COMMERCE — Commerce “iced” Hominy so to speak.
The Tigers jumped out to a 42-14 halftime lead then coasted 49-28 in a bitterly cold first round Class A playoff game here Friday, Nov. 9.
The temperature dipped to 28 degrees in the fourth quarter.
Commerce needed just six plays to take a 14-0 lead, was up 28-6 at the end of the opening frame then scored another three times before intermission.
“The way they played in the first half is the way we’d told them they were capable of playing,” Steve Moss said. “It was nice to see them put things together. “It easily could have been 49-7 at halftime or thereabouts.
“That’s just what we are after. Our offense is clicking right now and our defense is play hard, swarming to the ball.”
The win was just the third for the Tigers in nine meetings with Hominy, all coming in the playoffs.
Carlos Ibarra ran for touchdowns of 55 and 14 yards, caught a 44-yard TD pass from Hayden Moss and returned an interception 74 yards — just in the first half.
The 55-yard scamper by Ibarra was on the fourth play of the game, then after a three-and-out by Hominy, quarterback Hayden Moss teamed with Ryan Dunbar on a 33-yard pass just two plays and 2:08 later.
The Bucks cut the lead in half with a 14-yard run by Cliffy Hayes, but CHS scored another two quick touchdowns on a 44-yard Moss-to-Ibarra strike and a 14-yard run.
The Tigers kept the pressure on in the second quarter when Dunbar sprinted 10 yards with just 1:53 gone, then Ibarra had the pick-6 to make it 42-6.
Mike Hipp caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Blake Hipp with 21 seconds left in the half for Hominy.
“It was nice to see us put things together,” Steve Moss said.
Blake Hipp threw for two more scores for the Bucks in the third quarter with a 56-yard completion to Mike Hipp and a 45-yarder to Hayes.
Dunbar closed out the scoring with 2:51 remaining on a 2-yard run.
Salvador Martinez was successful on all seven of his PAT attempts.
“I knew they would make a run,” Steve Moss said. “It was 14-7 them in the second half, but I swear, it felt like it was a whole lot more than that.”
The final margin could have been even wider had a 58-yard touchdown on a Hayden Moss-to-Caden Pickard play on CHS’ first possession in the third quarter not been negated by an inadvertent whistle by one of the officials.
“Going to the spread, it’s more opportunities for us on offense, but its also more opportunities for the other guys,” Steve Moss said. “We can’t hold the ball and eat the clock like we could have with the split-back veer, but that’s part of it you give up.
“I am fine with it, especially if we keep scoring 50 points in the playoffs.”
Ibarra ran for 181 yards and two scores on 23 carries.
Hayden Moss was 7 of 13 passing for 160 yards. Dunbar caught four of his completions for 77 yards.
He also was the leading defensive player for CHS with 14 tackles.
Austin Hart had 13, Jayke Murphy 11 and Brandon Kelley was in on 10 stops.
The Tigers, who have outscored their last three opponents 155-48, move on to play at Hulbert next week.
The Riders were a 50-19 winner over Allen in another first round game.