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San Diego Fleet quarterback Phillip Nelson completed a rare behind-the-back pass to Gavin Escobar in last night's home-opening win.
⚓ The San Diego Fleet (1-0) opened its home schedule with a 24-12 come-from-behind victory over the Atlanta Legends (0-2) in front of over 20,000 fans who braved some heavy rain.

Ja'Quan Gardner put up 104 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, but in the fourth quarter, he became the first player in Fleet history to find the end zone after his 8-yard run gave the team a 15-12 lead with 9:04 left to play.

Following a three-and-out by Atlanta, Gardner scored again from seven yards to all but seal the game. “This is a huge win for us to get back on track,” Gardner said. “Football is back in San Diego and we couldn’t be happier.” The Legends got the ball first and ended their opening drive with a 29-yard field goal by Younghoe Koo.

On the ensuing possession, quarterback Phillip Nelson, who was making his first career start, was picked off by Carlos Merritt. Atlanta capitalized with a 19-yard bomb from Matt Simms to Malachi Jones to give the Legends an early 9-0 lead.

A 46-yard field goal Donny Hageman put the Fleet on the board with 1:38 left in the first half.

Ryan Moeller's second interception of the season set up another Hageman field goal, the 43-yarder cut Atlanta's lead to 9-6 at the half.

The San Diego State alum made all four of his attempts.

Next Sunday the Fleet returns home with a chance to redeem their opening week loss to the San Antonio Commanders, who are coming off a 37-29 loss to Orlando. 🏈

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John Buckley earned his first win as head coach after the San Diego Enforcers (1-0) opened the season with a 21-0 triumph over the visiting Los Angeles Grizzlies (0-1). After missing the last two games of last season, veteran quarterback JJ Carrell returned and threw for two touchdowns. The first score came on just the second play from scrimmage, when he found Jonathan Gonzales for a 65-yard catch and run.

With 3:39 left to play in the half, Carrell hit Derrick McCain for a 12-yard strike to put the Enforcers up 14-0. Early in the fourth quarter, Steven Swaitkowski ran 9 yards for the final touchdown of the game.

Contributing to a strong defensive effort, Matt Steinbach recorded two of the team's four interceptions.

The next outing take place on March 23rd when the Enforcer host the Chicago Blaze at Cathedral Catholic High School.
In November 2018, the Indoor Football League (IFL) introduced the San Diego Strike Force as one of its newest franchises. Three months later, the team is set to play its inaugural game on the road against the Quad City Steamwheelers next Friday at 5:05 p.m. pacific time.

All games will air live on the league's YouTube channel.

We spoke with head coach Burt Grossman, quarterback Derrick Bernard, and former USD running back Jereke Armstrong Jr. (San Pasqual) after the team's scrimmage.

Season tickets for all seven Strike Force home games at Pechanga Arena San Diego are currently available thru the team’s official website, www.sdstrikeforce.com. Single game tickets for all seven home games are also on sale. The Strike Force’s home opener is set for Sunday, March 3 against the Tucson Sugar Skulls.
🔴⚫ John Buckley earned his first win as a head coach after @SDEnforcersFootball (1-0) shut out the visiting Los Angeles Grizzlies (0-1) 21-0 in the @NPSFL season opener. 🏈

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✈️ We got our first look at the San Diego Strike Force (@sdstrikeforce) this morning during the team's scrimmage outside their home arena. 🏈

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Great view of the Arena as the San Diego Strike Force (@SDStrikeForce) get set for their scrimmage.

The Strike Force will open its inaugural season next Friday night against the Quad City Steem Wheelers in Moline, Illinois.

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⚓ Looking to bounce back from last week's season-opening loss to San Antonio, the San Diego Fleet (0-1) will host its first-ever home game this Sunday against the Atlanta Legends (0-1). The first snap (no kickoffs in the AAF) is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. pacific time.

This will be the first professional football game played at SDCCU Stadium since January 1, 2017.

We spoke briefly with running back Ja'Quan Gardner about his game-high 55-yard rushing performance at San Antonio, and how the Fleet offense can improve.

Following last week's game where the only San Diego points came from two Donny Hageman field goals, head coach Mike Martz named Phillip Nelson the new starting quarterback.

Brian Brown and tight end Gavin Escobar led all Fleet receivers with 66 yards each. 🏈

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The @AAFFleet are preparing to host San Diego's first pro football game since January, 1 2017.

They take on @AAFLegends this Sunday at SDCCU Stadium.

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Under the direction of first-year head coach John Buckley, the two-time @NPSFL national champion San Diego Enforcers (@sdenforcersfootball) will host their season-opener this Saturday against the Los Angeles Grizzlies, who upset the Enforcers 17-13 in last year's season-finale.

Their shot at redemption will take place at Madison High School, with kickoff scheduled for 1:00 p.m. pacific time. This will be the be the third meeting between the teams, who are tied at 1-1 in the all-time series.

Buckley takes over for longtime leader Brian Salmon, who announced his retirement in November after a successful stint that dates back to 1999.

With big shoes to fill, Buckley will inherit a solid roster that features returning veterans on both sides of the ball. Quarterback JJ Carrell returns after missing the last few games of last season, while ball-hawking free safety Matt Steinbach will help anchor the "Darkside Defense". 🏈

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SAN ANTONIO, TX (02/07/2019) The Alliance of American Football kicked off its inaugural season with a nationally televised contest between the San Diego Fleet and hosting San Antonio Commanders.

Two field goals (47 & 28 yards) by former San Diego State kicker Donny Hageman were the only points San Diego could get on the board, as the San Antonio defense kept the Fleet (0-1) from reaching the end zone, helping secure the 15-6 win in front of 27,857 fans at the Alamodome.

With the score tied 6-6, Kenneth Farrow II opened the fourth quarter with a three-yard run for the only touchdown of the game, giving the Commanders (1-0) a 12-6 lead.

Quarterback Mike Bercovici completed 15 of 25 passes for 176 yards and two picks before getting benched at the start of the fourth quarter for Philip Nelson, who head coach Mike Martz named the week two starter after the game.

The Fleet will host the Atlanta Legends in their first home game on Sunday, February 17th at 5:00 p.m. PT at SDCCU Stadium.

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🏈 Led by head coach Mike Martz, the San Diego Fleet (@AAFFleet) will help kick off the Alliance of American Football (@TheAAF) inaugural season when they take on the San Antonio Commanders (@AAFCommanders) this Saturday, February 9th at the Alamodome. 📺 The game will be televised live on CBS at 5:00 p.m. PT. 💪 Seven of eight former San Diego State players on the Fleet roster were named starters for this match-up, including left tackle Terry Poole who spoke with us after practice.

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