De'Veon Smith rushed for three touchdowns Saturday as the visiting Orlando Apollos cruised to a 36-6 win over the Atlanta Legends to clinch an Alliance of American Football playoff berth.
Orlando (6-1) bounced back from its first loss of the season last week and handed Atlanta (2-5) its second consecutive defeat.
Garrett Gilbert, who played briefly for the Carolina Panthers in 2018, passed for 217 yards and threw a touchdown to former Minnesota Vikings wideout Charles Johnson. The Apollos also got a 65-yard pick-six from Deji Olatoye. Smith scored on runs of 1, 1 and 4 yards and added a successful two-point conversion.
Aaron Murray's 8-yard touchdown pass to Malachi Jones cut Orlando's lead to 8-6 on the first play of the second quarter, but the Apollos responded with 28 unanswered points.
Commanders 19, Stallions 15
Marquise Williams relieved injured starting quarterback Logan Woodside and hit running back Trey Williams for the go-ahead 36-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, helping San Antonio dispatch visiting Salt Lake.
Woodside, a seventh-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2018, went 13 of 19 for 164 yards with a touchdown and an interception before hurting his shoulder while getting sacked for the sixth time in the game. With 5:29 remaining, Marquise Williams found Trey Williams on third-and-16 for what proved to be the game-winning score.
Salt Lake quarterback Josh Woodrum, who has spent time on six NFL rosters, hit Terrell Newby for a 21-yard touchdown with two minutes remaining to get within 17-15. However, the ensuing two-point conversion attempt was intercepted by Commanders cornerback De'Vante Bausby and returned for two points for San Antonio, creating the final four-point margin.
San Antonio remained atop the Western Conference at 5-2, while Salt Lake dropped to 2-5.
--Field Level Media