SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Lafayette continued its march toward its first state title in football Friday with a 35-0 win over New Albany in the third round of the Class 4A playoffs.The Commodores improved to 14-0 with the win over the previously unbeaten Bulldogs (13-1), who entered Friday’s game averaging 37 points per contest. LHS used three interceptions from quarterback Tyler Basil to build a 21-0 lead at the half. The Commodores scored on drives that lasted just 16, 12 and 26 yards in the opening period of play, while the first two scores came directly off Basil’s interceptions.
LHS quarterback Jeremy Liggins had a big night in the win as he rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two more. His first score rushing came on a 14-yard run with 58 seconds left in the first quarter, while he added on his second rushing TD of the evening at the 9:43 mark of the second period on an 8-yard run. Both of his passing TDs came in the second half.
Commodore running back Demarkus Dennis didn’t score in Friday’s game, but he was able to eclipse the 2,000 yard rushing plateau in the win.
Friday’s win advances the Commodores to a meeting with Noxubee County next Friday on the road for the right to play in the 4A state title game in Jackson. (November 20, 2010)