Commerce Trucks Banks County in 2015

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To start the 2015 season, the Commerce Tigers traveled to Homer, Ga. for their season opener against Banks County and came away with a 55-13 lopsided victory in this cat fight with their northern neighbors.

The Tigers opened the scoring with a 10-play, 68-yard drive capped by an 8-yard run up the Leopard defensive middle on their first drive of the game for a 7-0 lead. J’varius Wood scored the first Commerce touchdown on an 8-yard run.

The Leopards answered with a 58-yard scoring strike through the air to tie the score.

Later, Cole Chancey’s 41 yard right end run set up quarterback Caleb Brooks 16-yard scoring run to put the Tigers back on top 14-7 late in the 1Q.

Banks County early in the second period scored on a short run from inside the ten, but the PAT kick hit the left upright and bounced away leaving the Tigers with a tight one point lead at 14-13.

Here, the Tiger offense then proceeded to score four unanswered touchdowns in the second stanza to take an eventual 42-13 halftime lead.

First Brooks passed to halfback J’varius Wood for a 19-yard touchdown.  This score was set up by a 49 yard running effort by fullback Will Thomas.

Then, fullback Will Thomas burst into the end zone from 21 yards out to up the Commerce advantage to 28-13.

Commerce added two more tallies in the period, when Brooks scored on a one-yard QB keeper which was set up by a 57 yard run by JV Wood.

Following the kickoff, a BC back fumbled on the Leopard with linebacker Easley Smith recovering for the Tigers.

Brooks and the Tiger offense then capitalized on the Leopard’s mistake, when he immediately hit Wood once more with a TD aerial this time from 15 yards out in the right corner of the end zone giving Commerce a lead at intermission of 42-13.

Commerce scored twice in the final half on a 5-yard scamper by Cole Chancey which was set up by a 47 yard burst over right tackle by Thomas who took the ball down to the BC nineteen.

Commerce called off the dogs midway through the third period, after halfback Austin Brock exploded down the right sideline to score on a 76-yard gallop for a 55-13 victory.

Andres Salgado was true on seven of eight PAT attempts on the evening.

Will Thomas led the Tigers in rushing for the game with 174 yards in nine attempts.

Parker Hughes led the good Tiger defensive effort with eight tackles.

Next Friday, the Tigers travel to Dacula to take on region foe Hebron Christian Academy at 7:30.

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Commerce Franklin County Scrimmage

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The Commerce Tigers entertained the Franklin County Lions in a scrimmage on Tiger Field at Ray Lamb Stadium last Friday night and came away with a 26-7 victory after having spotted the Lions seven points early in the contest.


Following the opening kickoff, FC scored on a 39 run for an early lead after only a few plays having transpired in the game.


Commerce got on the scoreboard a few possessions later, when the Lion punt snap from the FC ten sailed over the punters head and out of the end zone giving the Tigers safety which cut the FC advantage to 7-2.


On the Tigers’ next possession, halfback Cole Chancey capped a 65-yard drive with a seven-yard scoring run on the first play of the second period to give Commerce a 9-7 lead.


Additionally, Andres Salgado kicked a 22-yard field goal just before intermission to make the halftime score 12-7.


The Tigers later scored on their first drive of the second half.


The 65-yard march was climaxed, when fullback Knox Allen scored on a plunge into the FC line from three yards out.


The Commerce second teamers finished off the night’s scoring, when quarterback Blaine Blalock bolted into the end zone on a 22-yard scamper.


Salgado successfully added all three PAT’s during the game for a final Tiger score of 26-7.


Trevonta Williford led the team in tackles with six.


The Tigers travel to Banks County in two weeks to open their 2015 high school football season in Homer, Ga. on August 28.


Commerce Wrestling State Champs 2015

Commerce Wrestling state Champs 2015From Coach Kendall Love:

I just wanted to email everyone to say thanks on behalf of the wrestlers and coaches for the support that was shown throughout this Wrestling Season.  The support of this school system and community is simply amazing.  Here are the results from the State Tournament this past weekend.  It was definitely a record breaking performance as we out-scored every team there from A-AAAAAA.  These young men represented the school system with class!!!  Please congratulate them when you see them.

All 14 wrestlers placed in the top 4 in the State.  We had 10 wrestlers that amde the State finals.


106- Kole Burchett

113- Jake Brewer

120- Dalton Flint

126- Austin Brock

132- Mitchell Patton

138- Owen Brown

170- Cole Chancey

285- Derek Benoit


160- Knox Allen

182- Dontavious Mosley


145- Michael Patton

152- Chase Forrester

220- Tyreke Wiggins


195- Cole Sweeney


Irwin County Ends Commerce Run

In a foggy mist at Irwin County, the 2014 Commerce season came to an end with a hard-fought 28-7 loss to finish a great Tiger football season at 10-3-0.

