Time ran out for Commerce last Friday night, just as the Tigers appeared to be on the verge of tying Franklin County in the final seconds.
The Tigers started a comeback late in the third quarter after falling behind 21-0. A second Commerce touchdown two minutes into the fourth quarter put the Tigers into position to tie the game, and Commerce pushed to to the six-yard line as the clock ran out and Franklin County took the win, 21-14.
This week Commerce is off and will spend time trying to eliminate errors.
“We are going to continue to try and improve and rest up a bit before the rest of the season,” coach Steve Savage said.
The Tigers return to the field on Sept. 25, as they host Lincoln County in the final non-region match-up of the season.
Commerce begins region play on Oct. 2.
“We were right there, ready to come back, but came up just a little bit short at the end,” Savage said.
Franklin County scored twice in the first half and and scored another touchdown six minutes into the third quarter to lead 21-0. The Tigers put points on the board with five minutes minutes left in the third period as Deon Brock ran in from 58 yards out and Josh Swistak nailed the PAT.
After an apparent Lion touchdown was called back on a holding call on the Lions, Jon Cash provided the Tigers with another opening with an interception. Brock put the Tigers within a touchdown on a 60-yard sprint, cutting the lead to 21-14.
With 2:10 left in the game, Commerce blocked a Franklin County field goal attempt from about the four-yard line and recovered the ball on Commerce’s 28-yard line. The Tigers ran 11 plays and reached the Lion six-yard line before the clock ran out.
“It was a tremendous effort by our team to block a field goal and run 11 plays in less than two minutes for an opportunity to win the game,” said Savage. “Our team didn’t give up. They came back from the first half where things went against them … and made a tremendous comeback.”
With :16 left on the clock quarterback Cody Streetman went back to pass, opted to run, and went down at the six.
“[This game] tells me what I knew all along,” Savage said. “This team has got some grit about them.”
For stats from the game see this week's The Commerce News.