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Hawks still perfect
3-0 start for Delhi to open season
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Jesse Flores has an outstanding game against Big Valley Christian with 3 touch downs and a fumble recovery. The Hawks won the game 38-6. - photo by CANDY PADILLA/The Journal

Delhi High rolled over Big Valley Christian High with a 38-6 win at home on Friday night, just a week before their league opener.

The Hawks (3-0) got off to a slow start in the first quarter, however, with multiple penalties against them.

“We were prepared for kickoff at 7:30 and were told in the locker room we had a half hour to get ready,” Delhi head coach Rod McCombs said. “I give it to Big Valley because they were prepared and they executed their game plan real well.”

A turnover on downs gave the Hawks the best field position of the first half at the 40-yard line and Louie Avalos capitalized on that with a 60-yard touchdown with 8:39 left in the first half to put the Hawks first on the board.

The second of three interceptions from the Hawk’s defense was followed by a 22-yard completion to put Delhi at first and goal.  Avalos found Jesse Flores in the end zone to extend the lead to 14-0 after a successful two-point conversion.

“It feels good to be on offense and defense—it’s fun,” Flores said. “I like working the ball, scoring touchdowns and making tackles, too.”

With 12 seconds left in the first half, Fabian Garcia ran for 23 yards and at the end of the play the Lions committed a personal foul that landed the Hawks at their opponent’s 22-yard line. They completed the drive and the first half with a field goal to head into halftime with a score of 17-0.

“That drive gave us momentum and I think put a damper on Big Valley’s spirits,” McCombs said. “They saved time for us on the clock and we took advantage of that time.”

Avalos struck again with an 18-yard touchdown run to keep the momentum rolling for the Hawks in the third quarter before Flores extended his team’s lead with a 12-yard touchdown run, giving Delhi a making it 31-0.

Big Valley Christian finally got on the scoreboard at the end of the third, but was quiet the rest of the night.

“I would put our secondary against any set of receivers in the league right now,” McCombs said. “I truly honestly believe that we have the best secondary in the league, it’s going to be real touch for other teams to try and throw passes against us on a consistent basis.”

The Hawks recovered a fumble with 2:58 left in the game and Flores added another touchdown in the same drive to end the game, 38-6.

Delhi opens league play at home next Friday at 7:30 against Denair High.

“It’s just another week for us, we’re going are going to look at their film and we are going to prepare,” McCombs said. “These guys have been real good at improving their football IQ you can see it each week—they are getting better and better.”