The Delhi High varsity football team saw its three-game win streak come to a bracing halt on Friday in an 8-40 loss to a visiting Orestimba High team on the Hawks' homecoming night.
The first half of the Delhi’s homecoming game was plagued with incomplete passes and false start penalties on behalf of the Hawks, in turn giving up plenty of precious yards to the Orestimba Warriors.
With Orestimba’s Austin Martin’s leading his team with multiple touchdowns in the first half, Delhi struggled to recover from its early mistakes.
Going into the second half, Delhi was down by 20 points and still struggling to get numbers on the board.
Delhi head coach Rod McCombs felt that his team had an off night.
“We needed to improve on the three basic parts of football: run, block and tackle,” McCombs said. “If we would’ve done those three things better tonight, the outcome would have been a little bit different.”
With the Warriors on the goal line and in position to score another touchdown, the first of many injuries occurred when Delhi’s Robert Diers was struck hard taking him out for the rest of the game.
More injuries in the third quarter came about when Delhi linemen Jesse Flores and Alejandro Pulido were struck down temporarily.
McCombs mentioned that the players’ injuries were nothing too serious, and mostly just “injured pride.”
With Orestimba tucking away three more touchdowns before the start of the fourth quarter, the score was set at a staggering 0-40.
The Hawks then began to push for a more offensive position with Delhi’s Jesus Soto and Jose Davalos gaining some much-needed yardage.
Orestimba also began to suffer from the night’s overall trend of penalties when the Warriors were pegged with personal fouls and pass interference, giving Delhi its golden opportunity.
After Delhi’s Miguel Calles completed yards to the goal line on third down, Jesse Flores recovered a ball fumbled in the Hawks’ end zone, giving Delhi its first — and only — touchdown in the final few minutes of the game.
Delhi’s Samuel Ramirez followed up his team’s touchdown with a 2-point conversion, making the score of the night 8-40.
McCombs said he hopes to turn the team’s game around during this week’s practice.
The Hawks will play Le Grand at the Delhi home field next Friday night.