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.