ADAIR — Commerce was its own worst enemy during a 46-10 loss to Adair here Friday night.
The Tigers turned the ball over three times and failed to cash in on one long drive over the course of the game.
“It was a combination. They are definitely a good football team; we knew that going in,” Commerce head coach Steve Moss said. “When you play against a team like that, you are going to have mistakes. We had three fumbles.”
The win was the 15th in 17 meetings for the Warriors, who were picked eighth in Class 2A in The Oklahoma Associated Press preseason high school football poll.
“We helped them way too much on top of them being really good,” Moss said. “Not to take anything away from them. They are a really good football team.”
The Tigers embarked on a 24-play drive on their second possession, reaching the Adair 12-yard line but turned the ball over on downs.
They wouldn’t break through until the fourth quarter when Caleb Eulitt forced a safety with 4:30 remaining.
Jesse Cardenas got CHS’ lone touchdown on a 6-yard run just over 3 minutes later.
Adair grabbed an 8-0 lead in the first quarter on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Austin Hines to Garrett Long.
The Warriors broke the game open with three touchdowns in the span of just over seven minutes in the second period.
Hines teamed with Holden Yoder on a 17-yard strike, Jacob Lappe exploded on a 55-yard run, and then the hosts got a 6-yard pass to Barrett Bradbury from Hines.
Adair tacked on two more touchdowns in the third quarter.
The Tigers managed only 259 yards in total offense, including 195 on the ground.
Senior quarterback Hayden Moss completed only four of 15 passes for 64 yards and one interception.
Chris Ibarra was on the receiving end of two of Hayden Moss’ four completions. Ryan Dunbar and Danny Salinas each caught one pass.
“Hayden struggled,” his father said. “We’ve got to find receivers that can catch the football. That is something we have to work on.
“I may make some changes. When you are a one-dimensional football team, everybody will stack the box on you.”
Ibarra ran for 121 yards on 21 carries.
Cardenas added 34 yards on seven attempts and Ryan Dunbar chipped in with 23 yards on seven tries.
A rugged non-district schedule continues for CHS on Friday, Sept. 7 when it hosts Green Forest, Arkansas.
Green Forest, which also has the Tiger as its mascot, dropped a 14-7 decision to Yellville-Summit in its opener.