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Tue August 16, 2005
Commerce Tigers play well in first team scrimmage
By Kevin Jefferies
Commerce – The Commerce Tigers continue to gear up for the start of the football season next week. They held their first scrimmage over the weekend against Mineola. The scrimmage was set up to test specific game-like situations with set possessions for each team in each situation.
The Commerce ground attack showed several players moving the ball well. Head Coach Bill Draughn was pleased with that.
DRAUGHN: We had Kenny Johnson had 41 yards. Andre Wilson had 40 yards. Tim Bloodsoe had 19 and Daniel Ray had 35. And we were doing that. We were alternating them in there every two plays to get them in there to show their style and show that they know what to do, and every coach loves that.
Not much action in the passing game, but senior quarterback Zach Boles did have a good performance.
DRAUGHN: He was 4 for 5 with two touchdowns for 35 yards. We were working more on our control game. We weren't throwing the ball up the field. Alot of it has to do with what they're giving us. They were in a zone coverage and playing over the top real well, so we just threw underneath.
The defense also showed some good play-making ability.
DRAUGHN: On defense we have kind of like a swarm, where more than one person makes a tackle. And we had a lot of that.
The Tigers racked up 259 total yards on 35 plays. 219 of those yards came on the ground in 30 plays. Commerce faces Whitewright in another scrimmage this week. Originally scheduled for Thursday, the game has been moved to this Friday in Whitewright. The Tigers open the season next week at home against Community, with live coverage beginning at 7pm Friday right here on 88.9.