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|Delhi Charter begins playoffs in Metarie|
The Delhi Charter Gators (5-4) will open the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 1A playoffs on the road at Metarie Park-Country Day High School (7-3) this Friday night with a special start time of 6 p.m.
"Their stadium does not have lights," Delhi Charter head coach Bret Raley said. "They told me we would start at six and they were bringing in some lights."
Delhi Charter is coming off of a 28-12 victory over cross-town rival Delhi High School last week.
Quarterback Gabe Robinson completed 10-of-17 pass attempts for 175 yards and a touchdown.
Ricci Gray and Kent Speight each caught 30-yard touchdown passes in the game from Robinson.
Running back Randy Julian ran for 92 yards and a score to pace the Gator offense.
A close game for the first quarter, the Gator defense overwhelmed the Bears for much of the game before the Bears scored a pair of touchdowns late in the fourth quarter to get back into the contest.
In the opening round of the playoffs, the Gators will travel a long way to face a team with a reputation for playing well at home. Country Day has gone 5-0 at home this season.
"Traditionally, our kids have traveled and played very well," Raley said. "It really is a weird trip all the way around because of the distance (five hour drive) and the different start time."
The Gators have lost just one road game in two seasons and that was earlier this year to the Mangham Dragons.
Country Day will come into the game averaging 36.2 points per game and giving up just 15.2 points per outing.
Country Day has defeated two opponents at home by, Haynes and Ridgewood by scores of 62-0 each.
It is worth noting that only three opponents on the Country Day schedule ended the season with winning records and four opponents (Ben Franklin, De La Salle, Lutheran, and Ridgewood) finished with one win or less in 2009.
Country Day does sport one of the better rushing attacks in the lower division of New Orleans-area football that will challenge the DCS defense.
"Scheme wise, they are very similar to St. Frederick who we had some success against," Raley said. "They are not overly physical. I thought Delhi was the biggest and most physical team we had seen last week."
Delhi Charter will certainly have to take better care of the football on offense to win in the playoffs. DCS had four fumbles against the Delhi Bears last Friday.