Tuesday October 6th, 2015 2:42PM

Football 2013: Tigers try to keep playoff streak alive despite changes

By Jeff Hart Sports Reporter


MASCOT: Tigers

TEAM COLORS: Black and Vegas Gold


HEAD COACH/RECORD AT SCHOOL: Michael Brown, first season

2012 RECORD/ ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 5-6, lost in first round of playoffs

KEY LOSSES: FB Jamal Browner, OL Micah Eason, OL Clay Pritchett OL, RB Terrick Ramsey, RB Quay Little, DB Barron Mather, DB Chase Ledbetter, DL Dillion Haggard, DL Dylan Seagraves

OFFENSIVE STYLE: Triple Option, Multiple I -- the Tigers will try to grind up opponents on the ground.

KEY OFFENSIVE PLAYERS: Return 7 starters
Related Articles
COMMERCE -- After having just two coaches in 33-years, Commerce is once again finding itself with changes at the top as long-time defensive coordinator Michael Brown takes over for Marvin Justice, becoming the third head coach of the Tigers in the last four years.<br /> <br /> It's only on an interim basis for Brown, who is just trying to keep the ship moving forward while he weighs his options.<br /> <br /> "I'm from Commerce and I understand the commitment it takes here. I just want to make sure it's the best fit for me and my family and the program," he said. "I was very comfortable as the defensive coordinator. We'll take a look at everything after the season is over."<br /> <br /> What won't change for the Tigers will be a punishing ground attack behind their triple-option attack. Senior Drew Whitfield, who missed half the season with injuries and illness, returns to guide the offense. The line should be the strength behind three-year senior starters Chance McClure, Morgan Flint, and Aaron Kyle, as well as senior TE Tony Patman. Brown said finding replacements in the backfield will be a key.<br /> <br /> "We lost three good guys back there so our focus is finding the right guys to run the ball," he said.<br /> <br /> On defense, the Tigers return five of the top front seven in seniors Patman (DL), Kyle (DL), junior Brevin Knox (DL), and senior LBs McClure and Flint. The secondary is still a work-in-progress with senior CB Jamir Walton the only returning starter.<br /> <br /> "We've got great kids and they're working hard," Brown said."They have not let the changes around them keep them from working hard. I'm looking forward to an improved season, as long as we can stay healthy."<br /> <br /> Despite the changes, the Tigers managed to continue their streak of playoff runs, advancing to their 16th straight postseason in 2012. Brown said that is always the goal.<br /> <br /> "You can't win (the title) if you don't get in so the goal every year is to get into the playoffs," he said. "Hopefully we can keep that going."
  • Associated Categories: Friday Game Night
© Copyright 2015
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Snelling to make curtain call at East-West Classic (Video)
Ask Walt Snelling about Gainesville football and you will be supplied with a litany of great players and games from a program with an illustrious history.
7:33PM ( 1 year ago )
Friday Game Night
Region title deciders on the line? Could well be the case for Friday
We’re past the halfway point in the season, so it’s no wonder that this week brings with it a handful of contests that could well decide the destiny of a region crown and/or playoff positioning this weekend.
4:40PM ( 1 hour from now )
5 things: What we learned from Week 6 of high school football
Here’s a look at five things we learned from Week 6 of the high school football season...
5:51PM ( 20 hours ago )
VIDEO: Gainesville makes most of six Salem turnovers to set up Lanier showdown
Gainesville expected a battle on Friday night at Salem...
11:41AM ( 3 days ago )
(VIDEO) Dawson County battles past East Hall to stay tied for first in 7-AAA
Dawson County football maybe under a new head coach and still learning its way through the 2015 campaign, but the Tigers are currently tied for first place in Region 7-AAA.
By AccessWDUN Staff
11:30AM ( 3 days ago )
(VIDEO) No. 3 Dragons, Wood roll over No. 4 Elbert, 27-8
It may have been advertised as the Colby Wood vs. Mecole Hardman showdown. But it was the Dragons offensive line that deserved top-billing Friday night.
11:17AM ( 3 days ago )