Hebron looks for first victory against Delta Academy

By: 
RYAN PHILLIPS
DTL EDITOR

Despite a shutout home loss to open the 2018 season last week, the Hebron Christian School Eagles (0-1, 0-0) will look to notch one in the win column when they travel to Marks tonight to face the Delta Academy Raiders in varsity football action.

Hebron coach David Foster said he was proud of the hustle his squad put forth last week in the 26-0 loss and hopes to see more of it when they take the field.

“We’re going to try to run the ball and control the ball,” Foster said. “After an injury, we’re down to nine high school age players and five ninth and eighth graders.”

Delta Academy, led by fourth-year head coach Tim Melton, lost 49-22 at home last week against visiting Tallulah Academy. In 2017, the Raiders finished 5-6.

They did, however, defeat the Eagles by two touchdowns in jamboree action earlier this season.

The last time the two squads met in regular season play in 2016, the Raiders crushed the Eagles in a 41-0 victory in Pheba.

Foster said last week, his team saw several miscues but played strong first-half defense, going into the locker room down 6-0.

In looking at the scouting report, Foster said Delta will likely have 15 high school age players on the team, which may put his squad at a disadvantage in terms of on-field experience.

“They are always a hard hitting team,” Foster commented. “We are just going to find ways to put us in a position to make a play. In eight-man football, there’s a lot you can do on defense.”

Last week, Doug Loden led the way for the Eagles on both sides of the ball, with nine solo tackles and seven assists, along with a fumble recovery on defense. Elijah Parrish also contributed with a fumble recovery.

On offense, Loden carried the ball eight times for 65 yards to lead the team, with his longest carry of the night coming on a 29-yard scamper.

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