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November 11, 2012

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GREENVILLE — Wills Point 47,

Rains 12

  RAINS — Wills Point scored two touchdowns on the Tigers’ first three offensive plays of the game, and went on to beat Rains 47-12 Friday night, clinching a play-off spot in District 14-3A.

  Rains got on the board in the first quarter with a 10-play drive that spanned 71 yards. Chris Wilson had two passes on the drive, one of 14 yards to Jared Barnett, and one for seven yards on a third-and-six play to Dustin Fry. Markell Spigner ran 27 yards to score and cap the drive. The try for two failed, and the score stood 12-6 in the first quarter, but it was all Wills Point after that.

  Rains did not score again until the third, when Fry ran 75 yards for a touchdown, giving him his total 81 yards rushing on the night.

Commerce 20,

Caddo Mills 0

  CADDO MILLS — With a playoff spot on the line, the Commerce Tigers came calling on the Caddo Mills Foxes Friday night in a District 6-2A matchup at Ed Locker Field.

The Tigers pulled out a hard-fought 20-0 victory and will move into the playoffs next week.

  Caddo Mills opened play with a successful onsides kick and took possession at the Tigers 41-yard line.  However, the Commerce defense, which held Caddo Mills to only 44 total yards in the first half, stopped the Foxes at the 37.

  Thirteen plays later, the Tigers had moved 63 yards for their first score of the night, mainly behind the passing of quarterback Sam Wells. Big Cortez Crosby got the last yard by powering over the right side of the line. Cody Blanton added the PAT, and Commerce was up 7-0 at the 3:14 mark of the first quarter.

  The teams traded punts but Commerce gained the advantage in field possession with a 63-yard punt by Buck Wilson that went out of bounds at the Caddo Mills 2-yard line. The Foxes picked up one first down before punting again.

  Commerce took over at midfield and Wells moved the Tigers down the field via the airwaves. On fourth and four at the Caddo Mills 27-yard line, Wells hit Buck Wilson in the right corner of the end zone for a touchdown. The try for PAT failed and Commerce was on top 13-0 with 4:19 to go in the first half.

  Tyler Kirkpatrick took the kickoff at the 35 and returned it 18 yards to set the Foxes up at midfield. Several runs by Daxx Hill and a personal foul on the Tigers got the Foxes down to the Commerce 15-yard line before two motion penalties killed the drive as the half ended.

  Caddo Mills fumbled the second half kickoff and the Tigers were in business at the Foxes’ 35-yard line. Wells hit Robert Jackson for 10 yards. Bran Kelley ran for 14 yards before Wells found Wilson for 14 yards to set the Tigers up first and goal at the three. Fox Jeremy Welch then sacked Wells for a 7-yard loss.  On second down, Wells then hit Jackson on a slant pattern inside the five. Welch made a big hit and stripped the ball from Jackson and returned it out to the 25-yard line.

  However, the officials called the pass incomplete and claimed that they had blown the play dead for the incompletion. But then the officials reset the down marker at second down, giving the Tigers another play. The Caddo Mills defense stiffened and took over on downs at their own 12-yard line.

  Hill then took over for the Foxes on runs of 8, 1, 36 and 12 yards. Dakota Monroe added seven yards and the Foxes were inside the Tigers’ 25 before this drive stalled on downs at the 17.

Caddo Mills forced another Tiger punt and took over at its own 20. Monroe gained four yards, Hill broke for 23 yards and then five yards. A high snap over the head of quarterback Damian Newby was recovered by Commerce at the Caddo Mills 39-yard line.

  It took the Tigers only five plays to find the end zone. Wilson got the last 19 yards when he broke a run straight up the middle, untouched, for the TD. Blanton’s PAT was good, and Commerce had the final score of 20-0 on the books. The two teams traded turnovers in the fourth quarter.

  For the Foxes, junior Hill had 151 yards rushing on 18 carries to give him 1,311 yards for the season.

Commerce had seven different players rush for a total of 121 yards on 35 carries. Wells was 16-of-21 passing for 185 yards and one touchdown, going to six different receivers.

  D’Lance Sharp caught four passes for 44 yards. Al Jackson had three receptions for 24 yards. Wilson had two catches for 54 yards and one touchdown.

  Caddo Mills ended the season at 3-7 and 3-3 in District 6-2A.

  Commerce goes to 6-4 and 4-2 in District and will meet the runner up in District 5 next week in the playoffs.

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