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Commerce Downs Athens Christian with Run Game

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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.

Spartans Outlast Tigers


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The Commerce Tigers traveled to the Athens, Ga. area last Friday on September 18th  2015 for  a game with old rival Athens Academy but were defeated in a close contest by a score of 14-7.

The halftime score between the two teams was deadlocked at zero.

The Spartans scored first in the third period after a long drive, when the AA quarterback scored on a short run for a 7-0 lead.

The Tigers responded and moved 73 yards to score in eight plays.  The march was culminated by Commerce signal caller Caleb Brooks’ successful option keeper, as he darted into the end zone from seven yards out for the Tiger score.  Andres Salgado boomed the successful PAT kick to tie the score at 7-7 in the latter stages of the third stanza.

Late in the final period of the game, the Spartans put up the final and winning TD on a medium range pass play for the final score of the night’s matchup at 14-7.

Tiger running back Cole Chancey was the leading ground gainer for Commerce with 178 yards on 24 carries.

Commerce was led on defense by Chancey and Chase Forrester who had nine and eight tackles respectively.

This coming Friday night on Tiger Field at Ray Lamb Stadium in Commerce, the Tigers play host to region foe Athens Christian.

Jefferson Too Much for Commerce 2015


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Last Friday on September 11, 2015, Tiger Field at Ray Lamb Stadium was the venue for the 70th meeting between the Commerce and Jefferson football teams in a series that dates back to 1947.

The Tigers jumped out to an early lead of 3-0 in the first period following a 34-yard field goal by Andres Salgado following a drive of 61 yards in seven plays.

Later in the second quarter following a lengthy drive, Jefferson scored on a short run from scrimmage.  However, the PAT was blocked by the interior of the Tiger defensive line leaving the score at 6-3.

Just before halftime, Jefferson added a second TD on another short run for a halftime score of 13-3.

The Dragons scored three more times in the second half, and Commerce added a touchdown as well on a 17-yard pass from Caleb Brooks to J’varius Wood for a final score of 34-10.

Commerce visits Athens Academy next Friday night in a 7:30 start for the contest.

The live video stream from WJJC had a glitch. The video was available but was linked to the previous week’s game with Hebron. So be sure to check all the games on the Tiger page linked from WJJC next week just in case.



Commerce Rolls Past Hebron. Highlights


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Last Friday, the Commerce Tigers ventured to Dacula, Ga. for the second game of the 2015 season against Hebron Christian Academy.  Commerce entered the game with a (1-0-0) record while the Lions had a (2-0-0) slate.

After a scoreless first period, the Commerce offense erupted for 21 unanswered points to take a three touchdown lead of 21-0 at intermission.

The first Commerce touchdown came as a result of a long 59-yard scoring pass from quarterback Cal3eb Brooks to J’varius Wood.

Later, following a Lion punt, the Tiger offense traversed the impending sixty yards in eight snaps culminated by a one-yard run by Brooks for a 14-0 Commerce lead with just under five minutes remaining in the half.  This drive was highlighted by a run of 26 yards by fullback Will Thomas.

The Tiger offensive line consisting of center-Jared Pate, guards-Garrett Ash and Ricky Orozco, tackles-Cody Weaver and Carson Hall along with ends-Matthew Flint and Trevonta Williford each played well during the contest for the Tigers.

Subsequently, a lost Lion fumble by a Lion receiver following a completed pass was recovered by Tiger defensive back Trevor Johnson near midfield setting up the next Tiger tally.   The Commerce coaching staff then brought out the Tiger air arm, as Cole Chancey was then inserted into the signal callers position for the Tiger offense.

Later, with forty seconds remaining in the quarter, Chancey hit Wood with a bullet pass down the sideline from twenty yards out for another Commerce TD which gave the Tigers a three touchdown lead of 21-0 at intermission.

In the third period, after Tiger safetyman Trevonta Williford recovered a second Lion fumble near midfield once more, the Tiger offense scored in three plays, as the drive was climaxed by a 28-yard TD run by Wood who had now scored his third tally of the night and his first by way of the ground game.

The final Tiger score on this pleasant evening for football came after a Hebron punt.   Brooks scampered into the end zone  a few seconds later on a 39-yard QB keeper play to end the scoring.

Tiger kicker Andres Salgado successfully kicked all five PAT’s following the scoring plays.

The Tiger defense played well during the contest, with Cody Weaver, Matthew Flint and Tretez Barksdale each having a sack, while Nick Patrick, Cole Chancey and Garrett Ash led Commerce tacklers with 11, 7 and 7 tackles respectively.

Commerce hosts Jefferson next Friday night in the 70th meeting between the two teams in the rivalry that dates back to the year of 1947.

