By Melissa Meador
OXFORD – Lafayette capitalized on a pair of Amory turnovers early, and the Commodores rolled out to a 21-0 jamboree win to start out their season.
“We did a good job dropping into coverage where we’re supposed to be tonight,” Lafayette coach Eric Robertson said. “We made the right reads and got the interceptions, so we were excited about that.”
The Panthers threw three interceptions, including on their first two possessions, but new head coach Ben Ashley found some positives out of the loss.
“I was proud of the way we ran the football. The only returning starter on offense we had here tonight was our quarterback,” Ashley said. “We ran the football hard against a team that has played good, sound defensive football for the past four or five years.”
Tyrell Price got the Commodores on the board in the first two minutes with an 8-yard scoring run after the Panthers’ first pick. Lafayette QB Devin Thomas scored from 8 yards out as well with two minutes to go and also hit Ole Miss commit D.K.
Buford for a 69-yard touchdown.
“We had good protection on our line tonight, and that allowed D.K.to get open behind the secondary,” Robertson said. “We missed a field goal tonight, but that’s why we play these jamborees – to work out those mistakes and miscues out before next week.
Lafayette opens the regular season at Tupelo, while Amory hosts Independence.