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|Delhi Charter's Gators land five on All-State Team|
The Delhi Charter Gators' efforts and triumphs of an 11-2 season were rewarded last week with the selection of the Class 1A all-state football team by the Louisiana Sports Writer's Association.
Delhi Charter, the only 1A team from North Louisiana to go past the quarter-finals, had three selected starting with star running back Randy Julian. The senior running back rushed the Gators into their first semi-final appearance in the history of Delhi Charter School. The Gators have played LHSAA football for just four years. Julian rushed for 2,174 yards on 274 carries and scored 21 touchdowns. He was the featured rusher in a scheme that produced huge rushing gaines throughout the season.
"Randy (Julian) is a big time player," said Delhi Charter head coach Bret Raley. "He did everything we asked of him, as did all the kids. He lived up to everything we knew he could be for us this season." Starting center Hunter Pruitt was also named to the honors team. Pruitt led an offensive line that helped the Gators to 3,800 yards of offense in 2008. DCS also averaged 40 points per game in the most productive offensive year so far for the Gators.
Pruitt was a three-year starter for the Gators and quickly became known as a backbone of not just the offense, but the entire Delhi Charter football program.
"He probably knows the offense better than anyone," Raley said. "He knows what we do just as well as all our coaches. He gave us everything he had the last three years and is very deserving."
His brother Heath Pruitt was put on the team after a stellar defensive effort this season. The senior defensive back had 71 tackles this season, 22 assists, two fumble recoveries, five interceptions and 12 pass break-ups for Delhi Charter.
"Both of those guys did an outstanding job," Raley said. "They bring something different to the table and contribute on each side of the football. We owe a lot of our success to both young men."
Heath Pruitt has been invited to participate in the 2009 Down Under Bowl that will bring some of the top players from America to Australlia for a week in the summer of 2009. Pruitt is the first Delhi Charter student-athlete to receive such an international honor.
Offensive lineman Hunter Reece as well as starting quarterback Stuart Scurria were named Class 1A all-state honorable mention also.
Reece is a senior left tackle that has garnered recruiting interest of both Louisiana Tech and the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Scurria led the team in passing yards and touchdowns while also becoming the second leading rusher by season's end. A multi-sport athlete, Scurria now starts for the Gator's basketball team this winter.