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|Tigers trump Gators|
The Delhi Charter Gators (1-2) fell to the Jonesboro-Hodge Tigers last Friday night, in a game that literally slipped through the Gators' fingers, bringing a 19-8 defeat Gators head coach Bret Raley attributed to turnovers.
"We keep turning the ball over and it will be hard to beat any team," said Raley. "If I knew why we keep doing it, I would be a millionaire."
Ricci Gray ran for 150 yards after a first quarter injury sidelined Delhi Charter star running back Randy Julian after he had carried the ball just three times for six yards. The injury is said to be a high ankle sprain that could possibly keep Julian on the sideline this week.
"He got in the hot tub yesterday," Raley said. "It felt better and we are just going to take his situation day to day."
Quarterback Gabe Robinson completed 7-of-16 pass attempts for 121 yards. The offensive line also is said to be getting better in pass protection situations which is a welcomed sight for the Gator coaching staff.
"The offensive line is progressing well," Raley said. "They did a much better job this week."
Delhi Charter fumbled on their own 20-yard line early in the game that led to a Jonesboro-Hodge touchdown.
The Gators also had drives reach as far as the JHS 30 and 15-yard line that ended in a fumble and zero points for Delhi Charter. The Gators fumbled six times and lost three of them. Robinson was also credited with a pair of interceptions.
This week, the Class 3A Caldwell Spartans come calling. The Gators will have to deal with Caldwell running back Centerius Arnold. Arnold has run over all comers the last two seasons and stopping him will be one of the keys to beating the Spartans.
"We must stack the box and put ourselves in a situation to stop," Raley said. "Mangham had some success stopping them because they have a lot of speed on the outside and and while we have played pretty well on defense, we do not have that kind of speed to stop them on the outside."
This game is one of two games that will wrap up the non-district schedule for the Gators. Delhi Charter has a game at Tensas next week before beginning play in the new district 2-1A against Class 1A power Ouachita Christian whom the Gators beat in the quarterfinals of the Class 1A playoffs a year ago.
Kickoff at Gator Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday night.