The Lafayette Commodores will travel down I-55 this evening to take on the Grenada Chargers. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Lafayette (2-5, 2-1) rolls into this game after a 34-14 win over Lewisburg last Thursday. The Commodores outscored Lewisburg 20-14 in the first half, but Lafayette’s defense did not surrender another score in the second half.
Coach Michael Fair’s team added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
“[It was] just a great win for us. Our guys are playing hard,” Fair said. “I think our guys are getting better every day, especially every week in our games. A lot of young guys are getting to go out there and be big parts of it. I tell ya, every time they play they get better. We are excited about where we are, and the win over Lewisburg was really big for us.”
The Commodores have played with a lot of momentum in the past two weeks.
“We feel like it definitely gives us momentum and confidence,” Fair said. “We started out pretty rough this year and have won two in a row, and practices have been better, and kids have worked all year long. There is nothing like winning. It just brings something extra to the table, and we are excited about that. We are riding that emotional high and our kids are as well. Something about winning a ball game gives you some confidence for the next one.”
Grenada (3-5, 2-1) is coming into this week’s game after a heartbreaking 28-14 loss at Olive Branch last week. Chargers quarterback Jared Barnes threw for 151 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
“Grenada is very well-coached, a very solid football team, and they play a very similar style of football to what we try to do,” Fair said. “It looks like it’s going to be a great football game … for both teams. It has a lot of playoff implications in it. We are excited about it, and think that it is going to be a really good game.”
This season, Lafayette moved up to a 5A classification and are getting settled in for a run.
“Our competition is stiffer, and we have put together a real strong non-district schedule to really try and get us ready for 5A football,” Fair said. “We did that, and we didn’t come out like we wanted to in those games. We played against some really talented teams this season and were forced to play really fast and physical early, and it has paid off this time of year.”
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