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Class A District 5

School Colors: Royal and White

Head Coach: Logan Cawyer (0-0, 1st season)

Assistant coaches: Chris Cawyer (DC), Matt Poteet (OL/DL), Hayden Moss (QB)

COACH CAWYER SAYS:

“I expect our team to compete for a district championship and continue to grow in that direction. We have several returning starters in key positions. Game experience and hard work in the summer will help get us back in the playoffs.”

Five Year Trend (Playoffs)

  • 2020: 5-5 (Second Round)
  • 2019: 7-4 (First Round)
  • 2018: 9-4 (Third Round)
  • 2017: 10-3 (Third Round)
  • 2016: 6-5 (First Round)

2020 REVIEW

The Commerce Tigers improved as the season went on last year. In their first four games, they went 1-3, but won four of their last six. “We played some tough games early, had a lot of uncertainty and a few games got cancelled due to Covid,” Cawyer says. “Our kids pushed through and started playing better towards the end of the season.” The Tigers saw some players sidelined for weeks at a time due to COVID-19, so they relied heavily on their depth and the development of underclassman in 2020.

RETURNING STARTERS (2020 stats)

RB/LB Eric Cunningham (Sr) 5’10”, 175 lb – 845 rush yards, 11 TD

TE/DE Aiddenn Vanatta (Sr) 6’3”, 200 lb – 70 tackles, 3 fumble recoveries

WR/OLB Levi Rhinehart (Sr) 6’2”, 190 lb – 61 tackles, 2 forced fumbles

TE/OLB Marcus Howard (Sr) 6’1”, 185 lb – 47 tackles

QB/FS Kyle Forbis (So) 5’9”, 160 lb – 41 tackles, 1 interception

FB/LB Seth Hailey (Sr) 5’10”, 215 lb – 18 tackles, 2 sacks, 5 tackles for loss

WR/DB Roger Hernandez (Sr) 5’9”, 165 lb – 16 tackles, 1 interception

OL/DL Daniel Nino (So) 5’10”, 205 lb – 15 tackles, 2 forced fumbles

OL/DL Brandon Cochran (Jr) 6’3”, 275 lb

WR/DB Julian Herrera (Sr) 5’9”, 165 lb

RB/OLB Conner Pace (So) 5’11”, 180 lb

OTHER KEY RETURNERS

RB/DB Corben Cunliffe (Jr) 5’11”, 175 lb

OL/DL Kevin Schulz (Jr) 6’0”, 225 lb

QB/LB Austin Lake (Fr) 5’10”, 165 lb

SCHEDULE:

9/3 @ Galena

9/10 vs. Chelsea

9/17 vs. Keifer

9/24 @ Pawhuska

10/1 vs. Afton

10/8 @ Wyandotte

10/14 vs. Ketchum

10/22 @ Fairland

10/29 vs. Oklahoma Union

11/5 @ Quapaw

2021 SEASON OUTLOOK

The Commerce Tigers are operating under a new head coach for the 2021 season. Logan Cawyer has been with the program for a handful of seasons, but this upcoming season will be his first in the lead role. He plans to implement a more balanced approach on offense. “Our goal going into the season will be to put the ball in the air more,” Cawyer says. “We want to be closer to 50/50 on run/pass then we have the past couple of years. We will still have fast, strong runners in the backfield and a good receiving corp.” Eric Cunningham was an important piece of the Tiger’s run game last year, rushing for 845 yards on 146 carries and scoring 11 touchdowns. He is returning in for his senior season. Not only is he a force on the field, but he is also the team’s leader. “Eric is one of our toughest kids,” Cawyer says. “He’s a leader in the weight room and on the field. Eric leads by example and is a “team first” guy.” In 2021, the Tigers will also be building a new offensive line. Many of the same players will remain, but some in different positions. On defense, Cawyer’s emphasis is on getting his team to rally to the ball.