OWASSO — Rejoice Christian is legit.
The third-ranked Eagles, behind tailback Andrew Crow’s five touchdowns and 290 yards rushing, rolled to a 56-38 win over Commerce here Thursday, Oct. 18.
“They are pretty good,” Commerce head coach Steve Moss said. “The tailback is better than I thought he was. He’s hard to bring down. Chris (Ibarra) had him several times and he just grabbed air.”
With the win, Rejoice wrapped up the District A-6 title with a 5-0 record. The Eagles are 8-0 overall.
CHS (4-1, 5-3) is assured of a second-place finish in the district and will host a first-round playoff game on Nov. 9.
The Tigers finish the regular season with Ketchum at home then travel to Quapaw.
“Our defense definitely played a lot better in the second half,” Moss said. “Usually you say that because they’ve put a bunch of subs in, but they played their starters the whole game. Our kids just settled down and started playing.
“But it was too little, too late.”
Crow had touchdown runs of 17, 3 13 and 27 yards. He also ran a kickoff back 53 yards for a fourth-quarter TD.
Crow had 166 yards and four TDs a week earlier in a 61-13 win over Quapaw.
“Their passing game didn’t hurt us much at all, but the tailback is really good,” Moss said. “He was the difference, for sure.”
The Eagles also got a 1-yard touchdown run from Nate Anderson and an 8-yard scoring pass from Riley Walker.
Commerce finally got on the scoreboard with 4:39 left in the third quarter on a 2-yard run by quarterback Hayden Moss.
The PAT kick was blocked, whittling the deficit to 35-6.
The Tigers scored four more times in the fourth on a 4-yard run by Hayden Moss, a 7-yard run by Ibarra and passes of 27 and 9 yards to Caden Pickard from Hayden Moss.
“We ran 30 offensive plays in the second quarter and never did punch one in,” Steve Moss said.
On the night, he said the Tigers had 87 offensive snaps: “That’s more than we’ve ever run.”
Ibarra ground out 187 yards on 29 carries while scoring once.
Hayden Moss completed 15 of 32 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns.
He was intercepted twice and the Tigers lost one fumble.
Pickard caught six passes for 88 yards. Danny Salinas had three catches and Oscar Guttierez, Ibarra and Ryan Dunbar each reeled in two passes.
“I told the kids losing is awful, but I think we figured something out and may have turned the corner,” Steve Moss said.