Fans, parents and members of the community who want to commemorate the Lafayette Commodores’ 2011 MHSAA Class 4A state title can do so through two special offers. (December 27, 2011, Page 8)
There were a lot reasons why the Lafayette Commodores finished the season ranked No. 1 overall in the state and with a second straight MHSAA Class 4A state title trophy to put on display. A bevy of talented players and a very organized coaching staff are at the top of the list of reasons why the Commodores reeled off another 16-0 season, but leadership provided by key players was also a major reason for the immense success. (more…) (December 20, 2011, Page 1B)
An opportunity to take on a bigger role with Lafayette High School athletics was something Anthony Hart couldn’t pass up. Hart, who helped lead the Commodores to two straight MHSAA Class 4A state football titles, has left his post as the team’s head coach to take on his new role as athletics director for the school district. (December 9, 2011, Page 6A)
A night before winning the Home Depot Coach of the Year award at the annual Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards show, LSU coach Les Miles was here in Lafayette County recruiting himself a new quarterback to help lead the Tigers in the future. (December 9, 2011, Page 6A)
Lafayette’s 16-0 record garnered them a final ranking of No. 1 in the final prep football poll released by the Associated Press Wednesday. LHS received five votes for No. 1, while Olive Branch, who won the 6A title, also claimed five votes to finish in a tie with the Commodores as the top team in the state. (more…) (December 8, 2011, Page 6)
JACKSON — About 30 seconds after Lafayette wrapped up its second straight MHSAA Class 4A state title at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium, head coach Anthony Hart embraced his youngest son Derek with a huge bear hug.
The moment may have only lasted a few seconds, but the memory of winning yet another title will be cherished forever by Hart, his family and all the LHS supporters who were on hand to watch the contest. (more…) (December 5, 2011, Page 1B)
JACKSON — Can Lafayette win a third straight Class 4A state title and keep intact a winning streak that has now reached 32 games? Those were the two big questions every reporter who watched Saturday’s MHSAA Class 4A state title game was asking following the Commodores’ 39-29 win over Laurel.
LHS coach Anthony Hart and his players who are returning for 2012 all had a positive frame of mind when giving answers. Even though the team is losing 17 seniors, there is a belief that LHS could return to play in the title game again and keep the program atop the Class 4A ranks. (December 5, 2011, Page 1B)
There are favorites – think Lafayette Commodores – and there are underdogs – think Hugh Freeze in the search for a new Ole Miss football coach – who both win as they did this past weekend. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the LHS success story as well as the quick move up the coaching ladder by Freeze. (December 5, 2011, Page 4A)
Experience is something the Lafayette Commodores have on their side heading into Saturday’s MHSAA Class 4A state title game in Jackson’s Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. Not only will this be the third time in a row LHS has played for a state title on the same field, 13 seniors were starters back in 2009 when the team played against St. Stanislaus. (December 2, 2011, Page 6A)
Lafayette advanced back to the MHSAA’s Class 4A title game Saturday in Jackson by defeating Amory 35-7 in the North Half title game. It was the third straight win in that game for the Commodores, who also became the only reigning state champion team to get back to Jackson in 2011. (more…) (December 1, 2011, Page 6)