WYANDOTTE — Three-touchdown bursts in the first and third quarters helped Commerce romp to a 53-28 District 2A-7 victory over Wyandotte here Friday, Oct. 13.
The win kept the Tigers undefeated in the district and avenged a 32-13 loss to WHS last season.
“The boys went out and played well,” Commerce head coach Steve Moss said. “We’ve been waiting for them to put it together and they went out and played close to what they are capable of.”
The 53 points marked the third time this season that the Tigers had scored 50 or more points against an opponent.
They had 50 against Sallisaw Central then erupted for 61 in a 61-6 win over Chelsea.
Commerce cranked out 450 yards in total offense against the Bears, with 351 of that coming on the ground.
Wyandotte was its own worst enemy in the game, coughing the ball up six times, three on fumbles and three on interceptions.
“I was proud of our kids. They played hard, but you can’t turn the ball over that many times and give yourself much of a chance,” Wyandotte head coach Brad Homer said. “It’s tough to dig out of a hole like that.”
The Bears opened the game with an onside kick then scored on a 2-yard run by Jordon Burney.
However, Commerce responded by scoring three times, including a 20-yard run by Chris Ibarra on the ensuing series.
Lupe Prado reeled in an option pass from Ibarra for a 58-yard TD then Ibarra scored again on a 5-yard run.
“I liked how our kids responded,” Moss said. “They came right back, took the next kickoff and scored, then got a couple more in the first quarter. It was good.”
The teams traded touchdowns in the second, leaving Commerce with a 26-14 advantage.
As was the case to start the game, Wyandotte got a 13-yard touchdown pass from Burney to Justin Campbell starting the third quarter.
CHS responded with runs of 7 and 12 yards by Hayden Moss, then got a 35-yard interception return from Trevor Browning that broke the game open.
Each team got a touchdown in the fourth quarter to create the final margin.
Hayden Moss completed 3 of 12 passes for 41 yards while Ibarra added the 58-yard scoring strike.
Ibarra also had 188 yards and the three touchdowns on 19 carries.
Ryan Dunbar chipped in with 102 yards and a score on 16 attempts.
Prado, Salvador Martinez, Browning and Ibarra each had one reception.
Dunbar was the Tigers’ defensive leader with five solo and 10 assisted tackles.
Austin Hart, Brandon Brown and Zaine Cheater each logged 10 stops.
The Tigers (5-2, 3-0) host Oklahoma Union Thursday.
“Our goal is to be in the mix for a district championship,” Steve Moss said. “We are still there. We are undefeated in the district and we want to stay that way.
“This is the next step and it is a very important game. It’s fall break, so it’s a short week. We’ve got to get to work.”
Wyandotte (5-3, 3-2) travels to Ramona Thursday, Oct. 19, to face Caney Valley.
The Trojans (4-3, 2-2) were hammered 68-18 by Adair Friday night.