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Lafayette and Potts Camp travel to Union County this weekend for the home finalies for New Albany and East Union.
The Commodores, two-time defending state champions in 4A, will take on the Bulldogs with the winner in control for the division title in Region 2-4A. Lafayette enters the game at 7-1, having only lost to Oxford earlier this season. For New Albany, Coach Ron Price is proud of last week’s performance at North Pontotoc and hopes to see that same effort this week.
“This year has been up and down, but now I feel like our kids are finally playing football,” he said. “Last Friday, I feel like that was our best game from all areas.”
Lafayette is led in rushing by junior DK Buford with 565 yards. Only 13 yards behind Buford is Brandon Mack with 552 yards. Mack is also the leading passer with 557 yards and five touchdowns.
“Lafayette, everyone knows how good they are,” Price said. “The last two times they’ve played us, they’ve outscored us 85-13, and I hope our kids will go out on Friday, lay everything they’ve got on the line and play hard for 48 minutes, and the best team will come out on top.”
Potts Camp also has only one loss on the year, falling to Desoto Central in the second game of the year. Outside of that one loss, the Cardinals have outscored opponents 246-51.
“The kids are motivated, just because Potts Camp started football the same time we did, and that’s a team we’ve played every year,” Urchins head coach Scott Duley said. “It’s always been close and tough, and they’ve won every time.”
Senior Jamarquis Foster leads the Cardinals’ offense with 759 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. Potts Camp has used four quarterbacks so far this year, with sophomore Jordan Harris leading with 310 yards and three touchdowns.
“They’re solid with a great coaching staff and athletes,” Duley said. “They’re not going to make mistakes, so if you make mistakes, they’re going to capitalize on those. We’ve got to play good, mistake free football in order to compete with them. Our kids are tuned in mentally, so what we have to do now is tackle better.”
Friday is senior night for the Bulldogs. The team will honor the Class of 2013 during pregame festivities.
This will also be the final home game for the Urchins, who will travel to McLaurin next Friday to close out the 2012 season.
Friday’s games are set for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Kitchens’ Field and BNA Bank Park.