Originally created 10/14/00

Washington-Wilkes 49, Commerce 27

WASHINGTON, Ga. -- The Commerce Tigers have seen plenty of great performances by running backs, it's just usually their own.

Coming into Friday night's game with Washington-Wilkes, Commerce's Monte Williams was 450 yards from the state's all-time career rushing mark and fresh off a 19-carry, 306-yard performance over Athens Academy.

Friday night, a running back ran for more than that, but it wasn't Williams -- it was another Tiger, Washington-Wilkes' Daccus Turman ran for 382 yards and seven touchdowns.

Washington-Wilkes rolled to a 49-27 victory.

"Daccus Turman is a pretty good running back," Williams said. "He's big and powerful and he can run. I think he's the best running back in the state."

Commerce quarterback and safety Michael Collins had to tackle him all night and gave credit to the Washington-Wilkes senior.

"I heard some people calling him train, and he ran like a train tonight," Collins said. "I heard him grunting and chugging the whole time."

Turman had touchdown runs of 1, 29, 10, 45, 20, 34 and 64 yards.

"The offensive line really came out tonight," Turman said. "My goal is usually 200 yards. I heard they had a great running back, so my goal tonight was to outrush him."

Washington-Wilkes had complete control of the ball as Turman ran at will on the Commerce defensive line.

Turman and the Tigers ate up more than six minutes on their first touchdown drive and took it 80 yards for the score.

The Washington-Wilkes offensive line of Merci Falaise, Michael Bailey, Cary Callaway, Ryan Cowan and Antonio Mercier created the holes and Turman, Justin Gartrell and Keidric Hall took advantage. In the opening drive, the Tigers picked up six first downs and faced only one third down -- which they converted, moving the ball to the Commerce 11.

On that drive Turman carried the ball six times for 38 yards.

"He's a great player, what else can you say? He's a great player," said Washington-Wilkes head coach Frank Vohun.

Williams didn't get a carry in the first quarter, firstly because Collins took the third Tiger play 61 yards for a touchdown and secondly because Washington-Wilkes was able to hold the ball.

Commerce was only able to stop Washington-Wilkes once, on the first drive of the second half. Commerce wasn't able to take advantage as Collins was tackled for an 11-yard loss on fourth-and-four at the Washington-Wilkes 39 by Washington-Wilkes' Debargia Coffer.

"We were scared after they stopped us in the second half," Vohun said. "But our offense responded."

Did they ever -- as Turman ran 45 yards for a touchdown and a 28-14 Washington-Wilkes lead on the next play.

"I knew it was going to be a tough game," Williams said. "They had great runners on offense and defense. That will be the best defense we play all season."


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