COMMERCE – It was a tale of two halves for Commerce Friday night in its scrimmage with Verdigris.

The Tigers held their own against their Class 3A opponents during the scrimmage portion, but the Cardinals held a 3-0 edge in scoring plays during a game-like simulation.

“We had success when we went 12 and 12,” Commerce head coach Steve Moss said.

The first portion of the scrimmage featured each team's No. 1 offense getting in two 12-play sets against the opponent's No. 1 defense. The second units also got playing time.

“I think we learned a lot about our conditioning,” Moss said. “It's hard to get into game shape until you start playing games. When we went 12 and 12, we were able to move the ball on them both times (scoring twice). Then when we went to a half, I think our kids got tired. It's just something we need to work on. That tells me we matched up with them fine early on, but when we went to playing a half we were dragging quite a bit.”

This was the second and final dress rehearsal for the Tigers, who open the 2012 season at home on Friday with Mount Vernon, Mo.

The Mountaineers opened their season Friday night with a 26-10 victory over arch rival Monett, Mo.

“This was a real good scrimmage for us; it was real good competition,” Moss said. “They pushed us hard. Hopefully we got a lot of good out of it. They have some big kids. They will be a solid team. They had two running backs that ran hard. They weren't going to go down with arm tackles. You had to swarm tackle, or they would just go right through you.”