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Forrest Co. downs LHS, 21-6, for 4A crown

BLOG — Lafayette’s magical late-season run came up one win shy of another state championship.

The Commodores fell to Forrest Co. AHS, 21-6, in the MHSAA Class 4A state championship game Saturday afternoon at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson. Lafayette, which had won seven straight games after a 3-5 start to earn their spot in the title game, was looking for its third championship in the last four seasons.

“Hats off to them, Forrest County,” Lafayette coach Eric Robertson said. “They’re a good football team, but I’m really proud of our guys. We fought. Just sad we came up a little bit short.”

Lafayette RB Tyrell Price (89) and QB Devon Thomas (88) combined for 177 yards on the ground, but that accounted for nearly all of the Commodores’ offense. Lafayette (10-6) finished with 219 total yards and only mustered a pair of first-half field goals from Ryan Holland (38 and 30 yards). The Commodores held the 6-0 lead into the second quarter but were outscored 21-0 the rest of the way.

The Aggies took the lead for good with a pair of touchdowns in the final nine minutes of the first half. QB Carter Hankins found WR Corey Husband for a 7-yard touchdown for Forrest County’s first score before Hankins used his legs to run in from 2 yards out on the final play of the half to give the Aggies a 14-6 lead at the break.

Forrest County, which piled up 311 yards on 60 plays, added on early in the third quarter when Hankins connected with RB Dontavian Lee for a 15-yard TD. Lafayette also had a pair of touchdowns negated by penalties.

  (December 7, 2013)

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