(8th Grade) Delta 20, Morehouse 12
Don't think the Bastrop-Delta High School merger ended the Morehouse Parish rivalry. Tuesday night's eighth grade game at Ram Stadium proved otherwise.
Christopher Bethea bulled into the endzone from two yards out for the winning score with 1:17 remaining as the Mustangs edged Morehouse Junior High 20-12 in front of a sizable crowd.
Starting from its own 40 with the score tied 12-12, Delta drove 60 yards on seven plays.
Jamarion Bonner threw to Zalance Heard for nine yards and Daylin Davis carried for 11 yards to push the Mustangs into Delta territory at the 40.
After an incomplete pass, Quintavious Penn and a host of Rams stopped Zalance Heard for a loss of two to bring up third-and-12.
Azariya Duncan then made a leaping 17-yard grab for a first down at the 25.
A false start backed the Mustangs up five to the 30. From there, Davis' 11-yard gain and an encroachment penalty against the Rams moved the chains to the 14.
Davis' 10-yard pickup and a facemask penalty gave the Mustangs another first down at the 2. From there, Bethea rumbled into the endzone standing up. Bethea also tacked on the 2-point conversion, extending Delta's lead to 20-12 with 1:17 to play.
Vincent Dorsey covered Delta's onside kick at the MJH 49.
Three plays later, Dontavious Madison's fumble recovery sealed the Delta victory.
MJH got off to a promising start as Donquarius Bennett exploded for a 57-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage.
Opening the game in the Wing-T with its two big men, Zalance Heard and Bethea in the backfield, Delta answered with a five-play, 57-yard drive. Bonner's 22-yard TD strike to Duncan tied the game at 6-6 with four minutes to play in the opening period.
Taking a pitch to the right side, Bennett raced 65 yards to put the Rams back in front 12-6.
MJH had scored on its first two offensive plays, but the Mustangs' defense would tighten up from there.
Delta countered with a six-play, 55-yard drive, highlighted by Bonner's 11-yard, game-tying TD pass to Zalance Heard early in the second quarter.
Delta finished with 141 yards of total offense (82 rushing, 59 passing). Bonner completed 4-of-7 passes for 59 yards to lead the balanced attack. Davis carried eight times for 40 yards, while Duncan had two key receptions for 39 yards.
Bennett was the Rams' offensive catalyst with 123 yards and the two long touchdown runs on four carries.
Delta held an overwhelming 26-14 edge in total offensive plays.
Among the game's defensive leaders were Jamirion Washington, Alan Myles, Jacarius Devoil and Mikel Thornhill for Delta and Martavious Adams, Martell Johnson, G'Maria Lumpkin and Jamari Heard for MJH.