COMMERCE — Setting the stage for a District A-6 showdown at Rejoice Christian, Commerce breezed to a 37-7 win over Oklahoma Union here Friday, Oct. 12.
Both Commerce and Rejoice are 4-0 in the district. The fourth-ranked Eagles (7-0) routed Quapaw 61-13 Friday night at Owasso.
“We are playing well at the right time,” CHS head coach Steve Moss said. Hopefully we can go down and see if we can play with the big guys.
“They look pretty darn good.”
Oklahoma Union scored the game’s first touchdown on a 1-yard Mason Seigel run.
But Chris Ibarra buried the Cougars in a landslide that included four touchdowns.
“The first time we had the ball, we gave it to them at our 25,” Moss said. “They got a touchdown about three minutes into the game, then we shut them out after that.”
Ibarra had a huge night, rushing for 301 yards and touchdown runs of 50, 70, 85 and 33 yards.
“He ran really well and ran hard,” Moss said. “There were a couple times where he got hit 2 yards behind (the line of scrimmage) and got loose. My favorite run of the night, he carried about five guys 10 yards and got a first down.”
Ibarra sat out most of the fourth quarter, Moss said.
That was the seventh-best in CHS history, just 7 yards short of Ibarra’s personal best set in 2015.
Bryson Sullivan holds the record with 387 yards with five touchdowns in 2010.
Ibarra also caught one pass for 13 yards.
“You have to give credit to the line, for sure,” Moss said. “On the 85, he had to dance around a little bit, but on the 70, he went untouched.”
Defensively, he logged four solo and three assisted tackles.
The Tigers — 5-2 and working on a four-game winning streak — also got a 25-yard field goal from Salvador Martinez midway through the third quarter and a 2-yard TD run from Brandon Kelley with just over 2 minutes left in the game.
Ibarra accounted for the bulk of a 359-yard CHS ground attack that saw nine different players get at least one touch.
Danny Salinas caught three of Hayden Moss’ six completions.
Ibarra, Oscar Gutierrez and Ryan Dunbar each had a reception.
Six players were in double figures with tackles.
Dunbar led the way with three solo and 12 assists, followed by Austin Hart, 13 (1-12); Brandon Brown, 13 (1-12); Jayke Murphy, 12 (0-12); Caden Pickard, 10 (1-9) and Kolby Dean, 10 (0-10).
Oklahoma Union finished with 174 yards rushing and 143 passing on seven completions.