The San Antonio Commanders put forth a valiant effort but fell to the Orlando Apollos 37-29 at the Alamodome. The game could not have started out any better for the Commanders as the defense was rolling, the crowd was engaged and it seemed like the team could do no wrong as they raced to an early 12-0 lead after the 1st quarter. Both the run and pass game was working early on with Kenneth Farrow leading the charge on the ground and De’Marcus Ayers catching everything in sight. The second quarter was completely different as the heralded Commanders defense just couldn’t get any pressure on the QB as Garrett Gilbert had a field day dissecting the defense on a plethora of deep balls with Charles Johnson being the recipient of the majority of those bombs. There was also a strange drive where Logan Woodside, starting quarterback of the San Antonio Commanders, was taken out in favor of Marquise Williams. That drive ended with a field goal but the offense just wasn’t in the same rhythm as when Woodside was on the field. Unfortunately for the Commanders, it was more of the same as the Apollos offense just kept going over the top of the defense for the rest of the quarter to take a 17-15 lead which they held until Woodside led the offense on a nice drive to kick a field goal right before the half to get to 18-17.
There were doubts on whether the Commanders defense could make any adjustments on the field to counteract the impressive aerial assault of the Apollos and in a surprise to me the defense made what should have been the play of the game with a sack/fumble for 6 to get the Commanders up to 29-20. However, nothing is ever easy and the Apollos offense continued to do what they did all night long and that was dissect this secondary. After another touchdown from the Apollos to tie the game with 7:46 left in the game, all the Commanders needed was to bleed the clock and win the game; that did not happen as the ensuing play was a pick 6 and 2 point conversion which deflated the crowd. The Commanders mustered a drive down to the 3 yard line but failed to convert and the Apollos ran the clock out to go to 2-0 on the season as the Commanders fell to 1-1.
The announced attendance was 29,176 people which was up from the opener and if that’s any indication, I can proudly say that the Commanders and city of San Antonio has definitely shown up for these games. They have created a raucous atmosphere for both home games and will continue to support the team the more the games matter. All the credit to Orlando, they dug deep and won that game and to San Antonio, there is no doubt they’ll be back because even though the result wasn’t what the Commanders wanted, they’ll learn from this game and improve going forward. As always, #TakeCommand