COMMERCE - Mitchell Crittenden isn't letting his Commerce Tigers dwell on the fact that their opponent is winless and is mired in a two-year-plus-long losing streak.
When CHS battles Copan Thursday night in their final road game of the regular season, they're approaching it the same way they would if they are playing an unbeaten team.
“The kids know they aren't very good, but if we want to be an elite team, we've got to take care of business,” Crittenden said.
Copan enters the game 0-7 and hasn't won a game since making the switch from eight-man football. And the Tigers romped to a 64-8 victory when the teams played last season, rolling up 485 yards in total offense.
About the only good news facing the Hornets: they have only three more games before dropping back down, starting in 2008.
“We know what we've got to do,” Crittenden said.
The Tigers improved to 4-0 in District A-7 last Friday with a 29-6 victory over Oklahoma Union.
Senior fullback James Sullivan rushed for 176 yards and scored three touchdowns while leading Commerce to a fifth straight win.
Sullivan (5-11, 200) took several direct snaps while standing next to quarterback Jimmy Brock. Along with the 176 yards on only 16 carries, Sullivan was also 0 for 1 in the passing department.