The Commerce Journal

October 18, 2012

Tigers triumph on the road

Kevin Jefferies
The Commerce Journal

SUNNYVALE — The Commerce Tigers went on the road on Friday in their second District 6-2A match and came up with the 28-10 win over the Sunnyvale Raiders.

The Tigers started the scoring on the first drive of the game with a five-play, 69-yard drive capped with a 25-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Sam Wells to sophomore receiver D’Lance Sharp. The extra point was good, and the Tigers took a 7-0 lead with 10:23 left in the first quarter.

On the ensuing possession, Sunnyvale had one offensive play before junior quarterback Ryan Cottingame threw an interception to an awaiting Demetric Jennings who returned it 49 yards to put Commerce in scoring position. Three plays and a two-yard touchdown run from sophomore Robert Jackson had the Tigers another score and a 14-0 lead after the extra point, with 8:37 left in the first quarter.

The Tiger defense topped an excellent first half performance by holding Sunnyvale scoreless, blocking a punt, notching a second interception and recovering a fumble.

In the second quarter, the Tigers mounted a six-play, 88-yard drive that ended with a great under-pressure pass from Wells to senior running back Kalyn Smith for a touchdown. The extra point missed and the score at the half was 20-0 Commerce.

The Tiger defense continued to dominate in the second half, holding the Raiders to 10 points and nabbing two more interceptions and a fumble recovery for a total of six forced turnovers on the night. One of those interceptions set up a short field for Commerce and eventually a two-yard touchdown run from junior Bran Kelley.

Next week, the 4-2 Tigers who are 2-0 in district, will host Pottsboro for homecoming. Both teams are undefeated in District 6-2A.