SHREVEPORT, La. — Lafayette’s goal to gain additional respect for its program and the state of Mississippi was accomplished on Saturday afternoon with a thrilling come-from-behind win over perennial power Evangel Christian Academy (Shreveport, La.) in the inaugural Battle on the Border High School Football Showcase.
Adjustments made on offense and defense ultimately made the biggest difference in the No. 1 Commodores earning the 35-34 win over the Eagles in the first of three games played at Independence Stadium, but Saturday’s win was also about rising to a challenge and good, old-fashioned smashmouth power. (more…) (September 12, 2011, Page 1B)
COLUMN: SHREVEPORT, La. — Doubters don’t bother Lafayette quarterback Jeremy Liggins. They never have and they likely never will. Liggins heard enough of the negative talk about his increased playing weight during the spring when he was a member of Lafayette’s baseball team.
He heard some more in the summer during 7-on-7 drills at South Panola and at O-Zone Classic tournament as he led the Commodores to a title. He’s even heard people doubt that he can play quarterback at the next level while he traveled around town. (more…) (September 12, 2011, Page 3B)
BLOG — SHREVEPORT, La. — Adjustments made at halftime on offense and defense ultimately led to the No. 1 Lafayette Commodores to a win over perennial power Evangel Christian Academy Saturday afternoon at Independence Stadium. (more…) (September 10, 2011)
The top-ranked football team in the state of Mississippi will meet one of the most highly regarded programs in the nation this Saturday in the inaugural Battle on the Border High School Football Showcase in Shreveport, La. (September 8, 2011, Page 6)
A faster start to the game is what Lafayette football coach Anthony Hart wanted to see from his team against Oxford Friday night in the annual Crosstown Classic. To the delight of Hart and the rest of his coaching staff, the message got through loud and clear.
The top-ranked Lafayette Commodores rolled to a 40-12 win over OHS at William L. Buford Stadium thanks in large part to their fast start on offense and special teams. (more…) (September 5, 2011, Page 1B)
COLUMN: It wasn’t long after Lafayette’s sixth-straight win over crosstown rival Oxford on Friday night that LHS coach Anthony Hart brought up the next big challenge for his team, Evangel Christian.
The No. 1 Commodores will be leaving the state for Shreveport, La., this Saturday to play in the “Battle on the Border,” a game that is all about bragging rights and school pride. Similar games have been played by the South Panola Tigers, as well as a few other programs from the state, in recent years in order to find out which state really has the best talent. (more…) (September 5, 2011, Page 3B)
Lafayette will begin its reign as the top-ranked team in the state of Mississippi against its biggest rival on Friday night. The annual Crosstown Classic will be played at William L. Buford Stadium this season and with the Commodores a prohibitive favorite to capture a sixth-straight win over the Chargers. (more…) (September 1, 2011, Page 6)
After spending 25-plus years around the high school game trying to attack opposing squads and coaching some championship-caliber teams of his own, his evaluation and thoughts on the sport are second to none.
So when Hill says the No. 1 ranked Lafayette Commodores are a great team with a ton of talent, and better than the one that won the Class 4A state title last year, it’s hard not to take notice. (September 1, 2011, Page 7)
GREENWOOD — Prior to the season, Lafayette coach Anthony Hart called Friday night’s matchup with Greenwood a “sandwich” game because it came in between the highly anticipated opener with Tupelo and the annual Crosstown Classic matchup with the Oxford Chargers.