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|Gators enjoy feast of Cedar Creek|
Just four years into their storied existence in Louisiana High School Athletic Association football, the Delhi Charter Gators have arrived.
Friday night, they arrived in Ruston and pounded on Cedar Creek for a 46-27 victory. The Gators are 1-0 on the season following the victory.
"We played really well," DCS head coach Brett Raley said. "Randy (Julian) ran the ball extremely well."
Julian led the way for the Gators with 22 carries for 222 yards and three touchdowns. His first score came early in the first quarter on a 54-yard sprint to pay dirt.
Julian also had touchdown runs of 8-yards and 3-yards to help Delhi Charter to victory. Julian was not the only Gator playing with intensity and drive, however.
Quarterback Stuart Scurria was 4-of-6 for 104 yards and a first quarter touchdown pass to LaDarian Clay for 36 yards and six points to assist DCS to a 26-7 halftime lead.
"I thought that we played good along the offensive line," Raley said. "Stuart (Scurria) had a good game throwing the ball. The offense played real well."
The Delhi Charter coaches also saw their defense step up in a big way as they faced one of the states best 1A offenses.
Cedar Creek quarterback Jordan Scelfo threw the ball 42 times and the Delhi Charter defense never let the Cougars overpower them on Friday night.
Brantley Matthew was a star in the defensive backfield. The Gators rarely gave up key long pass plays.
"Brantley (Matthew) had a heck of a football came at cornerback," Raley said. "Our entire defense did real well because they passed the ball so much did Cedar Creek."
Another spread offense will put the football in the air a lot this Friday night when Delhi Charter hosts the Madison Jaguars.
"(Madison) has a couple of big, athletic receivers," Raley said. "On film I have seen they have good size along the offensive line."
Coaches at Delhi Charter will continue to work in practice this week to establish a better pass rush and improve on special teams.
"I think we are really prepared against the spread passing game," Raley said. "Playing a team like Cedar Creek will help this week as well."
To help the defensive backs get ready for the season, Delhi Charter played almost 20 games in 7-on-7 passing tournaments.
"We need to keep grinding it out on offense," Raley said. "On defense we will work on keeping people in the right spot and keep up the intensity."
Madison (0-1) lost its week one match-up with Ferriday by a score of 38-0. Kickoff in Delhi is set for 7 p.m.