It was a tale of two skid-snapping games at the Alliance of American Football on Sunday as the San Antonio Commanders and the Atlanta Legends put an end to their own respective losing streaks, March 3.
San Antonio bounced back big-time at Legion Field to deal the Birmingham Iron its first ever loss at The Alliance while Atlanta nabbed their first ever victory against the Arizona Hotshots.
The Commanders halted their two-game losing skid at the expense of erstwhile undefeated Iron, 12-11, after surviving the latter’s late surge in the final period.
San Antonio quarterback Logan Woodside still could not find his groove after only completing 11 of his 25 passes for 106 yards, but running back Kenneth Farrow II carried their offense after rushing 30 times for a total of 142 yards.
“The Iron have a very solid football team. They hare a very sound and physical team. They are really hard to score against. I was really proud we won the game,” Commanders head coach Mike Riley said at the post-game press conference.
San Antonio’s win propelled them to a three-way tie at the top spot in the Western Conference with San Diego and Arizona Hotshots following the latter two’s losses this week for a 2-2 win-los record.
Meanwhile, Atlanta has finally found their place at the win column after an 0-3 start, thanks to backup quarterback Aaron Murray’s heroics to stave off Arizona, 14-11, at the Sun Devil Stadium.
Murray came in early in the first quarter for the Legends after starting quarterback Matt Simms injured his right hand off a sack by Arizona linebacker Will Sutton III in their initial drive.
The former University of Georgia Atlanta alum finished 20-for-33 for 254 yards while also leading his team on the ground with seven carries for 54 yards under the tutelage of new offensive coordinator Ken Zampese.
Atlanta amassed an AAF record of 454 total yards with 177 of it coming from its running game.
“We ran the ball effectively and that was really big for us. It helped us control the time of possession.
“Aaron (Murray) was ready. It wasn’t like he didn’t get the reps to prepare himself in practice. When he got his opportunity, he took the team down the field,” Legends head coach Kevin Coyle said.
Atlanta is now 1-3 in the season and will head back at home to face the Memphis Express at Georgia State Stadium next Sunday.