By Kevin Jefferies
The Commerce Journal
In a match-up that could wind up determining the District 6-2A champion, the Commerce Tigers fell on homecoming to the Pottsboro Cardinals, 21-18.
Senior receiver Buck Wilson was named Homecoming king with Kaci Harrison named Homecoming queen. A large Commerce crowd then prepared to see what promised to be a great game against the undefeated Pottsboro Cardinals. And for the first half, the Tiger faithful were well-rewarded.
Commerce received the ball to start, but traded punts with the Cardinals. On the Tigers’ second possession, a great punt return by Wilson set up a nine-yard, fourth-down scoring pass from junior quarterback Sam Wells to sophomore receiver D’Lance Sharp. The point after missed and Commerce took a 6-0 lead with 3:39 left in the first quarter.
The rest of the first half was a defensive battle, but Commerce scored with just 26 seconds left on a seven-yard pass to Wilson after Wilson had ripped off 43 yards on a fake punt run earlier in the drive. The two-point attempt failed, and it was 12-0 Commerce at halftime.
In the second half, Pottsboro brought out starting quarterback Tanner Frye, who was rested in the first half. With that change, the momentum of the game changed.
Pottsboro mounted an eight-play, 60-yard drive capped with a four-yard touchdown run by sophomore Thadious Flinn, and made the point after to close the gap and bring the score to 7-12 Commerce.
The Tigers answered immediately, however, with a 10-yard pass that Wilson turned into 65 yards and a score. The Tigers missed the two-point conversion, and the score was 18-7 Commerce with 7:17 left in the third quarter.
That was the last time the Tigers would score.
Pottsboro hit paydirt twice more, with a 14-yard pass to 6-5 senior receiver Justin Lawler and a 10-yard touchdown run by Flinn. Lawler also notched several key sacks for major losses as the Tigers tried to keep up with the Cardinals.
Pottsboro remained undefeated for the season at 8-0 and in 6-2A play at 4-0.
Next week, the Tigers, now 4-3 and 2-1, travel to Howe on Friday night.