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)
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)
Media reports that appeared over the weekend stating Lafayette quarterback Jeremy Liggins has enrolled at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College are premature, according to his former head coach, Anthony Hart.
Playing for Gulf Coast and coach Steve Campbell, instead of starting his career at LSU, is still just a possibility rather than a definite, Hart said. (June 18, 2012, Page 6)
The first high school football game may still be 64 days away, but area teams are already gearing up for the 2012 season through various passing leagues. The annual 7-on-7 workouts at Oxford High School were supposed to have started the first Monday in June, but rain the past two weeks postponed the first set of games at Bobby Holcomb Field until this past Wednesday.
Two Oxford teams competed against Water Valley, Marshall Academy, Charleston and Potts Camp in the late afternoon trying to get the rust off and in some sort of shape heading into the annual O-Zone Classic 7-on-7 tournament this weekend at FNC Park. (June 14, 2012, Page 7)
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)
The following is Friday’s round robin schedule for the 2012 O-Zone Classic 7-on-7 football tournament held at FNC Park. Saturday the teams will begin the double-elimination portion of the tournament: (more…) (June 12, 2012, Page 9)
A season full of hard work, and one that was filled with great memories for the Lafayette Commodores, was celebrated one last time Wednesday in the LHS gym. The championship rings, that will be worn adoringly by the players, support staff and coaches for years to come, were handed out at a ceremony that also included lunch from Chick-Fil-A.
Anthony Hart, who led the Commodores to 32 straight wins and back-to-back Class 4A titles before becoming the school’s new athletics director, talked about how it felt to host the ceremony again. (March 29, 2012, Page 7)
LSU football coach Les Miles wasn’t on the Square on Monday night when his newest quarterback signee, Lafayette’s Jeremy Liggins, made it public that he was going to be a Tiger. But the veteran coach who won the 2007 BCS championship and this year’s Southeastern Conference title said Wednesday during his post signing day press conference that he gained even more respect for Liggins for how he announced his decision. (February 2, 2012, Page 6)