POTTSBORO — One week after yielding 61 points in an overtime win against Caddo Mills, seniors Braden Fellinger and Preston Lawrence led the way as Pottsboro gave up just 165 yards — all on the ground — and the Cardinals clinched a playoff berth with a 20-6 victory against Commerce in District 6-2A (I) action on Friday night.

POTTSBORO — One week after yielding 61 points in an overtime win against Caddo Mills, seniors Braden Fellinger and Preston Lawrence led the way as Pottsboro gave up just 165 yards — all on the ground — and the Cardinals clinched a playoff berth with a 20-6 victory against Commerce in District 6-2A (I) action on Friday night.


Despite the windy conditions, the Cardinals, who continue to alternate quarterbacks, got touchdown passes from sophomore Zane Pritchett and junior Hunter Mullenix.


Pottsboro (7-1, 4-0) led off the scoring when Pritchett found sophomore receiver Nate Watson for a 22-yard touchdown pass.


Senior running back Bran Kelley put the Tigers (1-6, 0-3) on the board with 10 minutes remaining in the first half but the missed extra point attempt kept the Cardinals ahead.


Lawrence tackled Commerce quarterback Jaystin Wilson for a loss of seven yards, forcing the Tigers to punt with less than two minutes remaining. Fortunately for the Cardinals, Kelley’s punt was affected by the wind and the ball bounced back to the Commerce line of scrimmage, which was the 49-yard line.


After Thaddeus Flinn began the drive with a 15-yard run and a Commerce personal foul penalty kept the drive alive, Mullenix found senior receiver Kory Waller for a 38-yard score with just two seconds remaining in the half.


Hanging onto a 13-6 lead, Flinn and Pritchett helped the Cardinals control possession for 16 of the 24 minutes in the second half.


Flinn had a game-high 89 yards on 20 rushes while Pritchett, who found the end zone on a five-yard run midway through the fourth quarter, also ran for 76 yards on 16 carries.


Although Kelley and D’Lance Sharp managed to break open for big gains of 51 and 38 yards respectively, Commerce was stymied by Pottsboro when it mattered most.


Cardinals sophomore defensive back Zane Martinez had half a dozen tackles and a fumble recovery.


With its spot in the playoffs secure, Pottsboro continues toward a third consecutive district title when it visits Van Alstyne this week.


"I didn’t realize the weather was going to be like this, the wind was tough," Pottsboro head coach Matt Poe said. "We’re assured a playoff spot, but our goal is to win a district championship, so that’s what we’re after. We’re sitting right where we want to be."