Rains gets defensive blanking Commerce12-0
From Staff Reports

Oct. 16, 2004 - EMORY - The Rains Wildcats kept their playoff hopes alive with a 12-0 win in their District 11-3A home opener over the Commerce Tigers.

Rains evens its district record at 1-1, 2-5 for the season. Commerce goes to 0-2 to begin district play, 4-3 for the season.

Matthew Runion provided several key plays that led to the Wildcat win. With Commerce threatening to score on the game's opening drive, Runion

intercepted a Zach Boles pass at the goal line to end the Tigers only trip

inside the Wildcats' 20-yard line for the night.

Runion finished the game with three interceptions.

Defense dominated the game. Rains managed to compile 164 yards of offense while Commerce finished the game with 151.

Tyler Jones led all rushers with 52 yards on 18 carries. Commerce

quarterback Boles led the Tigers with 41 yards on seven carries.

Rains managed to get their offense in gear and take a 6-0 lead on a 1-yard run by Tyler Jones with 8:40 left in the second quarter. The run was set up when Daniel Davis completed a 27-yard pass to Aaron Combs that moved the ball to the Commerce goal line. One play later Jones plowed into the end zone for the Wildcat lead.

With the exception of their opening drive, the Tiger offense struggled to

sustain a drive. During the first half of play the Tigers had four drives

halted by turnovers and two drives ended after three plays and punt.

Commerce appeared to find an answer to the Rains defense on their opening drive of the second half. The Tigers put together an 11-play drive that moved them near the Rains 30. But the drive came to a halt when the Tigers were stopped on fourth-and-9.

After ending the Tigers' only threat of the second half, the Wildcats

followed with a 16-play scoring drive that measured 69 yards and consumed the remainder of the third quarter and part of the fourth quarter. Aaron Potts capped the drive with a 1-yard quarterback sneak.

During the drive the Wildcats converted two fourth-down plays that kept the chains moving. Two key plays during the drive was a 13-yard pass from Potts to McFalls and a 15-yard run by Davis on a trap that kept the Tigers off balance and moved the ball inside the Commerce 10-yard line.

The Tigers' last chance of avoiding the shut out came to an end with

Runion's third interception of the night.

"We knew he would have a big game," said Rains head coach Ken Little. "We worked real hard with him on recognizing certain pass routes, and he showed real courage when he reacted to those pass routes."

The win breaks a five-game losing streak for Rains. The shut out is also the first shut out recorded by the Wildcats since a 40-0 blanking of the Quitman Bulldogs on Oct. 21. 2001.

Friday night the Wildcats travel to Mount Vernon (4-3, 1-0) to take on the Tigers.

Commerce, Rains

Commerce 0 0 0 0 -- 0

Rains 0 6 0 6 -- 12

Second quarter

Rains -- Tyler Jones 1 run (kick failed), 8:40

Fourth quarter

Rains -- Aaron Potts 1 run (pass failed), 9:46

Commerce Rains

First Downs 9 12

Rushing Yards 31-104 44-124

Passing Yards 47 40

Passing 6-13-3 2-4-0

Punts-Avg 2-28.5 4-31.5

Penalties-Yards 4-34 3-25

Fumbles-Lost 3-2 1-1

Individual Stats

RUSHING -- Commerce, Zach Boles 7-41; Kenny Johnson 9-21; Andre Wilson 9-18;

Landon Wilson 4-16; Wesley Hunter 2-8. Rains, Tyler Jones 18-52; Daniel

Davis 3-33; Mandel Christian 6-23; Derek Hurst 7-18; Tam Nguyen 1-0; Aaron

Potts 9-(minus 2).

PASSING -- Commerce, Boles 6-13-3-47. Rains, Davis 1-1-0-27; Potts 1-3-0-13

RECEIVING -- Commerce, Travis Burnett 2-19; Lee Mathis 1-14; James Mills

2-13; Wesley Hunter 2-8. Rains, Aaron Combs 1-27; Justin McFalls 1-13.

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