BY BRANDON SPECK
CORINTH – Lafayette athlete D.K. Buford has a target on his back. But you have to catch him to hit the target.
“He gets loose from time to time,” said Corinth coach Doug Jones, whose Warriors lost against Buford and Lafayette 28-12 Friday. “He’s a good football player, obviously one of the best players in the area and we respect that.
“When they get some push, he’s pretty good. If you’re going to contain him, you need to make sure you have fresh legs on defense.”
Better have fresh – and quick – legs. Buford made headlines last summer when he ran a 4.22 at the Tupelo Combine. Soon after, he committed to Ole Miss.
Buford and the Commodores are determined to make the most of his senior season before he heads down the road to the Rebels.
Buford rushed for 830 yards and 12 touchdowns last season for the back-to-back Class 4A champs. He also had 398 yards receiving and four more scores as the ’Dores were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by eventual champ Noxubee County.
All over the place
Friday, he started the game at quarterback before shifting back to the backfield. He had 166 all-purpose yards, 60 of them on a touchdown pass and 15 on a run into the end zone with Warriors hanging on.
“We just want to be able to move him around in the offense,” Lafayette coach Eric Robertson said. “A lot of defenses key in on D.K.”
He knows that, too.
Defenses target the run, but he’s as willing to get rid of the ball as he is to playing anywhere the team needs him. Having play-making teammates helps that cause. Robertson noted that fortune Friday. Tyrell Price had another 74 yards rushing in the win.
“Most of the time, the defense really keys in on me,” Buford said. “So we’re going to have to do a little bit of passing with me as well to keep the defenses off of me.”