By Brad Greer
Five years from now, if someone were to ask Conor Ferguson what he remembered about homecoming 2009 he would be quick to answer.
“That was my very first touchdown,” said Ferguson. “I’ve recovered a fumble or two but I’ve never scored a touchdown before so yeah it is something I will always remember.”
With North Delta leading 13-0 late in the first quarter, the offensive lineman turned running back bulldozed his way in from two yards out to extend the lead to 20-0 after Bryan Nickle’s successful PAT. The rest of the night was all Green Wave as they celebrated a homecoming victory with a 42-6 romp over Greenville Christian Friday night.
The win by North Delta, (7-2) sets up a huge district matchup with Kirk Academy Friday night at North Delta for the runner-up spot in District 1-AA. Kirk (4-5) dropped a 14-0 verdict to Leake in a non-district contest Friday.
The Green Wave had very little trouble dismantling the Saints as they found their way into the end zone on their first five possessions of the first half to take a 34-0 halftime lead.
Junior tailback Tres Brasell got the scoring started with a 13-yard touchdown run on the Green Wave’s first drive of the game. After forcing the Saints to punt on the series, Brasell scored his ninth touchdown of the season on a 10-yard run to cap off a six-play, 59-yard drive to make the score 13-0 after Nickle’s extra point attempt sailed wide right.
The Green Wave defense set up a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter as senior linebacker John Paul Keel pounced on a Greenville Christian fumble at the Saints 27. Quarterback Derek Shawn connected with Chris Reeves for a 13-yard reception. Two plays later, Shawn hit John Cody Dalrymple on a 14-yard scoring strike. Dalrymple added the two-point conversion to make the score 28-0 with 11:02 remaining before halftime.
On Greenville’s next drive, Anthony Pike stepped in front of an attempted pitch out by Saint quarterback Devonte McPherson and rumbled 27 yards to the Saints’ seven-yard line. Two plays later, Shawn plowed his way in from one yard out for the score. Nickle added the PAT for a 34-0 lead at intermission.
“We just wanted to go out and take control of the game and we did that early on in the game. Our kids knew what we had to do and they went out and played hard. I thought their team came out and played hard also. Their quarterback has got a strong arm and No. 5 (Kendal Parker) is a good receiver as well, but we just out-played them. Now we have got to get ready for a big game next week against Kirk,“ said North Delta head coach Dan Werner.
North Delta closed out the scoring late in the third quarter as Kasey Livingston hooked up with Hayden Renfro on a 16-yard scoring pass. Catlin McArthur added the two-point conversion to make the score 42-0. Greenville Christian got on the board midway through the fourth period on a four-yard run by McPherson.
North Delta finished the night with 292 yards total offense including 234 yards rushing. Brasell led the way with 123 yards on 11 carries. Sophomore Chris Rodgers followed with 90 yards on 19 totes. Shawn finished the night with 3-of-4 passing for 42 yards while Livingston was 1-of-4 for 16 yards. Michael Magee also caught one pass for 15 yards.
The Green Wave defense meanwhile held Greenville Christian to minus four yards rushing and 104 total offense on the night. North Delta was penalized eight times for 67 yards while Greenville Christian was penalized six times for 55 yards.