The Commerce Tigers exited the playoffs early after falling to Kaufman Friday, 28-19. Commerce carried a 7 point halftime lead into the locker room, but it was the usually run-happy Kaufman offense that came up big in the passing game with two huge touchdown strikes in the second half, taking momentum and the lead. In a late rally, the Commerce Tigers drove the field and scored a touchdown with just over a minute left to play, to bring the score to 20-19 Kaufman.
But in an example of the way the Kaufman Lions have played all season, the extra point was blocked, and the Tigers were unable to tie the game up. Kaufman recovered the ensuing onside kick and tacked on a late touchdown and two-point conversion, securing the Bi-district win over the Tigers, 28-19.
Other area teams advancing in the playoffs:
The Rains Wildcats secured their second playoff win in school history in double overtime against Crandall, and will face a Bonham team that defeated Roosevelt. Mount Vernon is set to play Dallas Madison.
Lone Oak advances after ousting New Diana, and will face Garrison. Cooper stays alive after defeating Gunter and will see Prosper in the next round.
Wylie defeated North Lamar to advance. It was Terrell over Sulphur Springs. Defending state champs Greenville Christian advance in 6-man. And Wolfe City will face Harleton after their first round bye.