Lafayette’s football team has always been about family. Throughout the program’s history, family members have been playing for the red and gold in the hopes of carrying on a tradition that has been set years prior.
This year’s group of Commodores is no different as brothers Jamel and Demarkus Dennis support one another on the field in the attempt to make LHS a better team.
Demarkus, the team’s leading running back, and Jamel, the team’s leading tackler at linebacker, have combined to make a formidable tandem for opposing teams to try and slow down each Friday night. (September 3, 2010, Page 9A)
Six weeks after being hired to his first head coaching position since high school, Vanderbilt’s Robbie Caldwell is ready to lead a team through the tunnel and on to the field Saturday night. All Caldwell is hoping for is not to trip and take out his Commodores before they can begin play against Northwestern. (September 3, 2010, Page 9A)
It may be a while before Derek Dooley can revive the Tennessee Volunteers into a championship contender, but he is trying and doing everything he can to make it happen sooner rather than later.
Dooley was hired from Louisiana Tech in January to clean up the mess left by former coach Lane Kiffin. The Volunteers may have gone 7-6 overall last year, but the way Kiffin departed, and the amount of damage he did to the program’s reputation in recruiting with the NCAA, left many feeling like the Volunteers were a sub .500 team. (September 3, 2010, Page 9A)
But for the past two seasons, Ole Miss receiver Melvin Harris remained hidden — whether because of depth at the position or an inability to “put it all together” — at the end of the Rebels’ sideline waiting for mopup duty.
At some point during the offseason the Buford, Ga., native finally began to put it all together and on Saturday the redshirt sophomore will make his first career start when the Rebels host Jacksonville State at 2:30 p.m.
For Harris, finally getting his shot against the opposition’s best has been a long time coming. (September 3, 2010, Page 10A)
The Lady Commodores volleyball squad continued their winning ways on Thursday, picking up a 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-16) victory over Senatobia at home. The win improves Lafayette to 8-2 on the season.
Next up for Lafayette is a trip to Lewisburg on Tuesday. (September 3, 2010, Page 10A)
The Volleys got their Oxford Park Commission Junior Team Tennis league off to a good start with a 3-1 victory over the Spinners on Thursday.
Earning wins for the Volleys were Sadie Wilson and Ally Shinall in singles matches, and the duo of Will Carter and Austin Haynes in the No. 2 doubles match. The Spinners tandem of Jimmy Green and Anne Hardy won the No. 1 doubles match. (September 3, 2010, Page 10A)
Tomorrow is the day both Oxford and Lafayette fans have been looking forward to for months, the Crosstown Classic.
And as such, today’s EAGLE sports section reflects that. (more…) (September 2, 2010)
If there is a weakness in the Oxford Chargers lineup, then Lafayette coach Anthony Hart has yet to find it. The veteran coach and leader of the No. 1 team in Class 4A said his team’s opponent on Friday night is strong on both sides of the ball, especially on the defensive line. (September 2, 2010, Page 6)
The Crosstown Classic: What a great week for the players, fans and coaches of both schools. It’s a time for everyone who has ever attended Lafayette or Oxford to reflect on their memories of this most important game of the year.
I can certainly remember my senior year of football at Lafayette in 1977 and all the emotions that the week entailed leading up to the game. I remember a very descriptive letter supposedly from the Oxford players strategically placed on the wall in the field house that detailed how they were going to have a lot more fun on Friday night than we were. I must say that even at 17, I was less intimidated than amused. I can remember smiling, wondering which coach was responsible for engineering such a motivating tactic. (September 2, 2010, Page 6)
In Calhoun City, they’ve been running the Wildcat for years — his name is J.R. Jennings.
The senior is a do-it-all quarterback for the Wildcats that can burn teams in any number of ways. (September 2, 2010, Page 6)
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