COMMERCE — The defensive strategy of the Commerce Tigers as they hope to slow down Afton quarterback Wil Amos is simple.
Be productive on offense.
Amos had 231 yards and three touchdowns and passed for two more as the Eagles rolled to a 58-26 victory over Colcord on Friday, Sept. 1.
That’s on top of the 2,223 rushing yards he had during Afton’s march to the Class A semifinals a year ago.
“Afton is very good at all positions,” Commerce head coach Steve Moss said. “We have to play a flawless game to be able to compete with them. Amos definitely keeps them running. He is an exceptional athlete that you do not see very often.
“We slow him by being on offense as much as possible. We need to have long sustained drives that wind up in points if we want to be successful.”
In other Week Two action, it’s Kansas at Wyandotte, Ketchum at Fairland, South Coffeyville at Bluejacket, Quapaw at Chouteau and Welch at Oaks.
Afton head coach Zach Gardner is wary of what the Tigers will be trying to do.
“I have great respect for Coach Kelley (Commerce defensive coordinator Jack Kelley) and what he does on the defensive side of the ball,” Gardner said.
Commerce split its first two games, falling to Sarcoxie, Missouri, before dumping Sallisaw Central on Friday, Sept. 1.
“They are very dangerous at the skill positions,” Gardner said. “We need to take care of the line of scrimmage and the things we can control.”
Amos had both touchdowns in Afton’s 13-7 victory last season, including an 85-yard kickoff return that wound up providing the winning margin.
The teams have split the last four meetings after CHS posted wins in the eight previous meetings.