BLOG — Eight weeks into the season, the Lafayette Commodores were 3-5. Seven weeks later, they are headed back to Jackson.
After a year hiatus, the Lafayette Commodores are headed back to play for the MHSAA Class 4A state championship thanks to a 42-19 win over Cleveland Friday night in the north half title game. The Commodores (10-5 overall) have now won seven straight games, including four in the playoffs. LHS, which won back-to-back titles in 201o and 2011, have won four of the last five 4A North Half title games, and all of them on the road.
The Commodores never trailed in Friday’s contest, scoring on their first three drives to take command. LHS only ran 17 plays on offense in the first half but 13 went for first downs. The Commodores totaled 213 yards on those 17 plays and scored 28 points in the process.
With standout D.K. Buford out of the lineup, quarterback Devon Thomas picked up the slack. He had his best game of the season, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another in the opening period. He also added a 30-yard scoring run in the third quarter to put the Commodores up 35-19.
His effort, coupled with another solid, if not spectacular, showing from the defense enabled the Commodores to not worry about the final outcome. Below is a post-game speech made by LHS coach Eric Robertson to his team.
(November 30, 2013)