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Eric Robertson

LHS starts Robertson Era off right

Leave it to the Lafayette Commodores to win a dramatic defensive struggle in Eric Robertson’s head coaching debut. Sparked by an early interception returned for a touchdown by linebacker Chequille Williams, the Commodores scratched and clawed their way to an 8-3 win at William L. Buford Stadium on Friday. It was the 33rd straight win for LHS and the first for Robertson, who served the team the previous seven seasons as defensive coordinator. (more…) (August 20, 2012, Page 1B)

Friday Night’s Lights: 2012 season opens tonight

It’s hard to believe but actual football will be played today across the state of Mississippi.
Locally, Lafayette, Oxford and Water Valley will get their seasons underway with big-time aspirations in mind. (August 17, 2012, Page 6A)

‘Dores make adjustments heading into opener

Lafayette is still a few weeks away from officially starting to defend its Class 4A state championship with the start of region play. But the Commodores can keep their 32-game winning streak going starting with the season opener Friday. LHS will host Class 6A Tupelo at William L. Buford Stadium beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Friday will be the first game under new coach Eric Robertson, who served as defensive coordinator for the Commodores the past seven years and helped come up with a plan that produced a 40-11 win over the Golden Wave last year. Unfortunately for Robertson and his staff, there was no film to watch of Tupelo’s jamboree to prepare for the opener. (August 16, 2012, Page 1B)

LHS offense, defense produces big plays

SOUTHAVEN — Lafayette’s dress rehearsals before the season opener Friday at home against Tupelo produced mostly positive results. The Commodores defeated both Southaven and Lake Cormorant 7-0 in two jamboree scrimmages thanks to great plays turned in by the defense and steady offensive plays led by quarterback Brandon Mack and running back D.K. Buford. (more…) (August 13, 2012, Page 7)

Commodores looking to build in jamboree

An opportunity to build on the first two weeks of camp against two different sets of players is what the Lafayette Commodores have to look forward to in Friday’s jamboree at Southaven.

Lafayette’s varsity will play the Southaven Chargers in one 20-minute quarter and then finish the evening with a quarter against Lake Cormorant. In between the varsity action, Lafayette’s junior varsity will take on Southaven.

Friday will be the second scrimmage for the Commodores, who held a dress rehearsal of sorts this past Saturday. (August 9, 2012, Page 4B)

Robertson’s debut practice goes as planned

Lafayette’s initial football practice under first-year head coach Eric Robertson came and went just like he thought it would Monday morning. The plan he crafted prior was completed in its entirety, while some cooler-than-expected temperatures and cloud cover allowed the team’s former defensive coordinator to work his team that much longer. (July 31, 2012, Page 6)

It’s go time: Practices begin Monday for teams

A summer of hard work is about to turn into true practices for area high school football teams. With the season opener three weeks away, Lafayette, Oxford and Water Valley will begin practices for the 2012 season Monday. In Lafayette’s case, the first practice under first-year coach Eric Robertson comes Monday morning at 8. (July 27, 2012, Page 6A)

LHS, OHS getting into passing condition

Leave it to Oxford and Lafayette to add a splash of drama to a summer tournament.

The two football squads capped this weekend’s third annual O-Zone Classic 7-on-7 tournament with a championship game that went down to the last play. (June 18, 2012, Page 6)

Hart puts perfect ending on coaching career

Hollywood couldn’t have scripted it any better.

This past season the Lafayette Commodores entered the year as the Class 4A favorites, ripped through the school’s toughest schedule in years, earned a national ranking for the first time in program history and then, to cap it all off, knocked around South representative Laurel for a second consecutive state title. (more…) (June 13, 2012, Page 7)

Lafayette’s Buford turns heads at combine

Signing fast players has been the main objective of coaches in the Southeastern Conference for years.
Athletes that can change the momentum of a contest in the blink of an eye are highly coveted every signing class and it’s very unlikely that will ever change. (more…) (June 1, 2012, Page 7A)

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