Delcambre squares off with No. 3 Delhi Charter

DELCAMBRE - Delcambre head coach Darcy Delcambre said last week after his Panther’s 44-22 win over LaSalle that all the teams remaining in the postseason, including his, were good teams.

That group also includes No. 3 Delhi Charter. The Panthers will play host to Gators at 7 p.m. Delcambre said there is not much secret in what the Gators will try to do.

“They are a team that wants to run the football,” said Delcambre. “But they will throw the football if they have to.”

When it comes to the offense, Delcambre has his team prepared for what Delhi Charter will bring to the field. It is something else that has Delcambre a bit concerned.

“Our biggest concern,” said Delcambre, “is going to be their size.”

The Gators have some bulk up front and in the backfield. Delcambre said the Gators’ lead back looks like a combination of Gueydan’s Darin Gums and Loreauville’s Dillon Anthony. Delhi Charter’s size has not kept Delcambre up at night, though.

“Gueydan and LaSalle were bigger than us, too,” said Delcambre of his team’s last two wins. “Delhi Charter just has a little bit more kids with size.”

Delhi Charter does not have a numbers advantage on the Panthers. And, like the Panthers, the Gators have several players going both ways.

“There are a lot of similarities,” said Delcambre of the two teams. “I think our advantage is we have three running backs, actually four running backs with our quarterback.”

The Panthers rushed for more than 2,700 yards this season. Lane Reaux led the way with 918 yards on 139 attempts. Jorey Renard followed with 798 yards on 91 carries. Fullback Kyle Romero bulled his way to 542 yards on 99 hauls. Chris Esponge (77 rushing yards) and Josh Ruiz (262 yards) add the threat of the run from the quarterback spot.

“We have kind of adjusted a few things on offense,” said Delcambre. “We want to try to get some of their big bodies out of the picture.

“If our football team plays the way we have the past few weeks, I think it will be a good game.”

This will also be a “good” game for the fans of Delcambre because it is at home. As Delcambre said, “You always like to be in your friendly confines.” It has been a while since the Panthers have played this deep into a season.

“I am glad for our kids and I am glad for the community,” said Delcambre. “The last time we had a run like this was in 1999. We got beat out in this round by Grambling that year.

“I told our kids, one more step and we will make a little history. If that happens, we will have gone as far as the 1992 team that went 12-1.

“I think the kids are excited.”

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