Commerce Defense

Two Commerce defenders make a tackle on the Providence Christian ball carrier during the Tigers' 46-9 win (Sept. 20). 

The Commerce Tigers showed at Providence Christian Academy that the loss to Hart County on Sept. 6 wasn't going to linger.

The Tigers (3-1) got back to their winning ways with a 46-9 road win (Sept. 20). The Tigers scored 30 first-quarter points.

"I thought we came out ready to play," head coach Michael Brown said. "Had a real business-like approach to the way we prepared last week, and just continue to challenge the kids to make improvements each week, and hopefully it shows up on film. 

"I think it did on Friday night. Still got plenty to work on both sides of the ball. But I thought overall it was a good night for us. The kids executed well, played hard, played physical as well." 

The scoring opened with a safety by Chauncey Jackson, which put Commerce ahead 2-0 early in the game. Sam Roach then got in on the scoring, running a touchdown in from 10 yards out to push the lead to 9-0 with 8:56 left in the opening quarter.

The defense, though, wanted to add more points, and did, thanks to Elijah Burns as he took an interception to the house for six. After the PAT, the lead was 16-0.

Then, it was Nate Ray’s turn to light up the scoreboard. Ray connected with Tyelon Brock for a 34-yard touchdown with 5:37 left in the first quarter to push the lead to 23-0.

After a Trey Huff interception gave the Tigers an extra possession, Michael Sherman broke loose for a 56-yard touchdown to end the Tigers’ first-quarter scoring. Providence Christian kicked a field goal with 1:45 left in the first quarter. The Tigers led 30-3.

The second quarter didn’t have a lot of action until the 4:53 mark. That’s when the Tigers’ defense garnered its second safety of the game. Commerce led 32-3.

Roach found the end zone two minutes later for his second score of the game. The touchdown came on an 8-yard run. The lead was 39-3, which remained the same at the break. Gaven Dawley had an interception late in the second quarter.

The Tigers’ final score came via the legs of Burns. The junior scored on a 46-yard run with 9:00 left in the third quarter.


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