WYANDOTTE — It’s déjà vu all over again for the Commerce Tigers — as well as the Wyandotte Bears.
When the two meet here Friday, Oct. 13, Commerce is unbeaten and the Bears have one loss in District 2A-8 play.
That’s the same scenario heading into last year’s meeting, where Wyandotte rolled to a 32-13 victory.
Wyandotte (4-2) suffered its first district loss last week, falling 50-18 to Adair. The Warriors also rolled in last year’s meeting.
Conversely, Commerce (4-2) is coming off a 46-26 win against Caney Valley, its second straight over the Trojans.
Wyandotte went on to finish second and the Tigers fourth in 2A-8.
“The Wyandotte coaches do a great job with the talent they have,” Moss said. “We have to contain the quarterback and try to slow down their tailback, Roberto Bravo.
“Offensively we have to find a way to finish drives. We were able to move the ball against them some last year, but were not able to finish. We have to cut down on mistakes or we will get beat.”
The Bears followed up the win against Commerce with romps against Caney Valley (65-8) and Chelsea (47-0) then upended Salina 33-12 in the first round of the playoffs.
Antlers ended WHS’ season with a 21-19 second-round win.
Commerce came back to beat Oklahoma Union 46-21 in Week 6, but stumbled the rest of the way, losing to Nowata, 46-26; Adair, 60-14, and then Tulsa Victory Christian, 42-0, in a first-round playoff game.
“They know exactly what we know: we’ve got to beat each other,” Wyandotte head coach Brad Homer said. “Our backs are in the corner, but the best thing about it is, if we come fighting at it hard, we can still achieve the goals we had set out to do at the first of the season. They are still attainable; they are in front of us.
“We just need to put the time and work into it and get this right.”
This is a rare week where all of the other area schools are on the road: Quapaw at Class A No. 11 Hulbert, Class A No. 1 Afton at Class A No. 3 Rejoice Christian, Welch at Class C No. 1 Pond Creek-Hunter and Class C No. 3 Bluejacket at Deer Creek-Lamont.
Jim Ellis is sports editor of the Miami News-Record. He can be reached by phone at 918-542-5508 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @mnrsportsguy.