In front of a packed house on homecoming night, the Commodores knocked off the visiting Tunica-Rosa Fort Lions 35-6.Lafayette’s defense set the tone early and never let the Lions (2-5 overall, 0-2 Region 2-4A) get into much of a rhythm offensively. The Lions actually had three consecutive possessions, spanning from the second to the third quarter, end in interceptions.
The Commodores (7-1, 2-0) immediately put the Lions on their heels, driving 69 yards on their first drive of the night and scoring on a 43-yard pass-and-catch from quarterback Brandon Mack to receiver D.K. Buford in single coverage.
After the two teams traded three-and-outs, Buford extended Lafayette’s lead to 14-0 on an 11-yard touchdown run seconds into the second quarter.
Later in the quarter, LHS linebacker Alec Michael recovered a Lion fumble deep in Rosa Fort territory and five plays later forced his way into the end zone from 1 yard out.
Midway through the third quarter Lafayette cornerback Tay Herod extended the lead when he pulled down an interception and returned it 60 yards down the Commodores’ sideline.
Running back Tavon Joiner capped Lafayette’s scoring at the 6:56 mark of the fourth quarter when he zig-zagged his way behind his blockers and into the end zone for a 6-yard score.
The Lions broke the shutout on the ensuing possession when Brandon Bryant connected with a wide-open Dontayvius Stapleton for a 25-yard score against Lafayette’s reserves.
LHS kicker Ryan Holland made all five of Lafayette’s extra point attempts.
Next up for Lafayette is a trip to New Albany next Friday.
Checkout Monday’s print edition of the Oxford EAGLE for a complete writeup of Friday’s festivities. (October 6, 2012)