After two near-misses, the San Antonio Riders used a reserve quarterback to get in the victory column in the World League of American Football.
Mike Johnson directed San Antonio to 10 points during a 3-minute span in the third quarter Sunday and the Riders defense held the Sacramento Surge to one second-half first down in a 10-3 victory before a crowd of 6,772.Both teams now are 1-2 for the season.
Johnson, who joined the Riders last week after injuries to quarterbacks Lee Saltz and Jason Garrett, gave San Antonio its first lead (7-3) with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Bill Hess with 4:35 remaining in the third quarter.
Johnson completed 12 of 27 passes for 164 yards. He was intercepted once.
Sacramento had the only score in the first half, a 45-yard field goal by Kendall Trainor in the second quarter.