The Lafayette Commodores gave the crowd something to cheer about on homecoming as they dominated the New Albany Bulldogs 44-7 Friday night at William L. Buford Stadium.
It was a night of firsts for the Commodores as they notched their first home victory of the season as well as their first win in Region 2-A play.
“It just all kind of came together for us tonight. We’ve been waiting for this night,” Lafayette head coach Eric Robertson said. “It seems like we hadn’t caught a break all year and hadn’t executed some plays that we ran. We executed those tonight. People stepped up and made big plays.”
Senior D.K. Buford was the first to make a big play and it didn’t take very long for it to happen. On the third snap of the game, Buford broke through the Bulldog defense and sprinted 73 yards for the touchdown. Buford’s night was only getting started as he had four touchdowns overall: two rushing, one receiving and one on special teams.
At the start of the second half, New Albany fumbled the kickoff return. Buford was in the right place at the right time, scooping up the loose ball and running it in for the score. Lafayette quarterback Devon Thomas had a solid performance. Thomas threw three touchdowns to three different receivers. The shortest pass was a 33-yard strike to a wide open Buford late in the first quarter.
“(Thomas) made some good throws. The line protected for him. Receivers made some good catches. D.K. had a long one. Rashun Rockette had a long one. It just all worked well for us tonight.” Robertson said.
Sophomore running back Tyrell Price was the third receiver to catch a touchdown. His was a 54-yard scamper after catching a short pass from Thomas on the first play of the second quarter.
New Albany was shut out for most of the game. Their only score came with less than three minutes remaining in the game. The Commodore defense put pressure on New Albany all night and kept them in third-and-long situations often.
“The defense played well. The coaches did a great job getting them prepared. We’ve had some tough losses. I’m just really proud how they battled back.” Robertson said.
Lafayette will travel to Senatobia next Friday.
Look for more in the Monday edition of the Oxford Eagle. (October 19, 2013)