The San Antonio Commanders spoiled a potential showdown of unbeatens as they edged the Birmingham Iron 12-11 to leave the Orlando Apollos as the Alliance of American Football (AAF) only remained undefeated team. Week 4 was an unlucky week to score 11 points as three teams scored 11 points and lost their games this week.
Orlando Apollos 20, Salt Lake Stallions 11
The Stallions and Apollos played in the snow in this one. The Stallions did their best to knock off the unbeaten Apollos but Orlando got it done with quarterback Garrett Gilbert passing for 244 yards. with a 20-yard touchdown to receiver Donteea Dye Jr. Receiver Charles Johnson also had a big day, hauling in nine catches for 105 yards and Apollos running back Akeem Hunt had a touchdown on the ground.
San Antonio Commanders 12, Birmingham Iron 11
Trey Williams scored a touchdown from 12 yards out in the third quarter and the San Antonio Commanders’ defense held strong to beat the Iron. Commanders running back Kenneth Farrow ran for 142 yards on 30 carries, while quarterback Logan Woodside completed 11 of 25 attempts for 106 yards. Birmingham outgained San Antonio 283-256 but scored just one touchdown on a 1-yard rush from Trent Richardson with less than two minutes to play. The Commanders’ Orion Stewart intercepted the Iron’s ensuing onside conversion attempt.
Memphis Express 26, San Diego Fleet 23
The Express finally got their first victory as they rallied against the Fleet. Memphis quarterback Zach Mettenberger led two impressive drives in the game. Mettenberger finished the game completing 18-of-25 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown while he also ran in another score on the ground. Reece Horn was again his go-to receiver, hauling in all four of his targeted passes for 63 yards.
Atlanta Legends 14, Arizona Hotshots 11
The Legends outlasted the Hotshots and despite a late touchdown to Rashad Ross and 2-point conversion attempt tied the game at 11 with 5:20 left, the Legends marched down the field for a Younghoe Koo game-winner with 1:03 left on the clock. They held Hotshots QB John Wolford to little success on their comeback attempt late in the game for the first win in franchise history. Former University of Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray replaced starter Matt Simms and. finished the game completing 20-of-33 passes for 254 yards while also leading the team with 54 rushing yards on just seven attempts.
News and Notes:
- Atlanta scored the first safety in AAF history in their game against the Hotshots.
- Orlando has the most explosive offense averaging 385 yards and 29.5 points per game.
- Orlando quarterback Garrett Gilbert is the only quarterback with more than 1,000 yards passing.
- Memphis Express linebacker Drew Jackson had 13 tackles and an interception for his team’s first win of the season.
- Nasty weather gave the AFF a blow in attendance as Birmingham and Salt Lake dropped.
Current AAF Standings:
- Orlando Apollos (4-0)
- Birmingham Iron (3-1)
- Atlanta Legends (1-3)
- Memphis Express (1-3)
- Arizona Hotshots (2-2)
- San Antonio Commanders (2-2)
- San Diego Fleet (2-2)
- Salt Lake City Stallions (1-3)
Week 5 Schedule:
- Orlando at Birmingham
- Salt Lake at San Diego
- Memphis at Atlanta
- San Antonio at Arizona