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.