BLOG — JACKSON — Lafayette’s dominance on the football field the past two seasons continued Saturday evening with a 39-29 win over Laurel in the MHSAA’s Class 4A state title game.LHS capped another perfect season and won its 32nd straight game overall with the triumph over the Tornadoes (13-2 overall) at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. Led by the running of quarterback Jeremy Liggins and Demarkous Dennis, the Commodores jumped out to a 16-0 lead on Laurel in the first half and never looked back.
With Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzhan looking on, Liggins finished the game with 111 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries, while Dennis tacked on 193 yards and three rushing touchdowns on 17 carries. Dennis scored on touchdown runs of 83 and 80 yards in the second half. His 80-yard run at the 10:07 mark of the fourth quarter put LHS ahead 39-21 and came 13 seconds after Laurel quarterback Dontreal Pruitt hit Justin Mack on an 80-yard touchdown toss.
Lafayette finished the game with 414 total yards while holding Laurel to just 72 yards on the ground. Lafayette’s defense also caused four turnovers in the win.
Liggins said Saturday’s win was “bittersweet” because it was his last game in an LHS uniform.
“This win feels great and I look to these guys to keep it going. We’re trying to be another South Panola. Good luck to these guys (next year) because without them, we wouldn’t have a team,” Liggins said. “Everybody worked together. I think we’re leaving a pretty good legacy, but these guys have a lot to look up to. I look forward to seeing them in the future. We want to keep this tradition going.”
For more about Lafayette’s win, see Monday’s Sports section. (December 3, 2011)