By Monte Franks
Special to The Globe
COMMERCE, Okla. - Two touchdown runs each by Derek Boman and Klint Reading carried the Commerce Tigers to a 44-6 victory Friday night over District A6 opponent Oklahoma Union.
With the win, coach Rick Trimble's Tigers are a perfect 2-0 in district action and 4-1 on the season. The Oklahoma Cougars slip to 1-1 in district and 2-3 overall.
Commerce will travel to Wyandotte next Friday for a 7:30 p.m. district clash.
During the first quarter both Commerce and Oklahoma Union squandered scoring chances.
The Tigers took the opening kickoff and marched from their own 35-yard line to the Oklahoma Union 8. Along the way the Tigers recovered fumbles by Boman and Tyler Williams to keep the drive alive, but a dropped pass on fourth down stalled the drive.
Oklahoma Union moved the ball back the other way from its own 8 to the Commerce 9 in a seven-minute drive. Junior quarterback Jason Dickson fired a 21-yard pass to tight end Jonathan Fasking and runs of 18 yards by Tim Keeton and 8 yards by Dustin Shufeldt highlighted the drive.
Cougar running back Zack Rumple fumbled the handoff on a first-and-goal call at the 9 and Commerce linebacker Williams fell on the ball to end the Oklahoma Union threat.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Tigers mounted an 89-yard, six-play drive to grab the lead with 11:29 left in the second quarter. Key play during the drive was a 21-yard pass from Reading to Greg Cossairt.
Boman ended the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run and Dooley's extra point gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead.
Reading, starting at strong safety, intercepted a pass and returned it 48 yards to the Oklahoma Union 9-yard line to give the Tigers their next scoring chance.
Boman scored from 9 yards out on the first play. The extra point sailed wide right at the Tigers held a 13-0 lead with 9:47 before halftime.
Another interception by Dooley gave the Tigers the ball at the Cougar 33-yard line. Reading found Cossairt for a 33-yard TD pass. The conversion run failed as Commerce built a 19-0 lead with 6:03 before intermission.
Following a 21-yard punt return by Tyler Williams, the Tigers marched 42 yards in six plays with Reading scoring on a 15-yard run. Commerce built a 25-0 lead at the half.
During the third quarter Williams scored on a 7-yard run and Reading added a 33-yard TD run to increase the Commerce lead to 38-0 entering the final quarter.
Mounting a sustained 92-yard, 15-play drive the Tigers consumed 3:14 on the clock before Maurico Garza scored on a 1-yard run. The missed extra point gave the Tigers a 44-0 lead.
Oklahoma Union responded with a 68-yard drive to break the scoreless streak.
Running back Dustin Shufeldt scored on a 16-yard run with 6:11 left in the game. The two-point conversion pass failed.
Williams led the Commerce ground game with 87 yards on 14 carries while Boman added 83 yards on nine carries. The Tigers generated 302 yards on 43 carries on the ground.
Reading completed 4-of-9 passes for 80 yards and one TD with one i nterception. Cossairt caught two passes for 54 yards.
Shufeldt led the Cougars with 86 yards on 11 carries while Okahoma Union gained 222 yards on 45 attempts.
Dickson completed 4-of-15 passes for 41 yards with three interceptions.
By Monte Franks