OXFORD – Early on it looked like Lafayette County’s streak in the Crosstown Classic might come to an end.
But the Commodores scored 31 unanswered points from an early two-touchdown deficit to post a 31-21 victory Friday.
Quarterback Jeremy Liggins threw a pair of touchdown passes and scored on a 1-yard run to lead Lafayette, ranked No. 3 in the Daily Journal’s poll of area large schools.
“I don’t think anybody pushed the panic button,” Lafayette coach Anthony Hart said. “We made a couple of mistakes, they made a couple of plays and got up 14-0. We stayed with what we could do, nothing more than what we came with, and it worked out in our favor.”
The win sets up up a clash of area unbeatens when Lafayette travels to Fulton to face Itawamba AHS next week.
Oxford (1-2) jumped out to a 14-0 lead roughly 4 minutes into the game when Ray Mitchell scored on an 11-yard run, and Tyler Shaw recovered a fumble in the end zone.
Lafayette (3-0) owned the second quarter. Liggins ran in from the 1; Anferny Gooch scored on a 21-yard run; and C.C. Dukes put the home team on top to stay when he hauled in a 33-yard pass from Liggins.
Tyler Jackson hit three PATs for a 21-14 halftime edge. He extended the Lafayette lead to 10 points with a 28-yard field goal in the third quarter.
Later in the period Liggins and Gooch connected on another scoring play, this one covering 74 yards.
Oxford scored in the fourth quarter on a 50-yard pass from Cameron Billups to Dente Smith.
Between the Oxford start and the Chargers’ last score, Hart was pleased with his defense, particularly the play of Jermaine Pegues and Jeremy Williams up front.
“We were able to get pressure rushing just three, and that allowed us to cover better,” Hart said. “Our defensive front had a great game.”
Lafayette now leads its series with Oxford 22-15-2.
NEMS Daily Journal