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|Successful season for Delhi Charter|
The a dream season came to an end at Delhi Charter Friday night as the Crusaders of Christian Life Academy defeated the No. 3-ranked Gators, 25-13.
Delhi Charter was representing district 4-1A for the first time in the semi-finals. In just four years, the Gators have gone from Louisiana High School Athletic Association rookies to one of the best around the state.
Hunter Sims found the end zone in the first quarter with a 12-yard jaunt. The score was the fifth rushing score of the postseason for Sims and gave the Gators a 7-0 lead after the PAT kick of Jeremy Foote.
Christian Life quickly answered as they pounded away with all-state running back Shane Andrus.
Andrus found a hole in the Gator defensive unit and bolted downfield for an electrifying 92-yard touchdown run.
Delhi Charter blocked the PAT kick and preserved a 7-6 lead for DCS. Moments later, Delhi Charter would get their own electrifying run.
Quarterback Stuart Scurria, one of the biggest reasons for offensive success this year, slashed the Christian Life defense for a 70-yard touchdown run on the ensuing Delhi Charter possession to give the Gators a 13-6 advantage.
Andrus again cranked up the heat on Delhi Charter with a touchdown run in both the third and fourth quarters.
Andrus finished the game with 259 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries. It was the fourth-straight game of over 200 rushing yards for Andrus.
"We had a great season," Delhi Charter head coach Brett Raley said. "We could not contain their rushing attack and that was the difference in the ballgame."
Quarterback Kevin Wright was limited to just 34-yards rushing but put the game out-of-reach of Delhi Charter with a 37-yard scamper to pay dirt with under two-minutes remaining in the contest.
Christian Life converted just 1-of-4 PAT kicks but were defensively able to clamp down on the vaunted rushing attack of Delhi Charter.
The key moment in the game came when running back Randy Julian fumbled in Christian Life territory. The Andrus run of 62-yards for a touchdown came about four plays later to turn the tide on Delhi Charter.
Julian still gashed through the Christian Life defense for 143 yards on 21 carries. Scurria finished the game with 93 yards on six carries and one touchdown.
Christian Life ran for 287 yards as a team. Delhi Charter totaled 267 yards on the ground. Scurria passed 21 yards and completed 2-of-10 pass attempts. Christian Life was 0-of-6 in the passing game.
Delhi Charter ends their season with an 11-2 record and district champions in 4-1A. Christian Life will face South Plaquemines for the Class 1A state championship Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.
"We are losing some great kids as seniors," Raley said. "At the same time, we are looking forward to coming back and continuing success with some great kids we have returning to play for us."