Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Delta mars Green Wave’s district record with 23-13 win
By Angie Ledbetter
The Delta Academy Raiders won bragging rights with a 23-13 win over the North Delta Green Wave Friday night.
The Green Wave had a 2-0 district record going into the game.
“Delta came out swinging and we got their best shot,” said head Green Wave coach Richard Russo. “We did not respond as a team the way we should have or the way I know we can. We lost the turnover battle and the time of possession battle. Both of those things caused us not to be able to get any kind of rythym offensively.”
The Green Wave had a chance to take the lead in the third quarter and stalled out in the red zone.
“That cannot happen,” Russo said. “You have to find a way to put the ball in the endzone and take the lead and the momentum back. We have to move on and not allow this loss to beat us again. We still have many opportunities to accomplish and some great things this season, but we have to finish.”
The Raiders got on the scoreboard first when Trent Sinquefield scored on a one-yard keeper and the PAT was good by Taylor Bailey with 8:29 on the clock in the first quarter.
With 2:16 left in the first quarter, Green Wave J.T. Dalrymple intercepted the Raiders’ ball.
Michael Johnson scored on a 47-yard run and the PAT was good by Dalrymple to tie the ballgame with only 42.7 seconds left in the first quarter of the game.
Raiders’ Bailey kicked a 34-yard field goal with 4:29 left in the second quarter. A few plays later, the Green Wave fumbled the ball and the Raiders recovered it on the Green Wave’s 41 yard line.
The Green Wave defense held the Raiders to a field goal. Bailey kicked a 29-yard field goal with less than a minute left in the first half to take a 13-7 halftime lead.
The Raiders scored in the third quarter of the game with 5:09 on the clock. Bailey kicked a 42-yard field goal for a 16-7 lead over the Green Wave at the end of the third quarter.
The Green Wave still had a chance to get back into the game at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
The Raiders scored again with 2:21 left on the clock when Sinquefield scored on a two-yard keeper. With Bailey’s PAT the Radiers led 23-7.
The Green Wave kept fighting. With three seconds left in the game, Johnson scored on a seven-yard pass from Bateman Greenlee. The two point conversion failed.
The Green Wave had 128 yards rushing and were five of 13 on passing for 36 yards for a total offense of 169 yards. They had 2 punt returns for 21 yards and 4 kickoff returns for 39 yards.
Johnson had four carries for 55 yards with one touchdown. Dalrymple had 13 carries for 53 yards.
Greenlee completed two of seven passes for 27 yards with one touchdown.
Johnson had three receptions for 11 yards with one touchdown.
On the defensive side of the ball, John Paul Keel led the Green Wave team with 19 tackles and one tackle for a loss, followed by Britt Lawrence with 15; and Hunter West 11.
The Raiders had 248 yards rushing and 31 passing yards with one interception for a total offense of 279 yards.
Leading the Raiders on offense was Trent Sinquefield with 176 yards on 32 carries with 2 touchdowns.
The North Delta Green Wave will be back in action on Friday night when they host the Marvell Academy Eagles from Marvell, Ark. in a homecoming district game.
The theme is Survivor and the school will host theme days each day. School will dismiss early Friday at 11:30 a.m.