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)
The Bears dispatched Houston 42-26 in their season opener last week and Hart said that they have a lot of talent on both sides of the ball. (August 26, 2010, Page 6)
Lafayette’s Jeremy Liggins took home the season’s first EAGLE Player of the Week honor after leading his Commodores past Cleveland 48-12 on Friday night.
Not only was Liggins effective through the air, completing 9 of 15 passes for 117 yards, but he also rushed for 140 yards and three scores on just 10 carries. (August 24, 2010, Page 6)
When talking to Lafayette’s coaches, the phrase sluggish was used several times to describe the squad’s performance despite limiting Pontotoc to just 15 yards of total offense.
Such is life as the defending Class 4A North Half Champion. (August 16, 2010, Page 6)
Lafayette’s final full football practice before Friday’s jamboree against Pontotoc provided some mixed results for the Commodores Wednesday. The nearly two-hour practice wasn’t the sharpest the team has looked the first three weeks, but it wasn’t necessarily a warning sign that the team is regressing. (August 12, 2010, Page 2B)
Demarkus Dennis, like quarterback Jeremy Liggins, is no longer a well-kept secret on the Lafayette Commodores football squad. In fact, the talented duo will be drawing the lion’s share of attention from defenses this season.
Last year Dennis began the season as senior Sam Booker’s backup. But after several weeks, it was clear that the Commodores weren’t going to be able to keep Dennis off the field.
Not only was he juking his way through opposing defenses, but he was also rushing his way up Lafayette’s depth chart, finishing with 1,151 yards and 11 touchdowns. (August 6, 2010, Page 6A)
Lafayette won the school’s first team powerlifting title Saturday at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson thanks to five outstanding performances.
In a meet that came down to the final deadlift, the Commodores captured the MHSAA’s Class 4A state title by a single point. LHS totaled 24 points on the day, one better than Itawamba AHS and two better than third-place finisher Columbia. (April 19, 2010, Page 1B)