• John Macon Gillespie

Ard & New Look Dores Ready For 2016.

Lafayette quarterback Will Ard is set to enter his final season as the Commodores’ quarterback and he is not backing down at all from the team’s big goal for the coming season.

“As a team we want to go to State and win it,” Ard told SES Mississippi. “We just want to improve everyday this summer.”

Ard and the rest of his teammates spent this past spring getting to know their new football coach. Michael Fair came over from Senatobia to take on the head coaching duties for the Dores.

“He is great,” Ard said. “All the coaches are great. They bring a lot of intensity. They are a lot of fun to work with. They are player’s coaches. The terminology is a little different but most of the plays are a lot of the same that I’ve already done. We have all picked up on it well.”

Ard is set to lead a very athletic offense that will be supported by one of the state's top defensive units led by defensive back Tyler Williams.

Lafayette went 10-3 in 2015 and only lost their three games by a total deficit of 18 points. When asked who on the schedule he was ready to take another shot at, Ard went with his new coach’s old school.

“Besides the Noxubee loss, I would say the Senatobia loss hurt us pretty bad and we can’t wait to get back out there and play them again,” Ard said.

A final season at Lafayette means one more crack at cross-town rival Oxford. The Chargers walked away with a 31-21 win last season in a game that was much closer than the score let on.

“It’s really big,” Ard expressed. “Since I’ve been here, we haven’t beat them. Last year was a close game. We had a couple turnovers that killed us. We are talented enough to beat them. They are a good team too so it will be a good battle like always.”

Oxford will host Lafayette for the Cross-Town Classic on September 9.

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