Brown Sidelined With Knee Injury

After a week to regroup, the Tigers of Commerce High School are preparing to travel 80 miles south to Lincolnton, where they’ll face perennial powerhouse Lincoln County Friday night.

The Red Devils are 3-1 overall, having recorded their first loss of the season last week to Abbeville, S.C., 28-17.

In their first three games of the season, the Red Devils held their opponents scoreless. While Commerce will be heading down Highway 78 with strong expectations, what they won’t have is senior Colton Brown.

Brown suffered a knee injury in the Sept. 12 game against Franklin County, and coach Steve Savage says he will miss this Friday’s game.

While Savage didn’t comment on the nature of Brown’s injury, he did say his status would be re-evaluated on a week-to-week basis.

Brown’s loss is a hard one for the Tigers. So far this season, Brown had rushed for 63 yards on 21 attempts, including 31 yards on eight attempts against Franklin County.

Red Menace

Friday night will mark the first time since 2006 that the Tigers and the Red Devils have faced off. In that last meeting, Lincoln County won 21-3.

In fact, Lincoln County holds the distinction of being one of the few teams to have historically bested Commerce on the gridiron.

In 14 previous meetings, the Red Devils have won 10. The last time the Tigers prevailed was in 2001, when the Tigers squeaked out a 13-12 victory.

Commerce also defeated Lincoln County twice in 2000, winning 16-15 on Sept. 29, and winning 17-14 on Dec. 9 in the Class A semifinals at the Georgia Dome en route to a state title.

Coming into Friday night’s game, the Red Devils have scored 103 points, while Commerce has scored 47. Lincoln County has allowed only 28 points scored, while Commerce has allowed 85.

Kickoff Friday night is at 7:30 p.m.

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