CORINTH — It has been almost 20 years since the Lafayette Commodores and the Corinth Warriors met on the gridiron. The two split the only two games in the series in 1993 and 1994. Friday night marked the rubber match.
Twenty years later, the tie was broken, in favor of the Commodores. Coming off a tough loss to Tupelo last week, the Commodores were in need of a bounce-back win. Corinth was riding the momentum of a 28-0 win over Kossuth. Only one team would leave satisfied.
Thanks to much improved defense and three touchdowns by senior D.K. Buford, Lafayette (1-1) came away the victor with a 28-12 victory over the Warriors (1-1).
Special team miscues plagued the Commodores yet again Friday. A mishandled punt return led to a safety, putting Lafayette down 2-0 early, while Corinth had a 91-yard kick off return for a touchdown in the second quarter.
Although Lafayette still struggled in areas, coach Eric Robertson felt much better about his squad Friday night, than he did a week earlier.
“Again had some special team mistakes. Again, two weeks in a row. But, we came back the second half and overcame it. That’s what we didn’t do against Tupelo. We overcame these mistakes, and just proud of the way the kids finished tonight,” Robertson said.
Lafayette quarterback Devon Thomas finished the evening with two touchdowns, including a 60-yard bomb to Buford in the second quarter.
Look for more on this game in Monday’s print edition of the Oxford Eagle. (August 31, 2013)