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|Gators chomp Dragons, 28-0 in quarterfinal|
Mangham's season came to an end in Delhi Friday night as the Dragons fell to district rival Delhi Charter 28-0 in a Class A quarterfinal contest.
The game was played in a wet field.
"Defensively we played real well in the first half, we just made some mistakes on offense at inopportune times," said Mangham coach Bo Meeks. "They have a great football team and you have to play mistake-free football to beat them."
Delhi Charter defeated Mangham 42-27 in the regular season finale to make it a three-way tie for first in District 4-1A. Oak Grove, which lost to Haynesville Friday, also lost one district game.
Delhi Charter's first score came when Stuart Scurria inercepted a pass and returned it 60 yards for the first touchdown of the game. Jeremy Foote made the first of four straight extra point kicks to produce a 7-0 lead.
"That was a game-changer," Meeks said. "We were trading punts with them up to that point."
Delhi Charter upped it to 14-0 by halftime on a 5-yard run by Hunter Simms and then moved ahead 28-0 with two third quarter touchdowns.
Shaquille Ausberry led Mangham with 88 yards rushing.
Mangham finishes its season at 10-3.
"I'm extremely excited about our season," Meeks said. "We set two main goals of winning our district and playing at Thanksgiving and we made both those goals. Just to have an opportunity for a chance to be in the semifinals is an accomplishment. Coming off a four-2in season, I am very proud of the seniors. They did an excellent job of pointing us in the right direction. We lose 15 players, but have some good young players coming back looking to build on what we did this year. I'm really proud of this team."