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San Antonio Commanders Win AAF Opener Over San Diego Fleet 15-6

San Antonio Commanders Win AAF Opener Over San Diego Fleet 15-6

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Football fans have been hearing about it for the last year, but on Saturday night, it finally happened. The latest attempt at a new football league, the Alliance of American Football kicked off with two games. In Florida, the Atlanta Legends took on the Orlando Apollos.

Over in the Lone Star State, the San Antonio Commanders hosted the San Diego Fleet. While the Atlanta-Orlando game ended up being a blowout (40-6, Orlando), the San Antonio-San Diego game was a lot closer.

Both teams struggled to get their offenses on track early on. But while Logan Woodside was eventually able to generate some offense with the Commanders, Mike Bercovici struggled for the fleet. Blame it on poor blocking or credit the defense, but he was harassed and chased most of the night before getting pulled in the third quarter.

Bercovici was sacked six times including one in the first half by Commanders linebacker Shaan Washington that sent Bercovici’s helmet flying. He also had three interceptions before getting pulled.

The Commanders had some success moving the ball on the ground and in the air. But, like the San Diego offense, it was inconsistent—but more consistent than what the Fleet was able to produce. Logan Woodside ended up completing 50 percent of his passes on the night (18-36) for 255 yards. However, he also had a couple of interceptions.

Head coach Mike Riley was happy with what he saw (AAF):

“I was very impressed with our defense and how we stayed after it throughout the evening…. I was really proud of our team and how we continued to play and do what we needed to do to win.”

Woodside seemed to get on the same page quickly with two of his wide receivers, Mekale McKay and Greg Ward. McKay had a team-high five catches for 80 yards while Ward had five catches for 65 yards. Alonzo Moore had a couple of nice catches as well.

The only touchdown of the game came off a three-yard touchdown run by San Antonio’s Kenneth Farrow early in the fourth quarter.

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San Antonio will try to make it two in a row when they host the Orlando Apollos next week. San Diego will try to get their first win when the Atlanta Legends come to town.

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