Lafayette High School Commodores

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OXFORD, Miss. (WCBI) — Lafayete was just one win away from clinching their third State Championship in four years last season.

One win: that’s the motivation going into this season for the Commodores.

Aug 22 Tupelo home
Aug 29 Corinth home
Sept 5 DeSoto Central home
Sept 12 Oxford away
Sept 19 Shannon home
Sept 26 Memphis Univ away
Oct 3 Ripley* away
Oct 10 Rosa Fort* home
Oct 17 New Albany* away
Oct 24 Senatobia* home
Oct 31 Byhalia* away
*District games

Once again, Lafayette was in position to win the 4A State Championship last season. With the talent returning for head coach Eric Robertson, the expectation of making it back to the Title remains.

“The expectation is always to play for a State Championship,” said coach Robertson. “Each year is different though and we know it will be a challenge for us. But we expect to play 16 games and hopefully win that 16th game.”

Leading up to that 16th game last year, the Commodores had run off seven consecutive victories only to see Forrest County AHS hoist the gold ball at the end of the year.

Using that experience of playing in the State Championship is helping the Dores through the offseason.

“Any time you get a chance to play for a title that makes the kids hungry,” Robertson said. “Our kids have come back and worked hard this summer and want to make it back.”

If the Commodores are going to bring the Gold Ball back home this year, it will be behind a talented offense.

1,000-yard rusher Tyrell Price returns along with senior quarterback Devin Thomas to make the Lafayette offense a formidable force this year.

“We return seven starters on that side of the ball,” coach Robertson said. “Our quarterback is back and that’s big for us. He’s much improved and worked hard all summer. And our offensive line is intact. We have quality skill guys back and we are overall very excited about our offense.”

The numbers don’t lie: Lafayette has been dominant since the turn of the century.

The Dores haven’t missed the playoffs since 2000, they’ve had five straight 10-win seasons and have been a figure in the State Title race in each of the last five years.

Lafayette hopes to continue that success this season and this time they envision holding up the State Championship trophy when it’s all said and done.

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