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.