What a game! Off a 4 game road trip where the Commanders went 3-1, San Antonio finally returned to the beloved Alamodome and welcomed the visiting Salt Lake Stallions to town. The game started off rather slowly for the Commanders as they just couldn’t get in to any sort of rhythm in the first quarter as injuries were piling up on the defense but the crowd did what they’ve been doing all year and after a drive in to the red zone helped the Commanders defense force a field goal attempt which went right through the uprights for an early 3-0 lead. The Commanders and Logan Woodside though caught fire on the ensuing drive which resulted in a beautiful touchdown reception by MeKale McKay to get up 6-3. The game seemed to bog down from this point forward as both defenses started to put on a show with the Stallions defensive line really getting after Woodside and the Commanders defense making timely stops as the Stallions crossed in to Commander territory. After trading field goals throughout the next couple of quarters, it was 9-9 entering the fourth and anybody’s game to win.
Enter Marquise Williams. Williams comes in to the game in the 4th quarter and provided a jolt to the Commander offense scrambling for a first down and just sustaining a drive which was missing since that first quarter. With 5:26 remaining in the game, Williams throws a screen to Tre Williams who takes it to the house 44 yards and gets the Commanders the lead. Following a successful 2 point conversion, the Commanders go up 17-9 and the crowd was wild. Soulja Boy blaring through the stadium, fans getting up, making noise, this is the Commanders game to win as they force a 3rd and long after another sack by the Commander defensive line. Things can never be easy though and the Stallions complete a deep pass on 3rd and long to get to the Commanders redzone. They scored on the next play and the dome was silent for the first time all game. Could the Commanders really lose this game? De’Vaunte Bausby says not on my watch as he returns the Stallions 2 point conversion all the way back to get the Commanders up 19-15. A couple strong runs by Kenneth Farrow and the Commanders close the show yet again to go to 5-2 on the year.
Attendance was a record for the AAF of 30,345 and the fans really made the difference in this game. They got loud when they needed to and willed this Commanders team to another big victory. The Arizona Hotshots better be ready cause this is a true home field advantage for the Commanders. The Alamodome is a true Terror dome for opponents and as always #TakeCommand
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