CHELSEA — While the Commerce offense showed some signs of improvement during Friday night’s scrimmage at Chelsea, the Tigers first-team defense completely dominated the Dragons during the two-hour session.

“Typical for this time of the year, our defense really shut down Chelsea’s offense,” second year head coach Steve Moss said. “They ran 24 plays at us and they were lucky if they gained 24 total yards. That’s how dominating we were.”

Moss, who guided the Tigers to an 8-4 record in his initial season, feels like the Commerce offensive unit showed some flashes of success.

“We’ve still got a lot to learn offensively,” Moss said. “Because we are so young, they are little things like technique along our offensive line that will only get better in time and with repetition.

“Our running backs ran hard and did a good job of picking up some tough yardage,” Moss said. “And, I think quarterback is ahead of where I thought he would be at this time considering he wasn’t a starter last year.

“I think once our offense comes together as a unit, we’re going to be a pretty good football team,” Moss said. “It’s just going to take a little more time on the practice field.”

Commerce will entertain Verdigris on Thursday at Tiger Field.