Commerce Trucks Banks County in 2015

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To start the 2015 season, the Commerce Tigers traveled to Homer, Ga. for their season opener against Banks County and came away with a 55-13 lopsided victory in this cat fight with their northern neighbors.

The Tigers opened the scoring with a 10-play, 68-yard drive capped by an 8-yard run up the Leopard defensive middle on their first drive of the game for a 7-0 lead. J’varius Wood scored the first Commerce touchdown on an 8-yard run.

The Leopards answered with a 58-yard scoring strike through the air to tie the score.

Later, Cole Chancey’s 41 yard right end run set up quarterback Caleb Brooks 16-yard scoring run to put the Tigers back on top 14-7 late in the 1Q.

Banks County early in the second period scored on a short run from inside the ten, but the PAT kick hit the left upright and bounced away leaving the Tigers with a tight one point lead at 14-13.

Here, the Tiger offense then proceeded to score four unanswered touchdowns in the second stanza to take an eventual 42-13 halftime lead.

First Brooks passed to halfback J’varius Wood for a 19-yard touchdown.  This score was set up by a 49 yard running effort by fullback Will Thomas.

Then, fullback Will Thomas burst into the end zone from 21 yards out to up the Commerce advantage to 28-13.

Commerce added two more tallies in the period, when Brooks scored on a one-yard QB keeper which was set up by a 57 yard run by JV Wood.

Following the kickoff, a BC back fumbled on the Leopard with linebacker Easley Smith recovering for the Tigers.

Brooks and the Tiger offense then capitalized on the Leopard’s mistake, when he immediately hit Wood once more with a TD aerial this time from 15 yards out in the right corner of the end zone giving Commerce a lead at intermission of 42-13.

Commerce scored twice in the final half on a 5-yard scamper by Cole Chancey which was set up by a 47 yard burst over right tackle by Thomas who took the ball down to the BC nineteen.

Commerce called off the dogs midway through the third period, after halfback Austin Brock exploded down the right sideline to score on a 76-yard gallop for a 55-13 victory.

Andres Salgado was true on seven of eight PAT attempts on the evening.

Will Thomas led the Tigers in rushing for the game with 174 yards in nine attempts.

Parker Hughes led the good Tiger defensive effort with eight tackles.

Next Friday, the Tigers travel to Dacula to take on region foe Hebron Christian Academy at 7:30.

Awesome infographic by Alexis Skylar Hill

Commerce Franklin County Scrimmage

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The Commerce Tigers entertained the Franklin County Lions in a scrimmage on Tiger Field at Ray Lamb Stadium last Friday night and came away with a 26-7 victory after having spotted the Lions seven points early in the contest.


Following the opening kickoff, FC scored on a 39 run for an early lead after only a few plays having transpired in the game.


Commerce got on the scoreboard a few possessions later, when the Lion punt snap from the FC ten sailed over the punters head and out of the end zone giving the Tigers safety which cut the FC advantage to 7-2.


On the Tigers’ next possession, halfback Cole Chancey capped a 65-yard drive with a seven-yard scoring run on the first play of the second period to give Commerce a 9-7 lead.


Additionally, Andres Salgado kicked a 22-yard field goal just before intermission to make the halftime score 12-7.


The Tigers later scored on their first drive of the second half.


The 65-yard march was climaxed, when fullback Knox Allen scored on a plunge into the FC line from three yards out.


The Commerce second teamers finished off the night’s scoring, when quarterback Blaine Blalock bolted into the end zone on a 22-yard scamper.


Salgado successfully added all three PAT’s during the game for a final Tiger score of 26-7.


Trevonta Williford led the team in tackles with six.


The Tigers travel to Banks County in two weeks to open their 2015 high school football season in Homer, Ga. on August 28.


Commerce Wrestling State Champs 2015

Commerce Wrestling state Champs 2015From Coach Kendall Love:

I just wanted to email everyone to say thanks on behalf of the wrestlers and coaches for the support that was shown throughout this Wrestling Season.  The support of this school system and community is simply amazing.  Here are the results from the State Tournament this past weekend.  It was definitely a record breaking performance as we out-scored every team there from A-AAAAAA.  These young men represented the school system with class!!!  Please congratulate them when you see them.

All 14 wrestlers placed in the top 4 in the State.  We had 10 wrestlers that amde the State finals.


106- Kole Burchett

113- Jake Brewer

120- Dalton Flint

126- Austin Brock

132- Mitchell Patton

138- Owen Brown

170- Cole Chancey

285- Derek Benoit


160- Knox Allen

182- Dontavious Mosley


145- Michael Patton

152- Chase Forrester

220- Tyreke Wiggins


195- Cole Sweeney


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.

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.