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The Delhi Charter Gators are counting on a large group of players from the football team to contribute right away for a team struggling to put the pieces of a successful season together in the competitive district 4-1A.
With a record of 1-4 on the young season, the Gators are hoping that reinforcements from the football program with bolster there athleticism and depth in a way to put them back on the winning track.
"We will certainly be able to play with more depth," Delhi Charter head coach Chad Clark said. "I do not know right now who will play and who will not."
Stuart Scurria, a record-setting quarterback on the football field, is expected to play point guard some for the Gators beginning Monday against St. Frederick and continuing Thursday against Claiborne Christian of West Monroe.
Heath Pruitt will go from fullback on the football team to center for the basketball squad. Pruitt is a hard-nosed player who can rebound and score near the goal for the Gators.
Rickie Gray and LaDarian Clay are expected to also add depth at the guard positions for Delhi Charter.
"Stuart (Scurria) is going to play the point," Clark said. "We need to take better care of the basketball and be more consistent right now, I think."
Clark, a former junior high basketball coach, is in his first season at Delhi Charter after several seasons as a head coach in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The Gators earned their first victory of the season on Dec. 6 with a 55-47 victory over Saint Joseph of Plaquemine.
"We are working real hard," Clark said. "We have to take care of the ball to be successful."
The district is stacked once again this year in the favor of cross-town rival Delhi High School. The Bears return a core of the players that lead them to the district championship a year ago.
The Bears are already off to a 6-3 start with wins over 4-A Franklin Parish, as well as a blowout win over Mangham in a contest that will not count in the district standings.
Oak Grove and Mangham are expected to compete with the two Delhi schools for playoff position as well.
Mangham is off to a 1-6 start including a victory over Harrisonburg. The Dragons will welcome Josh Wilson to the team following football season and the Dragons are looking to get back into the swing once district roles around.
Tensas looks to be the odd man out ay this point in the season as they are nursing an 0-11 record. It appears once again Tensas will be looking up at everyone in district competition.
On the girl's side of the court, Delhi Charter has stumbled to a 1-6 start to the season. The Lady Gators earned their first victory of the season with a 46-41 win over Cathedral, Miss. on Dec. 4.
"The girls are working extremely hard," DCS head coach Kayla Shirley said. "We are working to improve our ball control and making better decisions with the basketball."
Mangham returns a good nucleus of talent from a squad that has made atleast the second round of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association 1A playoffs the past two seasons.
Few will forget their magical run the Top 28 tournament in Hammond in 2006 that saw the team get within one victory of playing for the state championship.
Mangham is 3-3 this year and has a win over 4A West Ouachita to its credit. Coaches feel like the Lady Dragons and Oak Grove Lady Tigers could very well be the teams to beat in the district this season.
The Lady Dragons are again expected to be one of the better teams in north Louisiana on the girls side.
Delhi Charter will next be at home on Thursday when they host Claiborne Christian. The team will then travel to Sterlington to battle the Class 2A Lady Panthers on Dec. 22.