Richard Stroud

Grove Sun

COLCORD- The Colcord Hornets passed one big test when they defeated the Salina Wildcats last week 40-26.

Now the Hornets will face an even bigger test when they travel to Commerce tonight to take on the Tigers.

Commerce is 4-0 and ranked in the top-10 in Class 2A by every major publication in the state, having won their four games so far by an average of 33 points per game. Their closest game so far was the season opener against Oklahoma Union, a 40-20 final. Since then, the Tigers have rolled over Lighthouse Christian of Springfield, Mo. (39-0), Riverton, Kan. (42-8) and last won their district opener over Ketchum 47-6.

The Tigers have used a pounding running game to overwhelm their opponents so far this year. Bryson Sullivan leads Commerce with 334 yards rushing and five touchdowns on the season, while Austin McMain has added 320 and six touchdowns, creating a formidable duo.

When the Tigers have gone to the air quarterback Kasey Ng, son of the Commerce head coach, has made a bevy of big plays, with 539 yards on just 26 completions. Nine of those completions have gone for touchdowns, four of those to Kyler Ng, who is averaging 27.2 yards per reception.

The Hornets will counter with big-play ability of their own. Running back Darwin Davis reeled off a 76-yard touchdown run against Salina last week after having one of the same distance against Westville earlier in the year. Davis racked up 130 yards last week against the Wildcats, giving him 379 yards on the season.

Quarterback Canaan Sherrell has gotten into the big-play act as well, going for a 36-yard run last week. Sherrell also has an 80-yard kickoff return to his credit this season. Sherrell has gained 426 yards on the season on the ground and 387 yards more through the air.

Rusty James has 12 receptions on the year for 246 yards, an average of over 20 yards per catch.

This will be the first matchup between the two schools since 2007, which Colcord won by a score of 39-6 in week one. This yearís game will have a lot more at stake, with the winner moving to 2-0 in the district and moving into the frontrunnerís position for the district title.