BLOG: AMORY — A dominating effort on defense and some hard-nosed runs by Jamel Dennis were just two of the many reasons the Lafayette Commodores won the MHSAA’s Class 4A North Half title again this year.LHS advanced to Jackson to play in the 4A state championship game for the third straight time Friday night by defeating Amory 35-7. The victory was the Commodores’ 31st in a row and third straight win in the 4A North Half title game. LHS, last year’s champion in 4A, won Friday’s showdown with the 11-4 Panthers by pressuring standout quarterback Forest Williams all night long.
The Commodores sacked Williams seven times in the victory and held the nation’s second ranked passer, who was averaging over 400 yards per game through the air, to just 193 yards on 19-for-40 passing.
While offensive stars such as quarterback Jeremy Liggins and Demarkous Dennis were held to a combined 75 yards rushing in the game, the Commodores never trailed in the contest as they made more than enough plays when they needed to.
Lafayette led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter and was ahead 21-0 at the half thanks to two short rushing touchdowns from Jamel Dennis and a 21-yard scoring run by D.K. Buford. Amory got as close as 14 points (21-7) when Willliams led his team on a 97-yard scoring march that was capped with a 7-yard touchdown toss to Dario Robinson at the 6:56 mark of the third quarter.
LHS answered the threat by scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the first on a 36-yard run by Jamel Dennis and a the final score coming on a 20-yard pass play from Liggins to Brandon Mack with just over 10 minutes left in the contest.
The Commodores will now play Laurel, which defeated Quitman Friday night, in the 4A title game Dec. 3 in Jackson at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. (November 26, 2011)