While the gridiron Commodores remain a heavy favorite Friday when they host Senatobia at 7 p.m., coach Anthony Hart has been preparing his team this week for a battle at William L. Buford Stadium.
The Warriors enter the Region 2-4A matchup with a 4-2 record and are fresh off of lopsided victories over Byhalia and North Panola. Senatobia should also be fresh coming off of a bye week. (October 7, 2010, Page 6)
For the first time since the weekly honor initially donned the pages of the Oxford EAGLE last season, there’s a Co-Player of the Week.
Because one heroic play would not have been made possible without the other, both Alex Robles and Des Hervey have been named this week’s Player of the Week.
Water Valley’s kicker and cornerback/receiver came up big at the end of Friday’s 23-20 victory over Nettleton.
With the game tied 20-20, Robles, recently called up to the varsity from the eighth grade team, booted a 25-yard field goal to go ahead.
Four plays later, Hervey swooped around the right side of Nettleton’s protection and blocked what would have been a game-tying field goal to secure the Blue Devils’ victory. (October 5, 2010, Page 8)
Lafayette’s march towards a second-straight Region 2-4A title continued with another dominating performance on both sides of the ball Friday night. The No. 1 Commodores had their way from the start with the North Panola Cougars in a game that eventually turned into a one-sided 49-0 win.
LHS (7-0 overall, 3-0 Region 2-4A) has only been challenged for a half in its three region games so far this season, a fact that means the Commodores are actually playing more against themselves than the opponent on the field each week. (October 4, 2010, Page 5B)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — A strong running game and another solid defensive performance keyed the Lafayette Commodores in their one-sided Region 2-4A win over North Panola Friday night. (more…) (October 2, 2010)
The junior rushed for 187 yards and four scores in Lafayette’s Region 2-4A showdown. As a result, Dennis was named the EAGLE’s Player of the Week for the first time this season. (September 28, 2010, Page 6)
The Lafayette Commodores’ star players on offense, Jeremy Liggins and Demarkus Dennis, performed exceptionally well in front of a large, raucous Homecoming crowd Friday night at William L. Buford Stadium. Liggins and Dennis combined for seven touchdowns as the Commodores smashed the Byhalia Indians 52-0 in the Region 2-4A contest.
LHS coach Anthony Hart was very pleased with his team’s overall performance in the one-sided win. (September 27, 2010, Page 3B)
Lopsided doesn’t even begin to describe Lafayette’s 52-0 win over Region 2-4A foe Byhalia Friday night. Homecoming was very special for the Commodores as they routed the Indians to improve to 6-0 on the year. (more…) (September 25, 2010)
Two valuable lessons about being prepared at the start of a game and not underestimating an opposing team were the big things the Lafayette Commodores took away from their 42-24 win over Center Hill Friday night.
A slow start by the normally reliable LHS defense resulted in 17 first-half points for the Mustangs, while the overall execution of the Commodores, a group that usually has no trouble putting teams away early, was only enhanced for the future.
For coach Anthony Hart, the win, which improved the Commodores to 5-0 on the year overall and 1-0 in Region 2-4A play, turned out to be a good test for his team. (September 20, 2010, Page 4B)
Lafayette’s drive to return to Jackson to play in the Class 4A state title game again started four weeks ago in Cleveland. But another more important part of that journey begins this week for the Commodores with the start of Region 2-4A play.
Without wins in the region, there is no appearance in the playoffs and without the playoffs, there can be no return to Jackson.
The Commodores enter as the favorite to win the region and while it’s highly unlikely that they will lose a game based on their talent level and the way they have played so far, coach Anthony Hart has stressed the importance of taking each game one at time and focusing on doing things right. If not, Hart said, the consequences will be losses, especially this Friday night against a much improved Center Hill team. (September 16, 2010, Page 6)
Junior Stan Ivy came up big for Oxford in its first road test of the season last Friday.
Facing a tough Senatobia team, Ivy not only caught two touchdown passes of 20 and 40 yards, but he also returned the opening kickoff of the second half 86 yards for his third touchdown of the game.
The emergence of Ivy as a game changer — he finished the game with 186 all-purpose yards — has been more than a welcomed development for senior quarterback Guy Cameron Billups.
Prior to the season, Billups said that Ivy would be a good complement to an offense that already had tall targets in DeShaun McNeal and Larry Pettis.
He was right. (September 14, 2010, Page 6)