Delhi High football, ranked No.7 in the Division VI Sac-Joaquin Section playoff bracket, was chasing history and a possible upset but they were unable to muster a good enough game plan against a near flawless Bradshaw Christian squad (last year's Div. VI champions) which rushed for 295 yards on Thursday and continued their win streak with a 35-3 beating over the Hawks of Delhi.
“They were a good team and it showed. We did a great job of slowing down their run, but their play action passing is what got us,” said Delhi coach Erik Martinez.
Delhi ended its season with an 8-3 overall record, with all of the losses coming in four of the last contests played after starting the season at a historic 7-0.
Things looked good for the Hawks of Delhi until they ran into a wall at Denair against the determined Coyotes and were shutout for the first time all season in a 14-0 defeat back on Oct. 21.
From there they lost the following contest to Orestimba, only to win their regular season finale against Ripon Christian followed by their first round loss in the postseason.
BC managed to get three sacks, an interception and recovered a fumble against the Hawks on Thursday.
“We just made mistakes on offense and they converted a lot of third and fourth downs. We moved the ball on them, but we would make a mistake that hurt our drive, or a turnover as well,” said Martinez.
The team ends the year with the most wins in a single season for any Hawks team in program history.
Delhi managed to outscore their opponents altogether, scoring 357 points while allowing just 150 in 11 games.
“I couldn't have been more prouder of this team,” said Martinez, “of the work they showed and did this season. Our senior class did a great job of leading this team and showing a great example on how to work hard for what you want. They set the bar high for the underclassmen.
“We know our under class will continue to work just as hard or more to keep making history and continuing to build this program.”