcus Ayers is third with 165.

    The Commanders are coming off a 29-25 road victory over the Arizona Hotshots that saw Woodside pass for 290 yards and two touchdown and earn AAF offensive player of the week honors.

    “We had a good game plan going in,” Woodside said. “The receivers made plays. I think we’re just clicking as an offense in general. We stalled out some drives in the third quarter, which you can’t have three-and-outs. But the defense did a great job starting out, especially with Derron (Smith) on the pick six to start the game.

    “We’ve just got to continue to get better. I think that as we continue to get to know each other, the more that we’re with each other, we going to continue to get better. We’ve just got to continue to work hard throughout the week and prepare because ultimately that’s the only way you can go have success.”

    Commanders’ Logan Woodside named offensive player of the week

    Commanders quarterback Logan Woodside has completed 38-of-75 passes for 478 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in the first two games. - photo by Joe Alexander
    Commanders quarterback Logan Woodside, shown at practice at Central Catholic High School, is the offensive player of the week. – photo by Joe Alexander
    Commanders quarterback Logan Woodside AAF earned offensive player of the week honors after San Antonio’s 29-25 road victory over the Arizona Hotshots on Sunday.

    Woodside threw two touchdowns and completed 21 of 27 passes for 290 yards. He had one interception. In the first half he completed 12 of 13 passes for 192 yards and both of his touchdowns.

    From the AAF news release:

    Defensive player of the week:
    San Diego DB Kameron Kelly

    Kelly set an Alliance single-game record with three interceptions in The Fleet’s 27-25 win last week. Kelly, who returned one of his three interceptions for a 22-yard touchdown, also had four passes defensed and tied for second on the team with six tackles.

    Special teams player of the week:
    Atlanta K Younghoe Koo

    Koo converted all three of his field goal attempts, including makes from 25, 35 and 38 yards, in leading Atlanta to a 23-20 victory in week five. With the score tied at 20 late in the fourth quarter, Koo made a game-winning 35-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining in regulation. The South Korean-born Koo is a perfect 11-for-11 on the season.

    Commanders’ defense takes away road win over Hotshots

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    The San Antonio Commanders’ defense produced five takeaways – including two interceptions by Derron Smith – in a 29-25 road victory over the Arizona Hotshots on Sunday in Tempe, Ariz.

    The victory gives the Commanders (3-2) a tie with the San Diego Fleet (3-2) at the top of the AAF West standings. The Commanders have won two straight on the road.

    Smith had two of the three interceptions the Commanders’ defense got off Hotshots quarterback John Wolford. That carried the Commanders to a 26-0 first-half lead. Wolford had thrown only three interceptions in the first four games combined but had three in the first half against the Commanders. De’Vante Bausby had the Commanders’ other interception.

    Commanders quarterback Logan Woodside was sharp in the first half, completing 12 of 13 passes for 192 passes. He finished the game 21 of 27 for 290 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

    The Hotshots made a game of it in the second half, outscoring the Commanders 25-3 over the third and fourth quarters. The Commanders’ defense made a final game-clinching stop when the Hotshots went for an on-side conversion in the last two minutes of the game.

    The Commanders got the first big play of the game on the Hotshots opening possession. Smith intercepted a Wolford pass and returned it 66 yards for a touchdown.

    The Commanders were also efficient on offense early, scoring touchdowns on their first three possession. The Commanders extended their early lead to 14-0 on a 54-yard touchdown pass from Woodside to Mekale McKay.

    The Commanders’ second offensive possession of the game cashed in on a 1-yard touchdown run by Kenneth Farrow II. Woodside threw a 5-yard TD pass to tight end Stehly Reden and the Commanders lead 26-0.

    San Antonio had a drive into the red zone at the end of the first half. That ended on a turnover after a miss-timed snap. The Commanders had a second-half drive in the red zone come up empty on an interception near the goal line.

    The Hotshots hit back-to-back long passes on their first possession of the second half. The second of those two completions was a 45-yard touchdown from Wolford to Rashad Ross. The Hotshots added a 23-yard field goal by former Dallas Cowboys kicker Nick Folk. Wolford’s second touchdown pass went 4 yards to tight end Thomas Duarte.

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    Logan Woodside, Mike Riley on Commanders’ win over Iron

    San Antonio Commanders quarterbacks Logan Woodside (10), Marquise Williams (12) and Logan Woodside (5) at practice at Central Catholic High School on Wednesday as they prepared for the Arizona Hotshots in the fifth game of the season. - photo by Joe Alexander
    San Antonio Commanders quarterbacks Logan Woodside (10), Marquise Williams (12) and Logan Woodside (5) at practice at Central Catholic High School on Wednesday as they prepared for the Arizona Hotshots in the fifth game of the season. – photo by Joe Alexander
    The San Antonio Commanders’ 12-11 victory over the Birmingham Iron on Sunday did more than snap the team out of a two-game losing streak.

    The Commanders are now 1-1 on the road and 2-2 overall, putting them in a tie for the lead in the AAF West.

