The Lafayette Commodores opened up Region 2-4A play Friday night as they welcomed the undefeated Ripley Tigers to William L. Buford Staidum. The Tigers would keep the zero in the loss column for another week as they defeated Lafayette 38-21.
It was a back and forth game until late in the third quarter when the 7-0 Tigers took control for good.
“Football is a game of momentum. They got it and we took it back. Then they got it and it we took it back. Then they got it and kept it,” Lafayette head coach Eric Robertson said. “We never could get the momentum back or make a play. I thought we had opportunities. We just shot ourselves in the foot.”
Things were looking up for the Commodores (3-4, 0-1) , who are still in search of their first home win of the season, as they took a 21-14 lead into the half. The second half was a different story as the Ripley defense stiffened up and shutout the Lafayette offense.
The Tiger offense was pumping on all cylinders as senior quarterback Dalton James was a thorn in the Commodores’ side both on the ground and through the air. James threw two touchdown and rushed for two scores.
Lafayette quarterback, junior Devon Thomas, had a solid first half. Thomas threw two touchdowns in the game: a 20-yard pass to junior wide receiver Landon Busby in the first quarter and a 60-yard strike to senior running back D.K. Buford late in the second quarter.
Special teams came up big for the Commodores as they blocked a punt deep in Ripley territory in the first half. Senior Kewuan Owens scooped up the ball and ran it in for a score.
Things do not get any easier for the Commodores as they travel to Rosa Fort next week where they have struggled at times. Look for more in Monday’s print edition of The Oxford EAGLE.
(October 5, 2013)