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NP vs. Oxford

North Panola middle linebacker Cortez Hibbler takes down a Senatobia runner by himself last Friday night. The Panolian photo by Andy Young

Cougars to face tough Commodores in Oxford

By Myra Bean

With the mudfest one-point loss to Senatobia behind them, the North Panola Cougars turn their heads to their toughest competitor of the year.

Tonight, the Cougars (2-3; 0-1)travel to Oxford to take on the No. 18 ranked team in The Panolian’s Top 20, Lafayette County Commodores (5-1).

Their lone loss was to No. 13 ranked Itawamba AHS on September 11, 25-19.

North Panola head coach Clifton Davis Jr. describes Lafayette as “big.”

Their defensive tackles are 305 and 315 pounds. The defensive ends are 230 and 200 pounds.

Quarterback Jeremy Liggins, 6’2’, 235 pounds is a good runner, according to Davis.

Lafayette runs the spread offense. Liggins usually hands off to Sam Booker. When he throws, his main two targets are Ontario Phillips or Jarius Baker.

“We have to stop the run first and force the pass,” Davis said. “He is pretty accurate in passing when teams give him time.”

Davis said other teams did not rush Liggins.

“We will see if he can take a lick,” Davis said.

Davis reports that most of the team is healthy. Vernon Lewis’ ankle was giving him some problems but he will play. Freshman backup quarterback Martavius Butler has been out with the flu and is doubtful he will make the trip.