COMMERCE — The worst fears of Commerce head coach Steve Moss happened.
The Tigers dropped to 1-2 on the season with a 29-0 loss to Frontenac, Kansas, here Friday, Sept. 14.
But he’s not ready to hit the panic button.
“We definitely didn’t want to be 1-2 right now, but that was part of the danger of scheduling these,” Moss said. The Tigers previously had faced 2A No. 12 Adair and Green Forest, Arkansas.
“I feel in the long run, it will pay dividends,” Moss said. “We are seeing more things about our football team than if we had scheduled three victories. That is what we are focused on: making sure we get better.”
Quarterback Jake Beckman threw for three touchdowns and 230 yards for the Raiders, who were the Class 4A Division II state runner-up in 2017.
This was the second straight shutout for the Raiders, who had blanked Pittsburg (Kansas) St. Mary’s-Colgan last week.
“They are a good football team for sure,” Moss said.
Beckman, who completed 10 of his 16 passes, teamed with Ryan Raio on a 50-yard TD strike midway through the opening quarter.
Alex Johnson made it 12-0 with a 1-yard run with 10:00 until the half.
The Raiders broke the game open with a pair of scores within 4:16 of the final stanza.
Raio reeled in a 26-yard pass from Beckman at 10:10 then Johnson had a 44-yard touchdown catch at 6:56.
The Tigers were in the Frontenac red zone three times but came up empty.
On its second offensive series, the Tigers were at the 5-yard line but had a breakdown that resulted in a big loss.
“We’re shooting ourselves in the foot when we need to be finishing drives,” Moss said. “It’s revealing things. It’s revealing where we need to get better. That was my goal.”
This was the final non-district game for the Tigers, who begin A-8 play Friday, Sept. 21 at Afton.
Eleven different players ran the ball and six caught at least one pass for Frontenac.
The Raiders had 104 yards on 31 rushes.
CHS quarterback Hayden Moss had a career-low three pass completions on 14 attempts for 54 yards.
The Tigers managed only 106 rushing yards, with Chris Ibarra leading the way with 54 yards on 14 attempts.
Defensive leaders for the Tigers were Ryan Dunbar with five solo and six assisted tackles and Brandon Kelley, who had three solos and six assists.