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.
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.”
The San Antonio Commanders had their first face-to-face look at another AAF team on Tuesday.
The Commanders and Atlanta Legends shared a practice at Farris Stadium.
The workout was energetic on both sides. The part of the practice where the teams scrimmaged against each other ended early after some fisticuffs.
Training camp report: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019
The Commanders were in pads and there was plenty of contact in practice.
The temperature was about 60 degrees and breezy at 10 a.m. It warmed up by the time things wrapped up a little after noon.
Two roster changes
The Commanders waived running back Henry Poggi
The Commanders added linebacker Tyrone Holmes.
Here is what the Commanders’ daily report says about Tyrone Holmes
Drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars 181st overall in 2016 NFL Draft … played in 15 career NFL games with the Cleveland Browns between 2016 and 2017, totaling nine total tackles and 1.0 sack … signed to Los Angeles Chargers’ practice squad in December 2018… totaled 212 tackles (72 solo, 142 assisted) in four seasons at the University of Montana … had 34.5 sacks and a school-record 49.5 tackles for loss … named the 2015 STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year and named to four separate All-American teams as a senior.