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|Extra power points in Delhi victory|
The Delhi Charter Gators (1-0) picked up one of the most important wins in their football program's history Friday night, with a 20-14 victory over the Class 4A Franklin Parish Patriots.
The victory ranks among the team's most important because it yielded 16 power points for the Gators thanks to playing up to a 4A level. Each team receives two points in the power ranking equation for playing up and with 1A Delhi Charter playing a 4A team, they received six points in addition to the 10 they received for their Friday victory over the Patriots.
"It was a battle from the beginning," Delhi Charter head coach Bret Raley said. "Franklin Parish was a pretty darn good football team. They utilized their speed and our kids fought hard and got the job done."
Randy Julian was once again the offensive star of the game, as the Gators used their power rushing attack to wear down the Patriot defensive Unit.
Julian rushed for 185 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries against Franklin Parish.
Gabe Robinson made his first regular season start and completed 2 of 4 pass attempts for 44 yards. DCS tight end Darrius Antley caught both passes while the Gators were mixing things up on the Franklin Parish defense.
The Gators received some great news early last week when defensive leader Hunter Sims made it back onto the practice field last Monday.
Sims had been nursing a summer-practice injury and has recovered well from an injured ligament behind the ACL. He went on to lead the team with 12 tackles against the Patriots after being put out of commission for five weeks.
"The doctor said it was a strain," Raley said. "It was a strange injury. It was behind the ACL. I have torn my ACL and pushed around on it and it felt like that. He came back to practice just on Monday."
"We played pretty well on defense," Raley said. "Franklin Parish had 135 total yards and we have to get in the right position more times. We were out of position a few times."
The Gators will travel this weekend for another great regional contest.
The Mangham Dragons will host the Gators this Friday, with a 7p.m. kickoff.
Quarterback Montel Hardman is expected to make his second consecutive start after projected 2009 starting quarterback took a hard hit and received a concussion during the Mangham jamboree game.
Hardman played gamely in the regular season opener against Class 1A powerhouse Ouachita Christian School when he ran for a pair of touchdowns and was 1-of-3 for 18 yards passing.
Mangham running back Shaquille Ausberry will present the Gator defense its greatest challenge, after carving up the OCS defense for 100 yards and 2 scores on 18 carries Friday night.
"Offensively, we need to improve our offensive line play and staying on our blocks," Raley said. "We have to do a better job of pitching the ball from an offensive standpoint."