    “There’s three of in the West that are 2-2,” Commanders coach Mike Riley said. “Every victory right now is really kind of important for that inching ahead.”

    The Commanders earned their victory over the Iron by running the ball and putting together some long drives. Having to string together drives came in large part because they were often taking over the ball around the 10-yard line. The Commanders got their first possession at the 9, and drove far enough to get a Nick Rose field goal and a 3-0 lead.

    “The first drive of last week, we didn’t get a touchdown but we came away with three points,” Commanders quarterback Logan Woodside said. “We held the ball for a while. I think that’s good for us because it gets our defense a chance to rest.

    “The punter did a really good job. He had a really good leg. It’s tough but we had to start from the 10-yard line a few times. It’s just up to the offense to make plays and not make mistakes and go down and try to put points on the board.”

    The offense chewed up the clock largely on the 30 carries for a league-record 142 yards by running back Kenneth Farrow II. Trey Williams also saw a little action at running back and ran for a touchdown.

    “I think we came out and established the run game,” Woodside said. “The O line and Ken (Farrow) did a great job throughout the game and really made it easy on me. I was really happy and proud of those guys and proud of Ken for sure.

    “I just had to do my job. I can’t control how the plays are called. When they are just execute them to the best of my ability. Had to make a few checks throughout the game in the run game. I think that helped us out, so it was good. I think that’s something I pride myself on during the week is getting the right looks and getting the run game because that can really help us out a lot.”

    The Commanders’ defense held the Iron to one touchdown and also came up with critical turnovers. The turnover battle, which had hurt the Commanders in the their two losses, worked out on San Antonio’s side on Sunday.

    “We were running the ball. It was really close to the vest,” Riley said. “One mistake by either team was probably going to lose the game. That’s what happened. They turned the ball over to over and we won the game.”

    Wednesday’s practice at Central Catholic was the first for the team since Sunday’s game. The positive feeling from the victory seemed to carry over into practice.

    “It was hard and we had to fight to win and everybody feels good when that happens,” Riley said. “It was a good football team, very, very solid Birmingham. So it took everything to beat them. I think they feel good about that because they know our team prepared well and we played hard – really hard – in that game.”

    Kenneth Farrow II powers Commanders past Iron

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    Kenneth Farrow II rushed for an AAF-record 142 yards to power the San Antonio Commanders to a 12-11 victory over the previously undefeated Birmingham Iron on Sunday in Birmingham.

    The Commanders (2-2) snapped a two-game losing streak and earned the first road victory in franchise history. The Iron fell to 3-1.

    “The Iron have a good, solid football team,” Commanders coach Mike Riley said. “They are very, very sound and physical. They are really hard to score against when you get down in the red zone, as everybody saw. Both teams had to fight to the end and I was real proud that we won the game.”

    Farrow, the Commanders’ leading ball carrier on the season, started at running back against the Iron and had the bulk of the carries. Trey Williams also saw some action at running back. The Commanders finished with 161 rushing yards as a team.

    “Ken is a good solid player,” Riley said. “We have good running backs. Ken is a good example of that group and had a very special night. He ran hard, worked hard. All of it was hard. The game was hard. It was physical, hard football.”

    Farrow had a big part in the Commanders’ only touchdown drive of the game in the third quarter. Williams finished the drive with a 12-yard touchdown run that put the Commanders up 9-3.

    The Commanders got their best starting field position of the game in the fourth quarter after a fumble recovery. Nick Rose kicked a 20-yard field goal with 3:58 left to extend the Commanders’ lead to 12-3. That field goal came after the Iron stuffed a series of Commanders running plays on a goal-line stand.

    “Birmingham has been the leading red zone defense in the league,” Riley said. “We just about tried it all. We’re just going to have to go back and look at it again. At some point you have to block them to get into the end zone. We didn’t. They stopped us and that’s what kept the game interesting all the way down to the end.”

    Commanders quarterback Logan Woodside completed 11-of-25 passes for 106 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.

    “I thought Logan did a great job of competing and making some plays and doing some things we needed to do,” Riley said. “We didn’t throw the ball as effectively throughout the game as we wanted to. That was due both to the way the game was going and what we tried to do with the football when we got it, which was run the ball primarily.

    “Also the pressure he got made it tough to make some throws. And then we hit some big throws. On one in particular we got a penalty, which was crazy bad timing.”

    The Commanders scaled back some of the rotations they used in earlier games. Instead of using three running backs, the stuck with Farrow and Williams. And Marquise Williams, who saw time at quarterback the previous two games, was not involved in this game.

    The Iron made the game close late. Trent Richardson scored on a 1-yard run with 1:41 remaining. Luis Perez threw for the two-point conversion to cut the Commanders’ lead to one point.

    In the AAF’s substitute for an on-side kick, Commanders safety Orion Stewart made an interception to end the Iron’s last hope.

    The Commanders have two more road games before returning to the Alamodome. Next up is the Arizona Hotshots on Sunday at 7 p.m. Central (NFL Network).

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