Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen’s arrival to Friday night’s game at William L. Buford Stadium via helicopter wasn’t enough to distract the No. 1 Lafayette Commodores from their mission of winning in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.
Playing more like a junior college football team rather than one composed of a bunch of 15-, 16- and 17-year-old kids, the Commodores had no trouble dispatching the Leake Central Gators 46-7.
LHS (12-0 overall) was near flawless again against an opponent that really only hoped to not get beat too bad on the scoreboard. The Commodores scored 25 of their 46 points in the first quarter and by the time Mullen had circled the field and actually got out of his helicopter in order to watch LHS quarterback Jeremy Liggins do his thing, Liggins was already into the end zone for the first of two rushing scores on the night.
Lafayette’s defense was as much the story as the offense was in the opener. Not only did the unit hold the Gators to negative 48 yards on the ground, they recorded two safeties in the first quarter and set up the offense with great field position to score short touchdowns. (November 7, 2011, Page 3B)