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Atlanta Legends and San Antonio Commanders Each Secure Second Win in a Row to Conclude Week 5 AAF Action

March 11, 2019 - Alliance of American Football (AAF) News Release

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Week five of The Alliance of American Football concluded with The Atlanta Legends winning a highly contested matchup versus The Memphis Express to move within one game of second place in the Eastern Conference, and The San Antonio Commanders defeating The Arizona Hotshots to move into a tie for first place in the West.

"As we reach the halfway point of the season, we are encouraged by strong fan engagement across all platforms, steady week-to-week viewership across our family of networks and improved play on the field," said Charlie Ebersol, co-founder and CEO, The Alliance. "As teams fight for a playoff spot in the coming weeks, we look forward to more highly competitive, intense games like the ones we saw this weekend. I'm sure madness won't be a word only associated with college basketball this month."

On the heels of winning their first game in franchise history, The Atlanta Legends defeated The Memphis Express 23-20 in a tightly contested Eastern Conference game. Legends QB Aaron Murray threw for 306 yards and one touchdown, showing his playmaking ability and confidence in his first start of the season. With The Express driving for a go-ahead score in the final minutes of the game, Legends S Tyson Graham Jr. came up with a clutch interception to give the ball back to The Legends. Murray engineered a nine-play drive and Legends K Younghoe Koo connected on a game-winning 35-yard FG. It was the second straight game-winning kick for Koo, who went a perfect 3/3 on the day.

South Korean-born Koo played college football for the Georgia Southern Eagles, earning Sun Belt all-conference honors his senior season. He signed with the Los Angeles Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2017, starting the first four games of the season before being released. Koo joined The Legends in January and has connected on all 11 of his field goal attempts, sending a strong message on his ability to play again in the NFL.

Express QB Zach Mettenberger threw for 181 yards and rushed for a touchdown in his second consecutive start. After a key fumble recovery by The Express, Mettenberger got things moving quickly in the first quarter, throwing a 29-yard pass to WR Reece Horn. RB Zac Stacy finished the drive with a seven-yard touchdown run to give The Express a 6-3 lead. The Express carried the momentum into the second quarter, when Mettenberger threw a game-high 56-yard pass to RB Sherman Badie, leading to Stacy's second touchdown of the day, a three-yard rush for a 12-11 lead. The Express were unable to hold onto the lead, falling to 1-4 on the season while The Legends improved to 2-3.

The San Antonio Commanders defense forced five turnovers in a 29-25 victory over The Arizona Hotshots. Commanders S Darren Smith returned an interception for a 66-yard touchdown to open the scoring.The Commanders would go on to extend their lead to 14-0 on a 54-yard touchdown pass from QB Logan Woodside to WR Mekale McKay. RB Kenneth Farrow II rushed for a one-yard touchdown, and Woodside added another touchdown pass, a five-yard throw to TE Stehly Reden, for a 26-0 lead.

Hotshots QB John Wolford led a furious comeback attempt, throwing two second half touchdowns, a 45-yard connection with WR Rashad Ross and a four-yard throw to TE Thomas Duarte that pulled The Hotshots within 10 with 3:30 remaining. Hotshots DB Erick Dargan then grabbed a key interception, and on the ensuing drive RB Tim Cook scored on a one-yard run to cut the lead to four. The Hotshots onside conversion attempt failed, and The San Antonio Commanders held on for the win, improving to 3-2, good enough for first place in the Western Conference.

Week six action features The Memphis Express at The Salt Lake Stallions on Bleacher Report Live Saturday afternoon. The Arizona Hotshots take on The Orlando Apollos Saturday night on NFL Network, as the Apollos try to continue their undefeated season. The San Antonio Commanders face The Atlanta Legends Sunday afternoon on CBS Sports Network. The San Diego Fleet will look to remain unbeaten at home as the wrap week six play against The Birmingham Iron, Sunday night on NFL Network.


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