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Commanders Overcome The Fleet 15-6

New League, New Team, A Lot Of Work Ahead

Gwynn & Chris
February 10, 2019 - 9:51 am

Professional football in San Diego has meaning once again, but on opening night of the Alliance of American Football League it was San Antonio who got the sweet taste of victory.  This will be the first time Mike Martz and Mike Riley have been on opposing sidelines since October of 2000 when Martz's Rams beat Riley’s Chargers 57-31.  

The Commanders pulled away from the Fleet in the final 15 minutes, when Kenneth Farrow scored from 3 yards out to start the fourth quarter. The Commanders then added a late field goal for a 15-6 win.

After a scoreless first quarter, San Antonio was able to put together a 9 play 82 yard drive, capped off with a 29 yard field goal by Nick Rose.

The following Fleet possession, Mike Bercovici would be picked off by Orion Stewart. That turnover would lead to a 23 yard field goal by Rose, and San Antonio would double the lead to make it 6-0.

It was one of the many former Aztecs on this team that got the Fleet offense rolling. Bercovici hit tight end Gavin Escobar for 26 yards to get them going. That drive would lead to the first points in Fleet franchise history, a 47 yard field goal by Donny Hageman to cut the lead to 6-3.

The Fleet defense would come up with a huge turnover when Commanders quarterback Logan Woodside was intercepted by Ryan Moeller. This gave San Diego the opportunity to tie the game at 6 going into halftime.

The third quarter started with both teams trading punts, but the Fleet defense would pick off Woodside again. The offense would not be able to capitalize, as Bercovici would throw his 2nd interception of the game. Two plays later, San Antonio would add to their lead with Farrow’s 3 yard touchdown run. And, well, you know the rest.

Mike Bercovici would celebrate his 26th birthday on Saturday, completing 15 of 25 passes for 176 yards, he threw two interceptions, with the second leading to Mike Martz benching him for Philip Nelson to start the fourth quarter. Bercovici got zero gifts from his offensive line, as he was sacked six times on the night and one og those sacks going viral with a monster hit by San Antonios Shann Washington

Following the game, Fleet head coach Mike Martz announced a change at quarterback. Next week, Philip Nelson will start in place of Mike Bercovici. Martz didn't mince words after the game saying,  “We made a change at quarterback and we’ll stay with that change. “

After playing in front of a loud crowd of 27,857 in the Alamodome, the Fleet will look to turn the tide of the season as they will play their first home game in franchise history next Sunday, February 17 at 5pm. Tickets are available.


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