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Delhi Charter takes out General Trass, 55-20

The Swamp – Back when I was in high school at Delhi High back in the mid to late 1980s, we had a really good band and a not-so-very good football team.
General Trass High may be having the same kind of era as the band was late getting to the game but they provided most of the highlights for the visiting team as the Delhi Charter Gators jumped out to a big lead and cruised to the 55-20 victory.
By the time General Trass’ Sound of Soul band got to the game after being delayed by an accident on I-20, their football class mates were already down 21-0 on Azavier Stubblefield’s 10-yard run and Mason Hale’s two TD runs of 60 and 1-yard. The Gators were clicking so much that on a botched point-after try, Stubblefield bobbled the snap but recovered and threw to kicker Trenton Jinks for the two-pointer.
The band’s arrival didn’t spark the Panthers much as the Gators scored twice more on Hale’s 29-yard pass to Desmond Longino and Chester McDaniel’s 6-yard run late in the quarter to make the score 34-0. The GT offense didn’t get a first down until eight minutes left in the half and it was on a DCS pass interference call at the Gator 15.
McDaniel ended that threat three plays later as he intercepted a pass at the goal line and returned it 45 yards.
Trass finally got on the scoreboard with around two minutes remaining on Johnson Combs 51-yard run but DCS’ Joshua Poland answered quickly with a 65-yard dash of his own that accounted for the 41-6 halftime lead for the home team.
“We did what we needed to do tonight which was get out early and just pound the ball,” Delhi Charter Head Coach Brett Raley said after the game. “We had a lot of guys banged up after last week’s game so we had some guys step up tonight and get it done for us.”
Sound of Soul put on a rousing halftime show that hasn’t been seen much at DCS as very few Gator opponents have had an actual marching band.
The home crowd appreciated their efforts and obviously, so did the football team.
Trass got the opening kickoff in the second half and quickly moved down the field through the air as Quarterback Ma’Jayreon Steward connected with Fred Kelly on a 13-yard TD pass to cut the lead. However, Delhi Charter answered as Hale found Longino again for a 17-yard hookup and kept the lead at 36 going into the final quarter. DCS’ Donovan Wells got into the scoring for the Gators late in the final period on a nine-yard run setup by Quarterback Kameron Wicker’s 16-yard jaunt on the play before and that made the score 55-12.
Poland led the DCS ground game with 158 yards on only eight carries, while Hale ran up 92 yards on five totes. McDaniel added 31 yards on the ground, while Jinks and Stubblefield provided 27 and 26 respectively. Longino had three catches for all 56 yards through the air.
Steward, who had 48-yards rushing and 92 passing, tallied the final points as he lofted a pass over the middle to Sir James Peeler for a 32-yard catch and run. Peeler was the leading receiver with two catches for 30 yards. Combs finished the night with 63-yards rushing on five carries.
Delhi Charter improves to 4-4 on the season and will travel to Ferriday next Friday in the first ever meeting of these two schools. Ferriday features two LSU committed players and beat Mangham 48-0 last Friday. General Trass falls to 3-5 and will host Beekman Charter this week. Kickoff for both games is scheduled for 7 p.m.