The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

September 23, 2012

Commerce Tigers drop heartbreaker


Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — Pleasant Grove 27,

Commerce 24

  COMMERCE — A nail-biter Friday night saw the 2-1 Commerce Tigers eventually fall 27-24 on Friday to the 0-3 Pleasant Grove Hawks.

  In the waning moments of the game Commerce saw a would-be 66-yard game winning touchdown called back when junior quarterback Sam Wells stepped over the line of scrimmage before delivering the ball. Commerce had one final chance to win with 8.6 seconds left in the game, but the designed laterals play eventually died.

  Commerce received to start the game but gave up the ball on downs near midfield after an unsuccessful fake punt run by senior Buck Wilson on fourth and one. But the Tiger defense stepped up on Pleasant Grove’s first play from scrimmage when Hawks quarterback Casey Rayburn had his pass tipped by senior defensive lineman Blake Madewell and intercepted by junior linebacker Demetric Jennings. The Tiger offense stalled on the ensuring drive, with teams trading punts.

  The first score of the game came with 4:37 left in the first quarter as Wilson hauled in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Wells, capping an 11-play, three-minute drive. The extra point made it 7-0 Commerce.

  Pleasant Grove answered immediately. Hawks quarterback Casey Rayburn ate up a chunk of yards with a 32-yard run and finished off the three-play drive with a 12-yard touchdown run.

Lone Oak 42,

Paris Chisum 14

  LONE OAK — The Lone Oak Buffaloes made Haley Hinson, the newly-crowned homecoming queen, Kyle Rabe, the homecoming king and all the returning alumni proud on Friday night, corralling the Paris Chisum Mustangs, 42-14.

  Jace Hart and Ty Tolleson led the Buffalo defense with 11 tackles each. Tolleson accounted for 169 yards rushing on nine carries. Kyle Crow was 6-of-13 passing for 134 yards. Hart led the Buffalo receivers with three receptions for 56 yards.

  Lone Oak (3-1) is idle next week and will begin district play against the Kemp Yellowjackets on Oct. 5.

Chisum remained winless at 0-4.

Quinlan Ford 38,

Ferris 13

  QUINLAN — The Quinlan Ford Panthers rolled to a 38-13 win over the Ferris Yellow Jackets Friday at Lytal Field to raise their record to 3-1 in the 2012 football season.

  The Panthers jumped to a 2-0 lead with 7:44 left in the first quarter when the ball was snapped over the Ferris punter Miguel Mendiola’s head and rolled out of the end zone.

  After a Ferris three and out, Ford increased its advantage with 6:20 left in the opening quarter when Kaden Wallace broke loose for a 46-yard touchdown run. Then Taylor Sikorksy ran it in for the two-point conversion. That was all the scoring in the first quarter as Quinlan led 10-0.

  James Silkey, who led the Panthers with 112 yards on 19 carries, scored on a 2-yard touchdown run to up Quinlan’s advantage with 8:31 left before halftime.

  Wallace fired a 38-yard touchdown pass to Sikorksy with 6:38 left in the second quarter, making it 22-0 Panthers.

Community 33,

Caddo Mills 27

  NEVADA — The Community Braves claimed this year’s version of the Highway 6 battle with a 33-27 victory on Friday over the Caddo Mills Foxes.

  The Braves, now 2-2, used their air attack to pull out the win as they went 19-of-41 for 287 yards and two TDs on the arm of sophomore quarterback Jordan Graham. Community had to overcome nine penalties for 65 yards.

  Caddo Mills, which dropped to 0-4, rode the strong legs of junior tailback Daxx Hill, who had 195 yards on 32 carries and two TDs.  The Foxes were hampered by 42 penalty yards, two interceptions, several sacks and lost one of 3 fumbles.

  Community opened the scoring on its second possession of the night with a 56-yard drive covered in eight plays. The TD came on a 9-yard Graham pass to Chae Dexter at the 7:14 mark of the first quarter. Connor Wiser added the PAT.

  Damian Newby set Caddo Mills up in good position with a 34-yard kickoff return to midfield. Four carries by Hill found the Foxes in the end zone.

Boles 35,

Dallas Gateway 6

  QUINLAN — Boles continued its success on the ground with a 35-6 non-district football victory over Dallas Gateway on Friday night.

  The Hornets, who were averaging 424.5 yards rushing per game, ran for 446 yards on 56 carries and finished with 463 total yards to run their season record to 3-0.

  Ross Bostick led the Hornet rushers with 122 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries. Bostick also caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Hunter Jordan.

  Jordan ran for 112 yards and three scores on 14 carries.

  Cameron Walker also rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.

  Devan Harris also picked up 60 yards on 11 carries for the Hornets.

  Bostick and Bailey Isom intercepted passes to lead the Hornet defense that allowed 132 yards passing and a minus 27 yards rushing.

Heath Fulton 78,

Greenville Christian 50

  HEATH — Heath Fulton Academy pulled away from the Greenville Christian School Eagles to claim a 78-50 six-man football victory on Friday night.

  “GCS played better than last week,” said GCS coach Dave Wombaker. “We improved our tackling and blocking. We improved our kicking but still have work to do in these areas. The players never gave up, fought to the end.”

   Quarterback Will Martens rushed for 116 yards on seven carries for the Eagles, scoring on bursts of 18, 36, 23 and 7 yards.

   Martens was 9-of-13 passing for 94 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown. Martens also blocked a conversion kick.

  Joe Henderson returned a kickoff 43 yards for a GCS touchdown.

  Andy Henderson caught four passes for 102 yards and one touchdown.

  Fulton improved to 3-1 for the season while the Eagles dropped to 0-4.

  GCS returns to the field at 2 p.m. on Saturday for its homecoming game against the Campbell Indians.