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Game of the Week Preview: Lakeview vs Commerce

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The BLITZ Game of the Week gives us our first Commerce game since 2015. The team with one of the richest histories in Georgia travels to Gainesville to take on Lakeview Academy.

LAKEVIEW

Lakeview is just trying to get that first victory of the season. It’s been a tough go at it this year, as the Lions have been outscored 180-54 in their 4 games. Playing #5 Commerce will only make things tougher on them. The last winning season for long-time head coach Matthew Gruhn was in 2012, when the team won 6 games. Gruhn has been the head coach since the program started in 2007, and has a career 30-75 record.

COMMERCE

The #5 Tigers are rolling, and are coming off a well-earned bye week following a stomping of Madison County. Commerce is tied with two others atop the region standings, and will be looking to move to 2-0 if they can pounce on Lakeview. Tyleon Brock, Sam Roach, Nate Ray, and others are making a lot of noise this season.

BY THE NUMBERS (2019)

LAKEVIEW

  • 0-4 (0-1)
  • Region Standings: T-4th
  • LAST: L 7-42 vs Hebron
  • 13.5 OFFENSE
  • 45.0 DEFENSE

COMMERCE

  • 4-1 (1-0)
  • Region Standings: T-1st
  • LAST: W 42-14 vs Madison
  • 41.0 OFFENSE
  • 17.4 DEFENSE

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Be looking for highlights post-game late tonight as well as a story recapping WEEK 8. Highlights will also be shared on Channel 5 (Fox) on the 11 PM “High 5 Sports” show tonight. You can also follow us on Twitter (@BlitzSportsGa) for live score updates.

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OUR PREDICTION

Commerce is…well, Commerce. Some things never change, and the Tigers have been a playoff team for 22 years in a row, and this year will make 23. Michael Brown (57-21) continues to lead his alma mater to greatness. This game could be over quickly, even if it is in enemy territory. OUR PICK: COMMERCE

DETAILS OF THE MATCHUP

TIME: 7:30 PM Kickoff
PLACE: Lakeview Academy HS / Gainesville, GA
LAST MEETING: 2018; Commerce 42, Lakeview 0
ALL-TIME RECORD: Commerce 7, Lakeview 0
RECORDS: Lakeview Lions (0-4; 0-1 in 8-A); Commerce Tigers (4-1; 1-0 in 8-A)

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HISTORICALLY SPEAKING

Since Lakeview’s inception of football in 2007, it has squared off with the Tigers on 7 different occasions, but has yet to walk off the field as winners. The closest was during the 2014 season, in which Commerce still won handedly, 55-28. Last year’s result was a bit more lopsided, a 42-0 win for the Tigers. Twice Commerce has put up 50-plus points in this matchup, and only twice has Lakeview scored in double-digits.

TEAM LEADERS

LAKEVIEW

PASSING
Ben Puckett: 412 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT (20/46 passing; 43%)

RUSHING
Ben Puckett: 193 yds, 2 TD
Brandon Wilson: 169 yds, 3 TD
Bodie Blackwell: 99 yds, 1 TD
Jordan Thomas: 75 yds

RECEIVING
Sam Perrot: 198 yds, 1 TD, 10 rec
Bodie Blackwell: 116 yds, 7 rec
Jordan Thomas: 47 yds, 1 TD, 2 rec

TACKLES
N/A

INTERCEPTIONS
N/A

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COMMERCE

PASSING
Nate Ray: 213 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT (13/27 passing; 48%)
Landon Bunn: 13 yds, 0 TD, 0 INT (1/1 passing; 100%)

RUSHING
Samuel Roach: 424 yds, 9 TD, 7 YPC
Tyleon Brock: 356 yds, 4 TD, 19.8 YPC
Josh Frates: 145 yds, 3 TD, 6.6 YPC
Michael Sherman: 124 yds, 1 TD, 11.3 YPC
Dreylan Martin: 120 yds, 2 TD, 7.5 YPC
Nate Ray: 117 yds, 4.3 YPC

RECEIVING
Tyleon Brock: 71 yds, 1 TD, 2 rec
TJ Trudnak: 58 yds, 1 TD, 2 rec
Jake Frates: 33 yds, 1 TD, 2 rec
Michael Sherman: 22 yds, 3 rec

TACKLES
Grey Holbrook: 33 TKL
Trey Huff: 31 TKL
Hunter Nunn: 29 TKL
Trahvon Wiggins: 27 TKL, 2 Sacks, 2 Fum Rec

INTERCEPTIONS
Elijah Burns: 1 (TD)
Trey Garnto: 1
Gaven Dawley: 1
Daniel Wilson: 1

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