MHSAA Notebook: Commodores could be 'Another South Panola'

By Blake Long | Special to the Journal

JACKSON – Lafayette High quarterback Jeremy Liggins feels confident about the direction of the Commodores football program.
Upon the completion of his team’s 39-29 victory over Laurel for Lafayette’s 32nd straight win, Liggins compared his team to a program located 24 miles away from his school.
“We’re trying to come in and be like another South Panola,” the senior said after his final game in a Lafayette uniform. “We want to keep this tradition going.
“Leave it up to these young guys, I think they can do that. They’ve got a lot of talent behind us. I wish them good luck in the future.”
Commodores coach Anthony Hart feels his team now deserves to be placed in the same category as South Panola after winning their second straight championship.
“I told them before the year, ‘If you want to be mentioned with people like South Panola and West Point and Louisville, those multiple state championship teams, you got to win more than one,'” said Hart. “That was our goal this year – to win more than one.”
Scouts ‘not my focus’
The Class 4A championship game brought Southeastern Conference assistants to the sidelines of Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Mississippi State offensive coordinator Les Koenning, Auburn OC Gus Malzahn, and Ole Miss assistant Gunter Brewer were all in attendance to watch Liggins, a highly touted prospect.
Liggins played the appearance of the coaches off, saying it wasn’t his main focus. But he did admit its importance to him.
“Man, it made me feel good,” said Liggins. “But that really wasn’t my focus. We just wanted to come out here as a team and win this thing for the last time.”