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San Antonio's Third Straight Win and Birmingham's Last Second Field Goal Close out Week Six of the Alliance

March 18, 2019 - Alliance of American Football (AAF) News Release

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Week six of The Alliance of American Football concluded with The San Antonio Commanders extending their win streak to three games with a win over the Atlanta Legends. In the night game, The Iron defeated The Fleet in a classic shootout which came down to the final play of the game. The Fleet's loss put The Commanders in sole possession of first place in the West.

"What we saw today was a product of teams feeling the heat of the playoff race," said Bill Polian, co-founder and head of football, The Alliance. "The quality of football continues to improve as teams get more reps and practices under their belts, leading to explosive plays in all facets of the game. Just today we saw the second punt return touchdown in Alliance history, an 86-yard interception return for a touchdown and an 83-yard touchdown pass, just to name a few. There's still a lot to play for and we expect teams to pull out all the stops and really open things up in the next month."

The San Antonio Commanders remained atop the Western Conference following a 37-6 win over The Atlanta Legends, clicking on all facets of the game. QB Logan Woodside led the offense with two touchdown passes and 164 yards through the air. On defense, The Commanders picked off Atlanta QB Aaron Murray three times, including DB De'Vante Bausby's league-leading fourth interception of the season and S Derron Smith's 86-yard pick six, his second consecutive game with an interception return for a touchdown. On special teams, WR Greg Ward Jr. dazzled the crowd with an electric 79-yard punt return touchdown in the second quarter. The score was the second punt return for a touchdown in Alliance history and gave The Commanders a 26-6 halftime lead.

Greg Ward Jr. is quickly becoming a threat with the ball in his hands, showcasing the speed and agility he showed as an accomplished QB at The University of Houston. In his college career, Ward accounted for 91 total touchdowns, including 42 in his junior year where he led the Cougars to a Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl win over No. 9 Florida State, a game in which he was named MVP. After a switch to wide receiver following his college career, Ward spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles before signing with The Alliance where he continues to electrify fans as a wide receiver and one of the most dangerous punt returners in the league.

Legend's QB Aaron Murray finished with 215 yards and the team's sole touchdown, but was under pressure all day from The Commanders defense, who forced three interceptions. With the loss, The Atlanta Legends fall to 2-4 on the season.

In the evening game, The Birmingham Iron ended The San Diego Fleet's unbeaten run at home in a high scoring 32-29 affair. Iron QB Luis Perez and Fleet QB Mike Bercovici combined for six touchdowns and 670 yards through the air.

Birmingham RB Trent Richardson recorded his first receiving touchdown of the season with 27 seconds left in the first quarter on a 13-yard touchdown reception where he showed off his agility and power, juking and then barreling over multiple defenders on his way to the endzone. Birmingham QB Luis Perez followed that up in the second quarter with an 83-yard touchdown pass to WR L'Damian Washington. Washington added another touchdown in the fourth quarter and ended his career day with four receptions for 128 yards and two touchdowns.

L'Damian Washington joined The Alliance after two seasons in the CFL (2016-2017) and stints with seven different NFL franchises between 2014-2015. Washington attended the University of Missouri where he showed off his ability to create space deep down the field on his way to recording 10 receiving touchdowns in his senior season, even after seeing limited action in five games due to injury.

Early in the third quarter, Iron RB Trent Richardson added to his league-leading TD total with a 2-yard score, giving him 10 on the year. Down 21-9, Bercovici led the team back. A touchdown run by RB Terrell Watson and completed two-point conversion brought The Fleet within four. On their next possession, The Fleet converted a critical fourth down and Bercovici proceeded to throw a touchdown on the very next play to Watson for a 23-21 lead.

Down by six late in the fourth quarter, Bercovici would deliver again with a 13-yard touchdown pass to WR Francis Owusu, tying the game at 29-29 with 4:32 left. Perez quickly drove The Iron down the field, completing all three of his passes to set up K Nick Novak for a game-winning 44-yard field goal.

The playoff race heats up next week with four inter-conference games with major postseason implications, including a battle for 2nd place in the west when the 3-3 San Diego Fleet visit the 3-3 Arizona Hotshots.

Saturday, March 23 - Orlando @ Atlanta 2pm TNT

Saturday, March 23 - Salt Lake @ San Antonio 8pm NFL Network

Sunday, March 24 - San Diego @ Arizona 4pm CBS Sports Network

Sunday, March 24 - Birmingham @ Memphis 8pm NFL Network

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