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|Gators bite Dragons, 42-27|
The Delhi Charter Gators used a big second quarter outburst to ride past the Mangham Dragons on Friday night, 42-27.
The victory gives the Gators a share of a three-way district championship tie with Mangham and Oak Grove.
In the playoffs starting Friday, Delhi Charter ( 9-1) now faces cross-town Delhi (3-6) in the first round while Oak Grove (6-4) hosts Logansport (5-4) and Mangham (8-2) hosts White Castle (4-5).
Hunter Sims began the scoring on a six yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Sims finished with 71 yards rushing on 17 carries along with a pair of touchdowns.
Mangham took a 13-6 lead after the first quarter of action. Quarterback Josh Wilson scampered in from seven-yards to tie the score at 6-6.
Mangham added a Wilson touchdown pass to Montel Hardman moments later to end the quarter on a high note for their purple clad supporters.
The rushing attack of Delhi Charter would heat up tremendously in the second-quarter of play and give the Gators the advantage.
Running back Randy Julian ran in from 38-yards away to tie the game. Quarterback Stuart Scurria then made the highlight reel play of the game with a spectacular 77-yard run to pay dirt.
Scurria finished with 89 yards rushing and completed 4-of-7 passes for 52 yards and a touchdown pass to Ricky Gray to end the first half with the Gators leading 27-19.
"We had so many kids play well," DCS head coach Brett Raley said. "Our defense played extremely well in the second quarter to help us build that lead."
Perhaps the best defensive play of the night for Delhi Charter came in the fourth quarter when Gabe Roberson returned an interception 57-yards for a touchdown.
Randy Julian again led Delhi Charter in rushing yards. Julian ran for 182 yards and a touchdown.
Wilson made huge plays for Mangham. Wilson torched the Delhi Charter secondary for 246 yards and one touchdown.
Jonathan Harris was the leading rusher for Mangham with four carries for 33 yards and a touchdown.
The Dragons also played really well on special teams. Michael Holland recorded a fourth-quarter score when he went on a 94-yard jaunt on a punt return.
Both teams will now begin the Class 1-A playoffs with home games. Delhi Charter will host familiar district foe Delhi High School.
Mangham will entertain White Castle on Friday night. This will be the first ever meeting between these two schools in the playoffs.
For the Gators, this is the chance to play a really big home game against a huge same-city rival. DCS won the regular season meeting 27-0 on Oct. 17.
"The challenge will be beating a good team twice," Raley said. "We have to go back and look at what we as a team can do better and keep playing good football."
For Mangham, they will play a team badly affected by Hurricane Gustav. The storm forced White Castle to cancel the first two games of the regular season.
After a 1-3 start to the year, White Castle won four straight to earn a playoff spot. They defeated Central Catholic 39-28 last Friday night.
The Bulldogs lost out on a chance to tie for the district championship despite a 3-1 league mark.
A win by West St. John gave them the outright district title over White Castle because of head-to-head play. West St. John defeated White Castle 32-7 earlier in the season.