Coming on Strong

The Lions prepare to meet old rivals this weekend

Carter Lacy, Editor

Your Commerce Lions enter Lone Star Conference play as they head to Kingsville, TX, to take on Texas A&M-Kingsville this Saturday at 7 P.M.

The TAMU-Kingsville Javelinas (1-1, 0-0 LSC) opened the season with a 18-16 loss to Incarnate Word, but will host the Lions after improving on both sides of the ball in a 38-20 win over Missouri S&T. First year head coach Dan Wilkinson will look to rack up his first Lone Star Conference victory at TAMUK. Commerce will have to contain senior RB Shawn Vasquez, who is coming off a career game against MS&T. Kingsville has not had a winning season since 2011, and has only won 5 games since the start of the 2013 season, but a new coach and experienced vets on the field doesn’t hurt. Expect this to be a different TAMUK unit than in recent years.

PLAYERSTO WATCH FOR: RB #26 Shawn Vasquez, LB #23 Miles Kirksey, WR #1 Anthony Autry

Texas A&M-Commerce (1-1, 0-0 LSC) is coming off a heartbreaking loss to #10 Delta State, but the team looked much more consistent doing so. QB Harrison Stewart still had minor issues with his accuracy, but was able to connect on big plays in a much more successful manner than week one; specifically with WR Lance Evans, who caught 3 touchdowns in the loss. The Lions’ rush defense looked spectacular, so look for them to feed off the success they had against Delta State (held them to less than 100 rushing yards total) as they head down to Kingsville.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR: RB #23 Richard Cooper, QB #15 Harrison Stewart, WR #10 Darby Smith, LB #33 Charles Woods.
Commerce has not lost to Kingsville since the 2011 season and won last year’s matchup at AT&T Stadium in Arlington 55-20