By Brad Greer
After dropping a 6-0 district loss to Marshall Academy last week, the North Delta Green Wave will look to get back on the winning track tonight as they host Marvell, (Ark.) in a non-district clash starting at 7:30. North Delta defeated the Eagles 34-21 last season when both teams were in district 1-1A.
Both teams will come into tonight’s game with a record of 3-2 on the season. Marvell jumped out to a 3-0 start with victories over West Memphis (33-8), Strider (54-6) and Bayou (59 – 20) before losing to district rivals Desoto (32-14) and Tunica Institute (40-18).
“Marvell has a really good ball team, they were leading Desoto at halftime and trailed Tunica by 12 points at the end of the third quarter so they have been competitive in every game they have played in this season,” said North Delta head coach Dan Werner.
Werner went on to say he has been working hard on the offensive side of the ball in hopes of breaking out of a mid-season slump the Green Wave are currently in. North Delta has not scored a touchdown in the last five quarters.
“We just want to get better as a team, we are trying a few new things out on offense and hopefully it will work. But sometimes you have to look at yourself as a coach and ask what can you do to get better and that is what I have done. It all falls back on us as coaches to make things right,” said Werner.
The Eagles are led by senior quarterback Ethan Spratlin along with wingbacks Jordan and Dakota Geisler. Sophomore Seth Mullinax leads the receiving corps with three touchdown receptions.
“They are basically a power football team. They line up with two wingbacks and two tightends and just run the ball right at you. They are very similar to Magnolia Heights on offense. No. 11 ( Jordan Geisler) runs the ball hard and they have a couple of big offensive linemen,” said Werner.
Werner went on to say that the flu bug has hit the Green Wave team this week as four starters have been infected. “We are just going to have to wait and see Friday if they play,” said Werner in a Thursday interview.