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BLOG: Commodores turn 4A showdown into rout

TUNICA — Lafayette bottled up Rosa Fort’s playmaker while getting its usual contribution from its own Friday, turning a region showdown between the top-ranked teams in Class 4A into a runaway 30-7 victory.

Senior running back Tyrell Price went for more than 200 yards for the fourth time this season, racking up 214 and three touchdowns on 31 carries. His last score came on a 4-yard scamper late in the fourth quarter as the top-ranked Commodores (7-1, 2-0 Region 2-4A) handed the No. 2-ranked Lions (6-1, 1-1) their first loss and put themselves in the driver’s seat for a second straight region title in the process.

Price has run for at least 100 yards in every game but the opener and has more than 1,400 yards and 20 rushing touchdowns. He gave Lafayette a 9-0 lead midway through the first quarter with a 5-yard scoring run just minutes after an errant snap on Rosa Fort’s opening possession went out of the back of the end zone for a safety and added a 61-yarder with 7:18 left in the third quarter to make it 23-7.

Kevin Perkins found the going much tougher against Lafayette’s defense.

The Lions’ dual-threat quarterback came into the game averaging more than 10 yards per touch with 16 combined touchdowns, but after making it 9-7 on a 3-yard touchdown run with 3:15 left in the opening quarter, he rarely got free against the Commodores, who have held all but one of their opponents to 14 points or less.

Lafayette answered when linebacker Quin Jones scooped up a fumble at the end of a Rosa Fort punt return and returned it 22 yards to push the Commodores’ lead to 16-7 late in the first quarter. Jones also intercepted Perkins on the Lions’ final possession as Lafayette held Rosa Fort to less than 200 yards of offense.

See Sunday’s edition of the EAGLE for more from Friday’s game.