Freshman running back Sammy Brown broke onto the scene with three touchdowns — two rushing and one receiving — in his high school debut as the Commerce football team handled Banks County 41-18 on the road Sept. 4.
Brown finished with 116 yards with two touchdowns on just seven attempts. That tally included a third-quarter 49-yard touchdown run. He also caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Huff. Dreylan Martin ran for 113 yards on 10 carries with two scores, including a 72-yard jaunt for a touchdown.
“The thing about our offensive system that we run is that you never know who is going to be called upon on Friday night,” coach Brown said of the two running backs’ big nights.
Trey Huff rushed for 54 yards on nine carries, running for a touchdown and throwing for one in his first start at quarterback.
“I thought Trey had a good game,” Brown said. “Trey made all his reads. I think he was 100 percent on his reads. I think he was 100 percent in getting us in the right play … I thought for his first start he did an excellent job.”
Slot back Michael Sherman carried just three times for 20 yards, but drew praise from Brown for his proficiency.
“I think he graded out at around 96 percent, which is really good,” Brown said. “I was really proud of the way he played.”
Twelve different Commerce carried the ball in the victory.
With the win, the Tigers, beat Banks County for the 16th straight time and moved to 31-2 all time in the series. The Tigers have not lost to the Leopards since 1992.
Martin opened the scoring with his 72-yard touchdown at the 9:37 mark in the first quarter.
“Dreylan had a big run to really get us going … there were a lot of people involved in that,” coach Brown said. “That was an option call and Trey made the right read and we had really good blocking up front.”
Just over two minutes later, Sammy Brown caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Huff to increase the lead to 14-0.
Martin struck again in the first quarter, rumbling in from 19 yards out at the 2:24 mark, moving the score to 20-0.
The Leopards answered with a pair of touchdowns, one with time running out in the first quarter and the other with 4:14 left in the second quarter to close the gap to 20-12.
But Sammy Brown scored from two yards out with 21 seconds remaining in the first half, to increase the lead to 27-12 at the break. He then broke lose on his 49-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter. Coach Brown said the blocking on the play was excellent.
“He really had a clear path all the way down the sideline,” the coach said, noting blocks from Shawn Cunningham, Sherman and Bo Childers.
Huff followed with a three-yard score on a quarterback keeper to increase the lead to 41-12.
Banks County added a late touchdown in the fourth quarter.
COMMERCE 41, BANKS CO. 18
CHS 20 7 14 0 — 41
BCHS 6 6 0 6 — 18
Rushing — Brown 7-116-2 TDs; Martin 10-113-2 TDs; Huff 9-54-1 TD
Passing — Huff 2-5, 34 yds, 1 TD
Receiving — Brown 1-25, TD; Cunningham 1-9