Sunday, March 10, 2019

Former Aztecs lead Fleet to last-second victory

SDCCU STADIUM (03/09/2019) San Diego State alum Kameron Kelly notched three interceptions, one which was returned for a touchdown, but the San Diego Fleet (3-2) still needed a 44-yard field goal from fellow Aztec Donny Hageman to pull off a 27-25 win over the Salt Lake Stallions (1-4) as time expired.

With 57 seconds left to play, the Fleet were hanging on to a 24-17 lead, but Stallions' quarterback Josh Woodrum completed a seven-yard touchdown strike to Nick Truesdell that cut the lead to 24-23.

Required to go for two since there are no extra point kicks in this league, Woodrum avoided multiple defenders until he found Kenny Bell open in the corner of the end zone, giving Salt Lake the 25-24 advantage.

With 47 seconds remaining, Mike Bercovici hit Dontez Ford deep to put San Diego in field goal range, setting Hageman up for the epic game-winner.

Kelly is the first player to record three takeaways in a single AAF game. Safety Jordan Martin found the end zone on defense after taking a fumble return 41 yards to the house.

In his first start since week one, Bercovici put up a team-record 304 passing yards and threw his first career touchdown pass to tight end Ben Johnson, which gave the Fleet a 18-11 lead to close the third quarter.

Off to a 3-0 start at home, the Fleet returns to SDCCU Stadium next week to host the Birmingham Iron.

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