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.
Orion Stewart spent most of his college career as a mainstay in the defensive secondary at Baylor.
Life as a pro football player has been a lot more chaotic.
The Waco native played in 49 games at Baylor. As a senior in 2016 he started all 13 games, made six interceptions and earned All-Big 12 honors. In 2017 and 2018, Stewart has seen time with four different NFL teams – the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins and New York Giants.
“I bounced around a little bit,” Stewart said. “This is what I want to do. I just knew when my opportunity came, this so happened to be my opportunity, I had to be ready. That’s what I made sure I did.
“This is opportunity. My dream is to play in the NFL. I had my little stint. That’s what I’m trying to get back to.”
The 6-foot, 200-pound safety is now at the San Antonio Commanders training camp and is happy to be back in pro football.
“I love to play this game of football,” Stewart said. “Every day I get up and put my cleats on, tie my shoes up, ready to go, I love it.”
Playing on a brand new franchise in the opening season of the Alliance of American Football (AAF), Stewart is trying to become part of a cohesive defense with a group of players who are in similar situations to his own. Success in the secondary not only depends on doing your part, but also in knowing where your teammates will be.
“That was the most difficult part about all of us coming together,” Stewart said. “The first few days was kind of rusty. People were trying to get their back legs under them almost but still trying to figure out. Their minds were just kind of going all these of these directions.
“Now everyone is in the film room talking to each other, feeling out all the players. We’re starting to get adjusted to how we play and what we can do.”
What started out as an ugly day got better as practice went along. The early drizzle stopped and the temperature was around 60 at the end of practice.
Roster update from Commanders daily update
The Commanders waived offensive lineman Avery Gennesy.
The Commanders added offensive lineman Dillon DeBoer (Florida Atlantic) to the active roster. San Antonio’s roster is at 75 players.
Appeared in 46 career games along the offensive line in four seasons at Florida Atlantic University … played center, both guard positions and left tackle in senior season of 2016, earning All-Conference USA and FAU’s team offensive MVP honors … undrafted in 2017 NFL Draft.