Lafayette defeats Laurel 39-29 for 4A title

By The Associated Press

JACKSON – Demarkous Dennis rushed for 193 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead Lafayette to its second straight Mississippi Class 4A title in a 39-29 victory over Laurel at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Lafayette (16-0) rushed for 312 yards and led 23-7 at halftime. Quarterback Jeremy Liggins rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. He also threw for 102 yards. Dennis had 17 carries and touchdown runs of 18, 83, and 80 yards.

Laurel (14-2) caught fire offensively in the second half, but never found a way to stop the Commodores on defense.

Laurel quarterback Dontreal Pruitt finished 19 of 34 for 297 yards and threw four touchdown passes, all to Justin Mack. But Pruitt also threw three interceptions. Laurel also fumbled the ball twice and botched two snaps for safeties.