The Commerce defense dominated the first half, as it bottled up the high-powered Indian offense and limited them to a mere 41 yards of total offense in a stifling manner with superb gang tackling while the Commerce offense collected 103 yards themselves.

Caleb Brooks, on an option keeper around right end , capped a 34-yard drive with an 18-yard sprint into the end zone untouched on the Tigers’ second march of the night.  Andres Salgado’s 45th PAT of the season bolted the Tigers out front at 7-0 as the first period closed.

This score stood at the half.

The Tiger offense had three other ventures into Irwin County territory in the first half stall, as the Irwin County defense was also playing well to stymie these Tiger drives at the Indian 34, 40 and 35 yard lines.

In the second half, the Irwin County offense came to life, as an Indian running back sprinted for four scores of 69 and 70 yards along with two other shorter runs in the final period of play to put the host team up for good.

The Tigers played well on this dreary night but could not quite find enough offense and defense against a good Irwin Co. team to keep their playoff run together.

Fullback Will Thomas led the Commerce team in rushing against Irwin Co. with 76 yards while Brooks added 53 on this damp night.

The leading Tiger tacklers in the game were linebacker Jesse Underhile and cornerback J’varius Wood with nine each.   Zack Boyer had eight, and Derek Benoit and Hunter Wilkes contributed seven each for the stingy Tiger defense.

However, even with this loss congratulations go out to all the Tiger players on the 2014 Commerce team who played with much heart and grit during the entire season in making their way to the third round of the Class A playoffs.

Tiger fans are proud of each team member for all of their hard work and much effort over the course of the season which has given many thrills and much football enjoyment to the fans of Commerce football.

Tigers Win Second Round Game Over Calhoun County

Commerce, in the second round of the football playoffs, entertained Calhoun County for the first time ever, and in a hard-nosed defensive battle defeated the Cougars 10-0 to advance to the semi-finals of the Class A bracket.

The Tigers scored twice in the second period.

After having lost a fumble at their opponents’ ten yard line and later forcing a Cougar punt from the one yard line.  The Calhoun Co. kicker shanked his punt out of bounds for a seven yarder out to the visitors’ eight yard line early in the period.

From here, the Commerce offense scored in three plays with quarterback Caleb Brooks sneaking in from the one yard line.  Andres Salgado’s PAT kick was good giving Commerce a 7-0 advantage.

Three series later, Commerce safetyman Cole Chancey recovered (stole) his second of three fumbles in the first half at the Calhoun County 38 yard line.

After a fifteen yard drive, Salgado entered the game and kicked a 41-yard field goal to put the Tigers up by 10-0 at the half.

This was Salgado’s four successful field goal out of five tries during the season.

Earlier in the game, Chancey had also stolen another fumble from a Cougar runner and returned the ball for 60 yards before being finally stopped deep in Calhoun Co. territory.  This ensuing Commerce drive was halted by a fumble.

Neither team was able to score in the second half of play during the game.

The contest between these two very good defenses was plagued by four lost fumbles by each team.

The Commerce offensive rushing attack was led by Brooks with 54 yards.  Will Thomas had 50, and Chancey added 33.

The Tigers had 156 rushing yards for the game, while the Cougars were limited to 78 yards rushing and 33 passing.

The Commerce defense was led tackles by numerous players.   Derek Benoit had 9 and Tyreke Wiggins had 8.  Jesse Underhile contributed 7 and one fumble recovery, and Brevin Knox had 6.   Chancey had three fumble recoveries.  Knox and Bryan Chandler had one and a half sacks each.

Commerce now travels to Irwin County for a semi-final playoff matchup.

Commerce Beats George Walton Academy 42-0


On a rather cold homecoming night for George Walton Academy, the Commerce Tigers rolled into Monroe, Ga. and played very well both offensively and defensively to spoil the hosts special night.

The Tigers of Coach Mike Brown shutout the Bulldogs by a score of 42-0 with all Commerce points being scored in the first half.   This win increased the Commerce season record to (7-2-0).

The Tigers opened the game by scoring on all six possessions of the first half with most coming on drives with five plays or less.

Commerce started the game’s scoring in the first period on a three-yard run by quarterback Caleb Brooks to cap a 4-play, 75-yard drive.  The march was highlighted by a 67-yard scamper by fullback Will Thomas over right tackle to the Bulldog three before stepping out of bounds there.

Commerce had gained possession of the football at the Tiger 24 following a diving interception there by J’varius Wood.

