•Commerce’s coach: Marvin Justice (5-7 at Commerce, second year)
•East Jackson’s coach: Brian Smith (3-8 at East Jackson, second season; 99-80 overall, 18th season)
•Last week: Commerce 22, Jefferson 7; Banks County 46, East Jackson 30
•Series: first meeting
•What else: This is the inaugural meeting between these two schools located just four miles apart ... Commerce is coming off a 15-point win over rival Jefferson. That victory snapped a five-game losing streak for the Tigers in that rivalry ... East Jackson lost 46-30 to Banks County last week, breaking its three-year winning streak in that rivalry, but appeared to have found an offensive spark. Junior quarterback Austin Beauchamp threw for 276 yards and three touchdowns while he ran for 120 and added one score. Dreshun Upadhyay had 135 yards receiving and two touchdowns ... Commerce’s Jamal Browner is coming off a 160-yard performance against Jefferson. Terrick Ramsey had an 81-yard touchdown in the TIgers’ win over Jefferson ... East Jackson coach Brian Smith seeks his 100th win.
•What the coaches are saying:
— East Jackson coach Brian Smith on this year’s Commerce team:
“The biggest thing is that they are very physical on both sides of the football,” he said.
— Smith on the difference between Commerce and East Jackson:
“They’re a very established program and they’ve done some great things,” he said. “In a lot of ways, we’re still kind of the new kid on the block trying to find our way.”
— Commerce coach Marvin Justice on East Jackson:
“We aren’t going to change anything up too much,” Justice told The Commerce News. “East Jackson is a spread team like Jefferson. We probably won’t have to make too many adjustments because they are a similar team. They are a four-wideout and quarterback oriented offense, so we are going to do a lot of the same things we did last week. (Jefferson’s Bryant) Shirreffs is a great quarterback, and we thought we had a pretty good plan when it came to slowing him down, so we are going do a lot of the same things that we did last week.”