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|Gators get on track; start district play|
The Delhi Charter Gators (2-3) will open district play by hosting Ouachita Christian School from Monroe this Friday night.
DCS got back in the win column with a 48-7 victory over Tensas (0-4) last week.
"Winning after losing three in a row is always good," Delhi Charter head coach Brett Raley said. "The kids responded and played real well all night."
Riccie Gray lead the Gators with 97 yards and two touchdowns on just four carries to pace the DCS rushing attack.
Quarterback Gabe Robin completed 6-of-7 pass attempts for 85 yards and one touchdown. The scoring toss was in the second quarter to wide receiver Kent Speight for his first touchdown reception of the season.
"I think Gabe (Robinson) has improved a lot," Raley said. "I think a lot of people around here want to always compare him to what we had last year and he is doing a good job. He is his own man."
Delhi Charter will be going into this game expecting to face a jugernaut offense that has put up big passing numbers this season behind the arm of quarterback Paul Michael Garner.
Garner and the Eagles are coming off a dissappointing 41-25 loss at Class 2A contender Calvary Baptist last week.
Tanner Wyatt and Mark Laird are the favorite receiving targets of a Garner pass.
Wyatt caught the first of three Garner touchdown passes at Calvary last Friday.
"The big challenge for us is their passing game," Raley said. "They have twenty-five different formations they run. (Garner) reads the defense so well for a first year starter. They are just real impressive all the way around."
Delhi Charter will likely spend more time than normal working the defensive backfield in 7-on-7 drills to prepare for the high flying Eagles.
"We will work them hard this week," Raley said. "Maybe one of them will be able to jump on a route and create a turnover."
Delhi Charter must score and avoid turnovers to keep pace with a team that, like them, made the Class 1A quarterfinal round last season.
"With our offense we have to protect," Raley said. "We talked about this, we are really four fumbles away from being four and one right now."
Running back Randy Julian could be returning this week after missing four games with a leg injury.
Julian could also be the added demension that the Gators need to collect their first district win of 2009.