After dropping two straight contests to cross-town rival Oxford and district opponent West Point, the Commodores have bounced back in a loud way with dominating district victories over Saltillo and Lewisburg
Lafayette went to Lewisburg last Thursday night, and promptly dismantled them, winning the contest 35-6, putting them at 2-1 in the district.
The Commodores will look to continue their winning ways when the Chargers of Grenada come to town for a battle of teams looking to position themselves to make a run in the playoffs.
The game against Lewisburg was a dominant victory in every sense of the word, as Lafayette jumped out to a 35-0 lead with 28 of those points coming in the first half.
Randy Anderson threw for 98 yards in the contest, while rushing for 49 yards on six carries. Lance Stewart rushed for 79 yards in the game, while senior running back Jamie Shaw put up 92 yards in the contest.
The Commodore defense was the story of the game, however, as they dominated the Patriots to the tune of only allowing 104 yards in the game.
The Commodores defense hasn’t allowed more than two touchdowns in a game this season, sans the loss to Oxford in September.
“We’ve been a good practicing team all year,” Lafayette head coach Michael Fair said. “That’s what people don’t see, is these guys really come to practice every week.”
The Chargers of Grenada will arrive in Lafayette County on Friday night, looking to move to 2-2 in the district and put themselves in position to make the playoffs for the fourth year in a row.
Grenada won their first district contest of the season against Center Hill, but have dropped two consecutive contests to Lake Cormorant and Olive Branch to put them in a peculiar position regarding the playoffs.
The Chargers need to start stacking up wins to give them any opportunity to play football past the first week of November, so they’ll likely arrive to Lafayette desperate for a win on Friday night.
Abbott Hankins is the quarterback for the Chargers, and the junior has had a strong season thus far for Grenada.
Through the air, Hankins has thrown for 639 yards and seven touchdowns.
Grenada does most of their damage on the ground, and they’re led in the rushing department by Demarquese Goodwin, who has piled up already 699 yards on the season. Goodwin has scored six touchdowns on the season, and he has amassed more than 100 yards in a game six times this season.
Dontavius Shipp has rushed for 331 yards this season for the Chargers on only 51 carries, good for 6.2 yards per carry.
Junior Christian Wortham is the Chargers go-to receiver, as he leads the team in catches with 29. Wortham has 430 yards on the season.
Emmanuel Forbes is second on the team with 17 catches for 139 yards and a touchdown on the season.
“We still hae everything in front of us,” Fair said. “We just have to go out, and get better each and every week.”