• John Macon Gillespie

Coverage Recap: Lafayette 17 Senatobia 14

Following Friday night’s game Michael Fair didn’t take up a lot of his team’s time talking about their big win. Instead he felt it more important to let his guys celebrate their accomplishment. In his first season at the helm the Lafayette Commodores(7-2, 4-0) are region 2-4A champs.

“That’s two trophies,” Fair said to his team with a smile.

He also spoke about building a foundation. Well, a division crown is a pretty strong base to grow from, and that’s the modest way of putting it.

The other trophy he mentioned, of course, was the Crosstown Classic which was earned with a 23-3 win over rival Oxford earlier this season. That win came in the Dores’ third game of the season and marked their first win of 2016. Fast forward. Now Fair’s club is riding a seven-game winning streak and oozing momentum. It was that first win, - which was the first for them in that rivalry series in the past five meetings between the Chargers and Commodores - though, that sparked where Lafayette is now.

The second trophy, however, was much more difficult to earn. The Senatobia Warriors(6-3, 2-2) made it hard on the Dores last night. In fact, it took some heroics from senior defensive back Tay Tay Owens to even make the win possible.

“Coach was telling us ‘never give up,’” Owens told SES Mississippi following the game. “I know my role on this team. My role is to make plays at multiple positions.”

That is exactly what Owens did in the fourth quarter last night, and that is what earned him SES Player of the Game.

The Warriors took a 14-10 lead with 9:39 left in the final period. On the ensuing kickoff Owens would leave defenders in his dust as he made his way to the end zone. The following drive the senior came up with an interception, the third for the Dores on the night, that would light a fire under the Lafayette defense. The next two drives the defensive line took care of business, putting the nail in the coffin with multiple sacks. However, it all got started with Owens’ clutch play-making ability.

It was a scoreless game at halftime. Both defenses got bent a bit in the first half, but neither broke. It was obvious that there was a ton on the line for both sides.

The scoring got started at the 10:35 mark in the third quarter with a 77-yard touchdown pass from Senatobia sophomore quarterback Nigeria Young to Tulane pledge Travis Tucker. Lafayette would respond with a touchdown, then later in the third a field goal. The score would remain 10-7 going into the final quarter of play.

In the end, Lafayette played like they had more to gain, and more to lose for that matter. They closed the game in dominant fashion and deserved to be called division champions.

Players who stood out:

Lafayette: DB Tay Tay Owens, WR/DB Brandon Turnage(INT), WR/DB Tyler Williams(INT), DL Cory Williams, DL Amani Johnson and RB Jamarcus Quarles.

Senatobia: WR/DB Travis Tucker, QB/DB Nigeria Young, WR/DB Maurice Toney, RB Deanta Sipp, WR Jeff Newson and DL KC Faulkner.

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