Area products help Texas A&M-Commerce capture bowl game victory
Updated: December 8, 2014
By Devin Hasson
Texas A&M-Commerce put the finishing touches on one of the most successful seasons in its modern history on Saturday with a 72-21 rout of East Central University in the Heart of Texas Bowl at Bulldawg Stadium in Copperas Cove.
Among the contributors for the Lions are North Mesquite product Joe Bergeron, Mesquite’s Davarus Shores and Rowlett’s Chase Thrasher.
Bergeron is the team’s leading rusher this season but he was not needed to shoulder a heavy workload on Saturday as quarterback Tyrik Rollison was named the game’s most valuable player after passing for 460 yards and four touchdowns.
Texas A&M-Commerce (9-3) won nine games in a season for the first time since 1990 and competed in back-to-back bowl games for the first time since 1957-58.
Bergeron carried the ball 10 times for 64 yards in his final game with the Lions. He finishes the season with 158 carries for 919 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground to go along with 15 catches for 187 yards and a pair of scores.
Shores, a junior, had a solid outing on Saturday, recording five tackles, one for a loss and one sack. In two seasons at Texas A&M Commerce, he has 86 tackles, nine for loss, two sacks, nine passes defended and four blocked kicks.
Thrasher averaged 40.3 yards on eight punts in the game. The junior, who also handles kickoffs, was 1-of-2 on field goals and 2-of-2 on extra points this year.
Among the other local players on the Texas A&M-Commerce roster are Dillon Jordan (Jr./OL, Rowlett), Austin Jordan (So./WR, Rowlett), Hayden Marsh (Jr./WR, Lovejoy), Dionte Taylor (Jr./DB, Plano East), Ovie Ureybu (Fr./RB, Frisco Legacy), Dominic Carroll (Sr./WR, Frisco Centennial) and Brandon Turner (Sr./DL, Allen).