Commanders fall to Hotshots – photo gallery part 2

Commanders cornerback Duke Thomas (21) breaks up a pass intended for Hotshots wide receiver Rashad Ross on Sunday at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders cornerback Duke Thomas (21) breaks up a pass intended for Hotshots wide receiver Rashad Ross on Sunday at the Alamodome. – photo by Joe Alexander
The San Antonio Commanders’ four-game win streak ended Sunday with a home-field 23-6 loss to the Arizona Hotshots at the Alamodome.

The Commanders turn around with a short week. They play the Memphis Express on Saturday at 11 a.m. (Central) at the Alamodome. The Express are coming off a 34-31 loss to the Orlando Apollos.

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 linebackers at work; Nick Temple on returning to Alamodome

Commanders linebacker Nick Temple at practice Thursday at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders linebacker Nick Temple (55) at practice Thursday at the Alamodome. – photo by Joe Alexander
The San Antonio Commanders are getting ready to do something they haven’t done in a month – play a home football game.

Commanders linebacker Nick Temple identified the key difference this weekend.

“The fans really,” Temple said. “The community here is amazing. They’re behind us. It’s Texas football.”

The Commanders are leading the league in attendance, but haven’t broken the 30,000 attendance mark yet. That will likely change Saturday at 7 p.m. when the Commanders play in the Alamodome against the Salt Lake Stallions.

“We love it when we come back home. It’s always rocking in here,” Temple said. “The last game we had almost 30,000. It’s going to be good.”

The Commanders currently sit at the top of the AAF West with a 4-2 record. The Commanders have a three-game win streak with all three victories coming on the road.

“From defense, offense and special teams, we’re playing in all three phases,” Temple said. “For us to come in and win those games, it’s always tough to win on the road. Any time you win on the road and come back home, it’s always going to be big.”

The Commanders have four games remaining in the regular season. They are one game ahead of the San Diego Fleet and Arizona Hotshots (both 3-3) in the West. Salt Lake is 2-4. The top two teams in each conference advance to the playoffs.

“Everybody in the league is close,” Temple said. “Everybody is good. Right now the No. 1 team is not far from the No. 2 team. Us winning can just boost our momentum going into the playoffs.”

Commanders linebackers Tyrone Holmes and Shaan Washington doing backflips

Commanders linebackers Tyrone Holmes (left) and Shaan Washington do backflips at practice Thursday at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders linebackers Tyrone Holmes (left) and Shaan Washington do backflips at practice Thursday at the Alamodome. – photos by Joe Alexander
How often do you get to see two guys who weigh almost 500 pounds combined do backflips?

San Antonio Commanders linebackers Tyrone Holmes, listed at 6-foot-2, 253 pounds, and Shaan Washington, 6-foot-2, 240, showed off their skills at practice Thursday at the Alamodome.

And for the record, they both stuck the landing.

Commanders linebackers Tyrone Holmes (left) and Shaan Washington do backflips at practice Thursday at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander

Commanders linebackers Tyrone Holmes (left) and Shaan Washington do backflips at practice Thursday at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander

Commanders linebackers Tyrone Holmes (left) and Shaan Washington do backflips at practice Thursday at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander

Commanders linebackers Tyrone Holmes (left) and Shaan Washington do backflips at practice Thursday at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander

Commanders linebackers Tyrone Holmes (left) and Shaan Washington do backflips at practice Thursday at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander

Commanders linebackers at training camp photo gallery

Linebackers got to work head-to-head against running backs and tight ends at Sunday's practice. - photo by Joe Alexander
Kennan Gilchrist (50) and the rest of the linebackers got to work head-to-head against blocks from running backs and tight ends at Sunday’s practice. – photo by Joe Alexander
The San Antonio Commanders went through Sunday’s training camp practice in pads. That gave them the chance to do some hitting.

Linebackers went through some drills where they took on blocks from running backs and tight ends.

Here are the 12 linebackers currently on the training camp roster:
58 Arthur Brown, Kansas State
98 Jayrone Elliott, Toledo
56 Danny Ezechukwu, Purdue
50 Kennan Gilchrist, Appalachian State
43 Joe Lanning, Iowa State
53 Austin Larkin, Purdue
51 Robert Myers, Minnesota State-Mankato
59 Aamir Petrose, Wesley
52 Ed Shockley, Villanova
55 Nick Temple, Cincinnati
54 Shaan Washington, Texas A&M
40 Jaboree Williams, Wake Forest

Note: The Commanders announced today that Kennan Gilchrist changed numbers from 47 to 50.