FRONTENAC, Kan. — The real season for the Commerce Tigers starts Friday, Sept. 27.
CHS slipped to 1-2 in non-district play when they suffered a 35-0 loss to Frontenac, Kansas, here Friday, Sept. 20.
“They are 3-0 and beat Colgan (traditional Kansas powerhouse Pittsburg St. Mary’s-Colgan) 50-12 last week, so you know they’re pretty good to be able to do that with Colgan,” Commerce head coach Steve Moss said. “They are a good ballclub.”
The Tigers lost to Adair 46-16 in the season opener and defeated Green Forest, Arkansas, a week ago.
This is the same scenario Commerce faced in 2018 when they beat Afton 42-14 in the ’18 A-6 opener and went 8-2 the rest of the way, reaching the Class A quarterfinals.
CHS hosts the 2-1 Eagles Friday night.
“All we are worried about is district,” Moss said. “The season really starts now. All the preseason stuff is fun and is good way to get ready for it, but right now is when it all starts counting.”
This was just the second time in the last 26 games that CHS has been shut out; both times by Frontenac.
The Tigers, who had only 17 players on the sideline for the second half, had only 100 yards in total offense — 88 rushing and only 12 yards passing on 3 of 11 attempts by quarterback Eric Cunningham.
Seth Hailey was the leading rusher for Commerce with 60 yards.
Frontenac went into the half with a 14-0 advantage then scored twice within five minutes in the third quarter to take charge.
Jake Beckmann was the biggest thorn in the Tigers’ side. He ran the ball only 10 times, but three were on touchdown runs of 30, 47 and 13 yards.
He also was 4 of 8 passing for 55 yards.
Frontenac also got a 3-yard run by Storm Niegsch and a 52-yard romp from Ryan Raio.