Rains holds down Commerce in 10-3A opener
By TREY HILL | News-Telegram Correspondent

Oct. 14, 2006 - EMORY - After giving up nearly 300 yards in passing to a team that predominately rushes the football, the coaches for the Rains Wildcats entered Friday night's game against the Commerce Tigers with one question: Can their defense stop a team that is known to throw the football more than than they run it?

The answer is yes!

Friday night, Rains held Commerce to just 46 yards of total offense on its way to a 22-0 shutout at home over the Tigers to begin District 10-3A play.

On offense the Wildcats ground out 247 yards rushing on 60 carries. Quarterback Aaron Potts led the way with 75 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Mandel Christian added 64 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, and Derek Hurst had 60 yards on 18 carries.

Rains took a 7-0 lead in the second quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by Christian. The run capped a 13-play drive that began on the Wildcats' own 28-yard line. A key play during the drive was a 13-yard pass reception by Jonathan Beasley on third-and-13 that kept the scoring drive alive.

After having gone two weeks without completing a pass, Potts completed three of his seven pass attempts for 39 yards. Beasley pulled in a pair for 28 yards and Taylor Marshall caught the other for 11 yards.

The Wildcats extended the lead on their first possession of the second half. Potts capped the eight-play drive with a 30-yard touchdown run. Derek Hurst added his second point-after kick for a 14-0 lead.

A mishandled snap by Commerce on an attempted punt early in the fourth quarter resulted in a 2-point safety for Rains.

The Rains defense kept Commerce pinned deep in its own territory through all of the fourth quarter. An interception by Colby Hoover and return to the Commerce 10-yard line led to the Wildcats' final touchdown.

With 12 seconds left in the game, Potts plowed in from 1-yard out to make the final score 22-0. The added six points gave the Wildcats the maximum number of points for the district's tie-breaking system.

The defense played an outstanding game for the Wildcats. They held Commerce quarterback Bobby Draughn to just 33 yards on 3-of-13 passing. They gave up even less on the ground as they limited Commerce to 13 yards on 20 carries. Tim Bloodsoe led the Tigers with 34 yards rushing on seven carries.

Friday night the Wildcats (1-0, 5-1) will travel to Wills Point while Commerce (0-1, 2-4) plays host to Royse City.

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