It was another MHSAA Class 4A playoff game and another strong defensive performance for the Lafayette Commodores, who shutout the visitng Noxubee County Tigers 9-0 Friday night at William L. Buford Stadium.
The Commodores extended their winning streak to six with the victory in the third round and advance to the 4A North Half title game for the first time since playing in three straight from 2009-11.
“When you go into a game with (Lafayette) and Noxubee, it’s always the same type of game. A defensive struggle,” Lafayette head coach Eric Robertson said. “Both want to run the football. Our defense came out and played great the whole game. Offense played well enough to move the ball and get points.”
It was the Tyrell Price show Firday night for Lafayette. The sophomore running back was the Commodores’ weapon of choice rushing 29 times. Lafayette only threw the ball five times the entire game.
“We wanted to run the ball and run the ball. That’s kind of the formula to beating Noxubee. Last week Ripley threw four or five interceptions. If you put it in the air against those guys they’ll get you off the field in a hurry,” Roberston said. “We wanted to run the football and that was the game plan. The coaches did a good job sticking to it.”
Junior kicker Ryan Holland gave Lafayette their first points with a 27-yard field goal in the first quarter. Lafayette quarterback Devon Thomas added to that lead late in the fourth quarter with a 18-yard pass to tight end Hunter Stewart.
The defense put up a zero on the scoreboard in as many weeks. They have allowed only 12 points the entire postseason.
“Defensive coaches are doing a good job of preparing the kids. The kids are focused and paying attention at practice. They’ve just matured. This is the fourteenth game of the year and they’ve gotten better,” Robertson said.
Lafayette will play for the 4A North State Championship against Cleveland in Cleveland next Friday night.
Look for more in the Monday edition of The Oxford Eagle. (November 23, 2013)