BLOG: It seems odd, but after last week’s blowout win against Duval Charter (Jacksonville, Fla.), the Lafayette Commodores needed Friday night’s battle against Shannon at William L. Buford Stadium prior to the start of region play.
Paced by four interceptions and a fourth-quarter strip, Lafayette outlasted the Red Raiders 44-25.
Colby Terrell led Lafayette’s secondary with two interceptions, while Tay Herod and Brandon Mack also picked off SHS quarterback Devan Gilleylen.
Clinging to a nine-point lead with just over six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Chequille Williams, Lafayette’s hero from its season-opening win against Tupelo, came up big once again.
This time, after Gilleylen had completed a 12-yard pass around midfield, Williams stripped the Red Raider receiver as he bounced off of three Lafayette defenders.
Lafayette (4-1 overall) promptly scored three plays later on a 28-yard run by Tavon Joiner to put the game out of reach 41-25.
The regulars factored into Lafayette’s scoring on the night.
D.K. Buford scored on runs of 8 and 6 yards; Mack scored on runs of 29 and 4 yards and also completed a 34-yard touchdown strike to Herod to open the night’s scoring.
Kicker Casey Vaughn also converted a 34-yard field goal in the final minute of the game to cap the night’s scoring.
Lafayette returns to action Sept. 21 at Pontotoc.
For a complete writeup of Friday’s game, see Monday’s print edition of the Oxford EAGLE.
(September 15, 2012)