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Two of the areas top programs will meet head-to-head this Friday night as The Delhi Charter Gators host the Franklin Parish Patriots in the opening week of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association football regular season.
Delhi Charter is coming off one of the most successful seasons in school history in which they reached the Class 1A quarterfinal round of the playoffs last season.
Quarterback Gabe Robinson replaces Stuart Scurria at quarterback this season after Scurria graduated, taking with him three starters on the offensive line. Even though weather only allowed for one quarter of jamboree action for the varsity Gators on Friday night, Robinson guided the Gators to two touchdown drives and a 12-7 victory over the Vidalia Vikings on Friday night.
Robinson went 3-for-4 for 32 yards passing. Starting running back Randy Julian ran for 40 yards and one touchdown, a 22 yard jaunt, on six carries during the game.
Running back Riccie Gray also scored on a run during the next DCS drive.
Still, all is not perfect for the Gators right now. The team wants to improve and tweak their offense and defensive schemes this week against the Class 4A Patriots.
"We are working on getting some balance along the offensive line," Delhi Charter head coach Brett Raley said. "On defense, we need to do a better job of locking up and tackling and being in position."
One of the main concerns for DCS this week is the number of fine athletes the Franklin Parish Patriots will bring to town Friday night.
"They have a lot of athletes," Raley said. "They dominated their jamboree against Mangham. We have to stay on our blocks."
Franklin Parish will come into the game with a bit of a chip on their shoulder. Unable to pick up a preseason victory, including a 18-13 jamboree loss to Mangham in the final minutes, FPHS is hungry for success as the regular season gets under way.
"It was really a disappointing jamboree," Franklin Parish head coach Barry Sebren said. "There was a very bad officiating blunder in the second half. I have spoken to the head of officials and he admitted that it was a mistake."
A sideline infraction against a Patriot coach was called after a punt snap sailed over the head of the Mangham punter. Franklin Parish recovered the fumble but the officials mistakenly gave the ball back to the Dragons following the penalty.
The Patriots jumped out to a 13-0 lead after a Kent Hoard fumble return for a score.
Mangham scored just before half to make it a 13-6 FPHS lead at the break.
Darrius Foy had a fumble recovery and interception in the game to garner the most praise from the coaching staff on Friday.
While Mangham fought back against the Patriots, Sebren sees a Delhi Charter team that is not weak on offense like some thought they could be after graduation wrecked havoc on the squad after last fall.
"Mangham was down and my hats off to them," Sebren said. "We made some improvements and tweak some things this week. Delhi Charter is a good ball team.
They have a real good running back. They are not weak at the quarterback position."