Lafayette’s Jeremy Liggins and Demarkus Dennis highlighted the postseason awards and postseason teams that were selected recently in Class 4A.
Liggins, a junior, was named Player of the Year for the Region 2-4A team and the quarterback on the first team of the Mississippi Association of Coaches Class 4A team.
Dennis, also a junior, was named Offensive Player of the Year on the Region 2-4A team and first team running back on the MAC team. (December 8, 2010, Page 9)
Monday was a tough night on the pitch for the Lafayette soccer program. Both the Commodores and Lady Commodores got behind early and were unable to bounce back, as the boys lost 9-0 and the girls lost 5-1.
The key to the Warriors’ victory was capitalizing on odd-man chances.
More often than not Pontotoc’s boys were able to get consistent pressure on Lafayette’s defense and in doing so controlled the pace and flow of the game. (December 7, 2010, Page 8)
Ole Miss’ recruiting class got a boost of experience over the weekend with verbal commitments from three community college standouts.
On Sunday, safety Ivan Nicholas (5-foot-11, 195 pounds; ASA College), linebacker Otha Foster (6-2, 205; Pearl River C.C.) and cornerback Wesley Pendleton (5-11, 180; Copiah-Lincoln C.C.) each gave pledges to the Rebels, bumping their class size up to 22. (December 7, 2010, Page 9)
Oxford’s girls soccer team played two of the best teams in the state over the weekend and fared well in both games. The Lady Chargers lost 2-0 to Ridgeland and tied Gulfport 0-0. Ridgeland is the defending Class 5A champion, while Gulfport won its district last season in Class 6A. Emily Meadows had seven saves in the loss to Ridgeland and then had 11 saves in the tie against Gulfport. Oxford’s defense was led by Maia Cotelo. Allison Lyon, Eden Sandlin and Maggie Mitchell were credited with solid overall play, while Meredith Sanford led the offense. Both Oxford teams will return to action Friday against Lafayette.
The Lady Chargers will play LHS at Ole Miss at 5 p.m., while the Chargers play the Commodores at 7. (December 7, 2010, Page 9)
The Oxford Booster Club will be selling DVD’s of the 2010 OHS football season as well as clothing and accessories. OHS boys basketball coach Drew Tyler will be the guest speaker at the meeting that will be held in the Oxford Commons at 5:30 p.m., Thursday. (December 7, 2010, Page 9)
A season that started in the scorching heat of July culminated with a win in the MHSAA’s Class 4A state championship for the Lafayette Commodores Saturday evening at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Lafayette became the first school in the state to win 16 games in a season by knocking off North Pike 31-6 to capture the school’s first football state title.
Focus, dedication and desire were just three of the many intangibles the Commodores displayed on the field on a consistent basis this year, while an overpowering defense and offense, led by quarterback Jeremy Liggins and running back Demarkus Dennis, seemed to dispatch opponents with little trouble each week.
Saturday’s victory over the Jaguars epitomized how the Commodores won games all season. Liggins bullied his way through the Jaguars’ defense for three scores and 150 yards, while Dennis moved the chains with dazzling runs through the middle and outside of Lafayette’s formations. (December 6, 2010, Page 1B)
JACKSON — It was just a few minutes after the Lafayette Commodores won their first football state title in school history that coach Anthony Hart was asked where he felt his team ranked in the state. (more…) (December 6, 2010, Page 2B)
The Oxford Chargers lost 82-50 to Tupelo over the weekend despite 16 points from Justin Fondren. Luke Gibbs scored eight points for the Chargers (6-3), who trailed 35-21 at the half. Dee Ewing led 7-2 Tupelo with 17 points, while Rashaun Coleman added 16. Oxford’s girls remained perfect on the season with a win over the Lady Golden Wave. Both varsity teams will be back in action Tuesday at home against Charleston. Action begins with a ninth-grade boys game at 5 p.m. (December 6, 2010, Page 2B)
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