On a damp and cool night last Friday in Tigertown, the Commerce football team, under the guidance of head coach Mike Brown, defeated the visiting Athens Christian Eagles by a score of 27-14.
Commerce opened the scoring in the first period with an 8-play, 53-yard drive all on the ground. The march was climaxed by HB J’varius Wood’s 11-yard scamper around left end to pay dirt. Andres Salgado’s first of four successful PAT’s had the Tigers ahead in the game 7-0.
Later in the 2Q, AC cut the Tiger lead to 7-6 with a short TD run, as the Eagle kicker’s PAT try was wide left.
The Tigers scored their second tally of the first half, when fullback Will Thomas plunged into the end zone from one yard out. The two-point conversion try failed leaving the Tigers with a seven point lead of 13-6 at intermission. This Commerce drive covered 78 yards in ten snaps.
Commerce scored on its first two possessions of the second half.
The first came on a 24-yard scamper once more around left end by Wood to complete a 74-yard march, and the final Tiger tally came as a result of a 64-yard march, when quarterback Caleb Brooks tossed a pass to split end Trevonta Williford for a 33-yard touchdown to give Commerce a 27-6 advantage.
The Eagles scored late in the game on a short run to narrow the Tiger victory margin to 27-14.
Thomas led the Tigers in rushing with 178 yards in 20 carries, while Wood added 90 yards on nine attempts.
One of the stars of the game had to be the Tiger offensive line that blocked well. They were: center-Jared Pate, guards-Garrett Ash and Ricki Orosco, tackles-Cody Weaver and Carson Hall along with ends-Matthew Flint, Mac McKenzie and Williford.
The Tigers were led defensively by Cole Chance and Chase Forrester with nine and eight tackles respectively.
Weaver, Forrester, Pate and Ash were each involved in two Tiger sacks of the Eagle quarterback, as the Commerce defense played well over the course of the wet evening.
The Tigers entertain another 8-A Region foe this week, as Prince Avenue comes to Tigertown this coming Friday night for an 8 PM kickoff. The Wolverines presently sit atop the region standings at this midway point of the season.