Former Wildcat football standout and assistant coach John McSheffery is readying for his first year as a head coach at nearby Commerce. Coach McSheffery played safety on the Wildcats State Champion team in 2008. He also played college football at West Texas A&M in Canyon and was a Wildcats assistant coach for three seasons. Coach McSheffery then was an assistant in Commerce for three years before getting the head coaching job earlier this year. The Tigers play in the tough District 5-3A in Division I. Commerce is picked to finish 6th in the 8 team district by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine. Pottsboro, ranked #3 in Class 3A , is picked number 1 in the district followed by Winnsboro, Mineola, Mount Vernon, Emory Rains and then Commerce with Howe picked 7th and Bonham 8th. According to Texas Football, Coach McSheffery inherits a ton of experience and talent from a playoff team last season. Commerce will return 17 lettermen including 7 starters on offense and 7 on defense. On offense, the Tigers are expected to be led by quarterback J’den Wilson, who threw for 1500 yards last season with 15 TD passes. The Tigers also return two proven running backs: Xzayveion Basham, who gained 1,000 yards last season and scored 9 touchdown, and Dayton Dunbar who rushed for 500 yards with 5 touchdowns. Returning to the Tigers defense are defensive lineman Corjohnta Dunbar, who had 56 tackles, 6.5 tackles for losses and 2 sacks, along with junior defensive lineman Henry Serrano, who had 61 tackles and 3 sacks. Commerce also returns a solid place kicker and punter in Edgar Castillo who was 10 for 10 in extra point kicks with 3 field goals and he averaged 40.9 yards per punt. Regardless of the outcome, Tigers new Head Coach John McSheffery will have a season he will probably never forget.
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