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In the second game of the season, Commerce defeated Hebron Christian at Ray Lamb Stadium by a score of 36-14.
Hebron took the opening kickoff and drove 60 yards for the opening touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run.
Commerce, behind field general Caleb Brooks, answered that score with one of their own to tie the game at seven when Brooks scampered around left end eventually finding pay dirt on a 50-yard run.
Two series later the Tiger defense stopped the Lion offensive effort forcing a punt deep in Hebron territory. However, the snap sailed over the punter’s outstretched hand back to the ten. He scooped up the bounding ball but was swarmed by Tiger defenders at the eighteen.
Commerce then scored in four plays, as QB Brooks capped the short drive with a 1-yard keeper for the score to give Commerce a quick 14-7 lead in the second quarter and one that the team took into intermission.
Commerce scored twice in the third period. The first came on a 12-yard run by halfback Grant Mayberry, as he burst over left tackle on a determined run for the touchdown.
The second tally was set up by an interception by safetyman J’varius Wood’s interception deep in Tiger turf and a subsequent run of 58 yards around left end by Mayberry to the Lion three.
Brooks scored two plays later on a two-yard run to up the Tiger lead to 29-7.
Hebron Christian scored its second and final touchdown on a 52-yard pass play in the final period to close the Tiger lead to a two touchdown gap.
However, Commerce then closed out the scoring for the night with 24-yard TD run by fullback Will Thomas on a dash over the left side of the offensive line for the final touchdown of the evening to climax an 89 yard drive and secure the second win of the season for the Tigers at 36-14.
On Steve Savage night at Ray Lamb Stadium in Commerce, Ga., the Commerce Tigers of Coach Mike Brown defeated the visiting Banks County team by a score of 28-21.
Commerce scored the first two touchdowns of the game.
The initial score of the season for the Tigers came when linebacker Jesse Underhile intercepted a Leopard pass over the middle and returned it untouched up the center of the field for a 55-yard touchdown gallop to pay dirt. Andres Salgado kicked his first of four consecutive PAT’s on the night for a 7-0 Commerce lead.
In the second quarter, halfback Cole Chancey climaxed a 5-play, 49-yard march with a 9-yard TD run, as he broke at least three tackles on a play up the middle of the BC defense, when he just wouldn’t go down before lunging into the end zone on an amazing effort for the second Tiger score of the night to increase the Tiger lead to 14-0.
Banks County came back to score two second quarter touchdowns behind the running of Travae Cain’s scores on eight and three yard runs to tie the game at the half at 14-14.
The Tigers came out determined in the second half and stopped the initial Leopard drive of the third quarter when the Tiger defense slammed the door shut on the BC drive by stopping a fourth down attempt at the Commerce 33 just inches short of a first down.
Commerce then launched a go-ahead drive of 67 yards in six plays to score. Halfback Grant Mayberry skirted right end and into the end zone from 19 yards out to put the Tigers back up by seven at 21-14 in the third period.
On Banks County’s next possession Cain closed out a scoring drive with a 20-yard run to once more tie the game this time at 21-21.
Chancey broke the deadlock when he burst up the middle of the Leopard defense for a 14-yard TD scamper on the Tiger’s next possession to cap a 66-yard march to give the Tigers another seven point lead at 28-21.
However, Commerce, in the fourth quarter, lost two fumbles deep in Tiger territory at the Commerce 14 and 16 yard lines, but the determined defense of the black and gold played lights out in denying a Banks County score on either of these two Leopard possessions.
The resulting first BC scoring attempt was a field goal try that went awry when a bad snap foiled the field goal try and the eventual pass attempt by the holder.
After the second Tiger fumble and very late in the game, a fourth and five pass attempt by the BC quarterback was batted in the air and subsequently intercepted in the end zone by Tiger defensive back J’varius Wood on a great effort.
The game ended two plays later, with Commerce corralling another victory over the Leopards at 28-21.
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Congrats to the Tiger Wrestling Team on winning the 2014 State Wrestling Title in Single A. To win the whole thing at home made it even sweeter. The Tigers had 5 individual champs as well – Chance McClure (220 pounds) , Dalton Flint (106 pounds), Austin Brock (120), Trent Reddish (160) and Greyson Cochran (170) won. Mitchell Patton (113), Jake Tate (145) and Morgan Flint (195) also reached the finals and took second.
Watch as Chance McClure becomes one of very few to win a state wrestling title four times in a row. He dominated in this final match of his high school career. McClure will go down as one of the greatest athletes to ever come from Commerce High School. We wish him the best as he goes to the next level at The University of Virginia.
Good piece in the Athens paper about Commerce hosting the Single A Wrestling Championship tournament.
Commerce Football Schedule 2014
A29Fri, Banks County *
S5Fri, Hebron Christian # *
S19Fri, Athens Academy # *
S26Fri, Athens Christian #
O3Fri, Prince Avenue #
O17Fri, Providence Chr. #
O24Fri, Towns County # *
O31Fri, George Walton Ac. #
N7Fri, Lakeview Academy # *
N14Fri, Playoff game &
*——Home games, 8:00 All Away games, 7:30
&—- Playoff game
The known Commerce football record as the 2014 season
begins this fall is (565-288-22), .657 pct. covering a span
of 88 known years (1909-12), (1914-25), (1940-2013).