JACKSON, MS (AP) - Jeremy Liggins ran for 150 yards and three touchdowns, and Lafayette County routed North Pike 31-6 to win its first football championship Saturday in the Class 4A state title game.
After falling behind 6-3 in the first quarter, Lafayette (16-0) scored 28 unanswered points to become the first Mississippi High School Activities Association team to finish a season with 16 victories.
Liggins, the quarterback, scored touchdowns on runs of 1, 15 and 1 yards to help the Commodores wash away thoughts of last year's state championship loss to St. Stanislaus.
Lafayette racked up 294 yards on the ground and dominated the time of possession 30:19 to 16:44.
After giving up 35 points in last year's championship game, the Commodores' defense allowed only one early touchdown to speedy North Pike (14-2), which was making its first appearance in the title game.