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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.

Commerce versus Calhoun County

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

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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

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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.

Commerce versus Providence

Tigers Move Past Providence

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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 Tigers Ground Athens Christian Eagles

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In an important mid-season tilt between the two teams at the top of Region 8-A, Commerce traveled to Athens Christian and in a defensive slugfest the Tigers defeated the Eagles 10-7 to take control of the top spot in the region standings.

Commerce opened the game by fumbling on their second snap at the Tiger 34 with the Eagles claiming the pigskin there.

However, penalties against the host team along with a stout Commerce defense forced a 40 yard field goal try by the Eagle kicker which missed the mark leaving the game still scoreless.

Later in the second quarter, Tiger signal caller Caleb Brooks directed a quick Commerce drive to the AC 39 primarily behind the running of senior halfback Grant Mayberry.

Here, freshman fullback Knox Allen burst up the middle of the Eagle defense through a gaping hole and thundered to pay dirt from 39 yards out for the game’s initial score.  Andres Salgado was true on the PAT kick for a 7-0 Tiger lead.

Midway through the second stanza, the Athens Christian coaching staff had punter Hardigree make an attempted run for the first down on a fake punt try but the effort fell short at the AC 42.

This error in strategy set up the Tigers in good field position at the AC 42 yard line.

In ten plays, the Tigers had marched for 32 yards to put themselves in field goal position at the Eagle ten yard line.

The highlight of the short drive was another fake punt run but this time by Tiger kicker J’varius Wood whose ten yard effort on fourth and four from the AC 36 extended the Tiger drive which eventually moved the Tigers down to the AC 10.

Salgado’s booming 27-yard field goal kick on the last play of the first half sent the Commerce team to their dressing quarters with a 10-0 lead at intermission.

Playing great defense for most of the game, Commerce thwarted the majority of the offensive efforts by the Eagles until midway of the fourth period when an AC back broke loose on an end sweep and skirted into the end zone from 35 yards out.   With the successful PAT, the Tiger lead had now been cut to 10-7.

Later, following a Tiger punt to the Eagle 37, the Commerce defense stuffed three running efforts by AC for a gain of only two yards to force the third AC punt of the game out to the C16 with just over four minutes left in the game.

Here, the ball control offense of Coach Michael Brown kept the ball for the final 4:20, as the Commerce offensive line and hard running backs methodically moved the pigskin to the AC 23 where the game came to a close with Commerce winning the defensive struggle 10-7 and now putting the Tigers atop the region standings.

Commerce ended the game with 216 yards of total offense compared to 178 by Athens Christian.

Commerce versus Athens Academy Spartans

Tigers Outlast Spartans

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The Commerce Tiger fans, players and coaches were celebrating the 50th season at Tiger Field at Ray Lamb Stadium last Friday night in Tigertown.   The stadium was first inaugurated in a game victory of 28-0 versus South Habersham High School here in 1965.

At this golden anniversary game, the Tigers entertained the Athens Academy Spartans and came away with a victory in a close encounter between the two schools by a 27-20 score.

Kick returner J’varius Wood electrified the Commerce crowd, as he returned the opening kickoff for 68 yards to the Spartan 22 to start the contest.

Halfback Cole Chancey, behind good line blocking, capped the short Commerce drive with a 2-yard TD run to put the Tigers up 7-0.

On the Tigers next possession, quarterback Caleb Brooks capped a short 40 yard march with another 2-yard scoring effort to mount the Commerce advantage to 14-0 at the end of the first period.

Later, a Spartan punt was downed at the Commerce two yard line.

Here, Brooks directed an 11-play, 98-yard scoring drive climaxed by a Brooks’ touchdown pass of 10 yards to J’varius Wood for a 21-0 Commerce lead in the second stanza.

Midway through the second period, the Athens Academy quarterback cut the Tiger lead to 21-6 with a short TD run which ended up as the halftime score after Brevin Knox blocked the point after touchdown.

The Spartans added a touchdown in both the third and fourth quarters to close the Tiger margin to one point at 21-20 after the Spartan kicker missed the extra point.

Later a botched punt snap gave the Spartans great field position  at the Tiger 16.

However, Tiger defensive back K. J. Jones intercepted a Spartan pass and returned it 90 yards for a touchdown to mount the Tiger lead to 27-20 following a missed conversion attempt.

The game ended when the Tiger defense made a goal line stand at their one yard line as time expired in this thrilling contest, which enabled the Tigers to come out the victor at 27-20.

Jefferson Dragons 2014

Dragons Burn Tigers By 25 Points

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Commerce scored on their second drive of the night with a 62 yard march which was culminated by a 27-yard field goal by Andres Salgado for an early 3-0 Commerce lead.

However, Jefferson scored on its next three possessions in the second quarter to take a halftime lead of 21-3.

With one Dragon score in the third period, the Dragons came away with a 28-3 victory at Memorial Stadium in the county seat in the 69th edition of the Commerce vs. Jefferson Rivalry.