Commanders, Apollos Soar In First Ever AAF Games

Commanders, Apollos Soar In First Ever AAF Games

By James Jackson

February 10, 2019

After Saturday’s debut of the Alliance of American Football, it appears the debut of the newly formed league was a success. The San Diego Fleet traveled to Texas to take on the San Antonio Commanders in a game that caught the eyes of a lot of people. The Orlando Apollos put on a clinic in their season opener.

The first game on deck was the Fleet and the Commanders in the Alamodome. It wasn’t a high scoring game, however there was many memorable moments. One of the most memorable plays came when Commanders linebacker Shaan Washington completely blindsided Fleet quarterback Mike Bercovici. This game was a solid defensive battle, forcing turnovers constantly. The Commanders held on to win 15-6.

The final game for Saturday saw the Orlando Apollos soar past the Atlanta Legends. There was a lot of hype revolving around the Legends, however none of that was put on display Saturday night. The Apollos claimed the first touchdown in AAF history, in dramatic fashion. Apollos quarterback Garrett Gilbert found wide receiver Jalin Marshall but the catch was challenged by Legends head coach, Kevin Coyle. With that challenge, the AAF had the chance to show off their new officiating technology which was well received by many. Steve Spurrier even called the "Philly Special", making the crowd roar with excitement. The Apollos defeated the Legends 40-6.

Two games are down in week one, two more remain. The Memphis Express take on the Birmingham Iron while the Salt Lake Stallions take on the Arizona Hotshots.

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