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|Gators to host Mangham Friday|
The Delhi Charter School Gators (0-1) will be back in action Friday night when they open up the home portion of their regular season schedule against the Mangham Dragons (1-0.
DCS opened up with a loss to the Franklin Parish Patriots, 39-18.
The Gators and Patriots both had turnover problems in the game with the Gators having five turnovers and the Patriots having six.
There were still enough bright spots against the Class 4A Patriots for the Gators to see some light at the end of the tunnel.
"We played decent at times," DCS head coach Brett Raley said. "At the same time we have a lot of things we need to improve upon."
Running back Ricci Gray was a beast in the backfield all night for the Gators as he gained 148 yards on 25 carries but the Gators could not get him into the endzone in the redzone.
The Patriots took the run away most of the night causing the Gators to pass the ball more than they did at almost anytime last season.
Quarterback Will Zeigler went 7-of-21 for 92 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions.
"We don't usually throw the ball that much," Raley said. "I think for his first time starting at the varsity level that he made some good plays."
This week the Gators host the Mangham Dragons in another key non-district match-up. The game will be another chance for the Gators to pick up some power point boost from playing up in classification.
The Dragons will again present a major challenge on the ground as they feature one of the top running backs in Class 2A in Shaquille Ausberry.
Ausberry ran for 257 yards and two scores last week during a 35-24 victory in Monroe.
Raley has no aspirations of this week being any less physical than what his team went up against last week.
"We have to get more physical this week," Raley said. "From what we saw on film they pushed OCS around pretty good. They have a powerful running game."
The Mangham defense will present another big challenge to the DCS rushing attack this week after allowing just 86 yards on the ground to OCS last week.
The Mangham secondary looked to be a bit venerable in the contest after giving up 372 yards and three scores through the air.
The Mangham defensive line caused havoc in the first half with five sacks by the end of the night.
Kickoff at "The Swamp" in Delhi is scheduled for 7 p.m.