LEONARD — The Commerce Tigers used a strong second half to grab their first win of the football season, 35-22 over Leonard Tigers on Friday night.
Commerce relied on a strong ground game, averaging 13.9 yards per carry.
Sophomore quarterback D.J Brown led Leonard, running the ball 27 times for 209 yards and a score. Brown also completing 12 of 27 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown.
Riley Ferron ran for just 13 yards on 12 rushes, but had a touchdown on the ground. Cody Houser was the leading pass catcher on the team, grabbing six passes for 43 yards, while freshman Cameron Armstrong scored his first-career touchdown with a scoring grab in the third quarter.
With top back Xzay Basham out with a minor injury, Dayton Dunbar picked up the slack and had a field day for Commerce, running for 155 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries. After Dunbar went down in the fourth quarter, freshman Kendrick Greer shined in his first game as a Tiger, running for 113 yards and a score on nine rushes
J’Den Wilson drastically improved his performance through the air after week one, completing eight of 15 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns, while also running for 10 yards on his only carry of the game. Brad Caldwell and Conner Smith were the only pass-catchers for Commerce, with Caldwell catching five for 80 yards and Smith grabbing three for 79 yards. Both caught a touchdown pass.
The win improves Commerce to 1-1 on the season while Leonard falls to 1-1. Commerce will remain on the road next week as the Tigers face Community in Nevada while Leonard travels to Bonham.