Lafayette Commodores protect ball in second half, sail to victory

Lafayette's Eric Lewis gets upended early in their game against Corinth on Friday. (Thomas Wells | Daily Journal)

Lafayette’s Eric Lewis gets upended early in their game against Corinth on Friday. (Thomas Wells | Daily Journal)


CORINTH – Lafayette cut out the turnovers and got in the win column Friday night, 28-12 at Corinth.

Leading 14-12 at the half, Lafayette quarterback Devin Thomas stayed patient in the pocket and placed a third-quarter pass on the fingertips of D.K. Buford for a 60-yard touchdown and a 21-12 lead.

“It couldn’t have been in a better spot,” Buford said. “I told him it was going to be there. I said, ‘If you don’t have anybody else open, just throw it down field. I’ll go get it. I promise you I will.’”

The Commodores (1-1) had four turnovers in the first half, none in the second. Corinth had three, one a pick in the end zone.

After the Buford touchdown, Lafayette’s Darren Toles recovered a fumble and Buford scored his third touchdown of the game for a 28-12 lead. The Ole Miss commit started the game at quarterback and finished with 84 yards on 19 carries.

Lafayette held Corinth to 80 yards of total offense. But turnovers have plagued the Warriors early on.

“That’s frustrating. We’ve got to get that fixed,” Corinth coach Doug Jones said. “It’s a problem and it’s costing us football games. I thought our defense played good tonight. They were on the field too long.”

Corinth (1-1) scored first, a safety that Brice Spence recovered on a long John Michael McFall punt. The teams traded three turnovers until the Commodores scored on an 18-yard pass from Thomas to Landon Busby for a 7-2 lead in the second quarter.

Buford’s 3-yard run made it 14-2. Corinth answered on Spence’s 93-yard kick return.

Consecutive Lafayette turn-overs opened the door. Corinth was forced to punt after a Tanner Maness fumble recovery, but on the punt, Juwan Hardin was hit by Corinth’s Jay Jones and Kyoshi Agnew recovered a fumble. The turnover led to

McFall’s 17-yard field goal before the half after Kendrick Williams was stopped on three straight runs from the 7.

“Stopping those turnovers made the difference, no doubt,” Lafayette coach Eric Robertson said.

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