COMMERCE — A 19th straight trip to the playoffs by Commerce ended abruptly Friday, Nov. 15.
Barnsdall got 271 yards and four touchdowns from Joe Cole and Michael Marin to coast to a 33-7 win over the Tigers in a first-round Class A playoff game here.
“I could tell they were a pretty good team and that we would have to play well, keep from having turnovers and no injuries,” CHS head coach Steve Moss said.
None of those went in the Tigers’ favor. They had only 212 yards in total offense, turned the ball over twice and lost eight players to a variety of injuries over the night.
“It was a crazy game, when the tide turned, the tide turned,” Moss said. “The first 15 minutes was alright, then it was a totally different game; like a switch was flipped.”
Commerce grabbed a quick 7-0 lead on an 8-yard run by Caden Pickard, but that was it for the Tigers.
Barnsdall went into the break with 14-7 advantage then scored another three times in the second half.
Cole finished with 140 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries and completed 17 of his 26 pass attempts for 269 yards and another TD.
Marin ran the ball 16 times and netted 131 yards and a score.
“It was just one of those nights,” Moss said. “You know it’s not a good night when I am at the hospital until 1 o’clock in the morning with two concussions, a possible ACL and a sprained knee.”
“They are from a tough district,” Moss said. “Pawnee won the district over Pawhuska and they (the Panthers) lost to Pawnee 24-20.”
Pickard finished with 52 yards rushing on 12 carries plus the touchdown.
Eric Cunningham contributed 42 yards and Seth Hailey added 13.
Cunningham was 11 of 17 passing for 101 yards. Lance Hyatt and Pickard were a combined 1 of 2 for 5 yards.
Hyatt caught four passes for 54 yards and Pickard, Mateo Moreno and Caleb Eulitt each had two receptions.
Heath Moles was on the receiving end of Cole’s 17 completions, netting 130 yards. Marin snagged four passes for 71 yards.
Defensively, Pickard and Gabe Smith each had four unassisted and six assisted tackles while Kolby Dean had one unassisted and eight assisted stops.
“We had a successful season,” Moss said. “I am happy for the seniors. They had a good season, were able to get second in the district and have a home playoff game. It was a rough night to end it that way, but after the pain goes away, they can look back and realize they had a good season and a good career.”
Barnsdall (8-3) advances to face Gore (11-1), which was a 27-6 winner against Konawa.