SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Lafayette is headed back to Jackson for a second shot at winning a state title. Led by another dominating performance on defense, the Lafayette Commodores captured their second straight Class 4A North Half title Friday night with a 20-0 win over Noxubee County in Macon.The No. 1 ranked Commodores set a new school record for wins in a season (15) with the victory as well as punched their ticket to a date with North Pike, which defeated Mendenhall 20-0 in 4A South Half title game Friday night, in the state title game Dec. 4 at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Coliseum. LHS coach Anthony Hart said he was proud of his team for another great accomplishment, but there was still one last goal to obtain.
“You just want to win by one in this game. The score is irrelevant. I felt like last year we were slapping each other on the back and we were happy to be there, but I guarantee it’s not going to be like that this year,” Hart said. “We’re going down there to win a state championship. That was our goal from day one. We only had one goal for this football and that was to win the state championship.”
LHS held Noxubee County (13-2) to just 30 yards in the first half and never let the Tigers get any closer to scoring than its 27-yard line in the second half. The Commodores got on the board in the first half with two field goals by Tyler Jackson and then tacked on two touchdowns in the second half. The first came on a 56-yard pass from quarterback Jeremy Liggins to Ontario Phllips midway through the third quarter while the final score came on a 3-yard run by Jamel Dennis with 9:35 left in the contest. (November 27, 2010)