The second touchdown of the opening period was another three-yard burst into the end zone by halfback Cole Chancey to give the Tigers an early 14-0 advantage.

Commerce tallied four times in the second period to increase the Tiger lead at the half to 42-0.

Brooks, on the option keeper around right end, bolted up the field unopposed for a 41-yard TD gallop on the second play of the possession.

On the next Tiger possession, Thomas capped a two-play drive with a 67-yard burst over left guard and up the center of the field to pay dirt for the touchdown eluding the final George Walton tackler near the 20 yard line.  This effort increased the Commerce lead to 28-0 midway through the period.

The final two scores of the half for Commerce came on a 17-yard pass from QB Brooks to split end J’varius Wood who tiptoed down the left sideline to the pylon for the touchdown after making a fine reception there near the Commerce side of the field.

The last Tiger tally came on an 8-yard trap play by halfback Grant Mayberry over left guard for the touchdown.  The score was set up by a fumble recovery by J. Wood at the Bulldog 22.

Jesse Underhile led the Tigers in tackles on the night with ten.

Will Thomas led the Tigers in rushing for the game with six carries for 158 yards.

Andres Salgado successfully kicked all six PAT’s on the night and now is 33×34 on the season and is also 3×3 on field goal attempts as well.  Salgado’s kicking expertise has been a great asset to the Tigers in 2014.

Both marching bands of the two schools performed extremely well during the night especially during their halftime performances, as they were dressed in character costumes on this Halloween night.

Since 1909, the Tigers have played ten games on Halloween night with the first coming in 1952 and now have a record of (7-3-0) over that span of time.

The final Tiger game of the regular season will be against Lakeview Academy at Commerce on Friday.

Tigers Blow Past Indians


The Commerce Tigers held their homecoming game against Towns County last Friday night and came out victorious by a lopsided score of 58-0.

The Tigers scored three times in the initial period on two early touchdown runs of 43 and 52 yards by halfback Grant Mayberry who skirted left end to score on both plays behind great blocking by the Commerce offensive line.

Defensive back J’varius Wood also added a score in the period, when he stole the ball away from a Towns County runner at the Commerce 40 yard line and returned the theft on a 60-yard touchdown jaunt down the right sideline in front of the Commerce bench all the way to pay dirt for a Commerce lead of 21-0 at the end of the period.


In the second stanza, the Tigers chalked up 24 more points.


Special teams play was the norm on this night, as defensive back Cole Chancey, later in the game, picked up a fumble deep in Indian territory and scampered into the end zone to score from 17 yards out for the first tally of the period.


Andres Salgado later added a 30-yard field goal to up the Tiger advantage to 31-0.


The final two scores before intermission came on a 63-yard punt return by Trevonta Williford with Will Thomas throwing a key block on the play.


The Tigers closed out their first half scoring with a 73-yard run from scrimmage by halfback K. J. Jones with J. Wood making another key block on this long effort.  The halftime lead for Commerce was 45-0.


The Tigers added two touchdowns in the second half, as fullback Knox Allen scored on a one-yard run and quarterback Braxton Legg added a final score on a 3-yard run.


Defensive lineman Derek Benoit led Tiger defenders with eight tackles in the game.

The Tigers now travel to Monroe, Ga. on Friday to take on a very good George Walton Academy team.

Tigers Move Past Providence


The Commerce Tigers in their seventh game of the season traveled to the metro Atlanta area to play Providence Christian, a first year team in region 8-A and came out a victor in the contest by a score of 49-10.

Commerce jumped out to an early 21-0 first quarter lead before cruising to a halftime advantage of 42-7.

The initial first quarter score for the Tigers came on a 14-yard run by fullback Will Thomas culminating a short 65 yard march.


This touchdown was followed by a 35-yard quarterback keeper run for a touchdown by Caleb Brooks and another touchdown scamper by Thomas of eight yards which ended a 3-play, 97-yard venture to pay dirt of a 21-0 Commerce lead after the close of the opening period.


The Tigers also put up 21 more points in the second stanza.


Halfback Grant Mayberry scampered for a 44-yard touchdown for the first score in the second period.


Cole Chancey added two more touchdowns in the period on a 56-yard scrimmage run and a 22-yard pass reception from Brooks which occurred on the last play before halftime to give the Tigers a 42-7 lead at intermission.


The Tiger second unit put up one touchdown in the fourth period, when fullback Knox Allen scored from two yards out.


Andres Salgado kicked all seven extra points for a final score of 49-10 in the Commerce win over Providence Christian.


Commerce now has a season record of (5-2-0).


The Tigers’ homecoming game with Towns County is Friday, October 24th.

Commerce Tiger Athletics. Alltime Football Record 575-291-22 .