2008-10-01 / Sports

Oracles blanked by Blackhawks

Kevin Bender Contributing sportswriter

The Delphi Oracle football squad traveled to Sheridan Friday night for a conference matchup with the state's No. 1 Class A team and three-time Class A defending State Champions. The Blackhawks quickly had the game under their control, winning 50-0.

Karson Bender returned the game's opening kick to the 39 yard line but the Oracles went 4 and out and were forced to punt. Perkins of Sheridan took the pitch on the first play from scrimmage and sprinted 68 yards for an early 7-0 lead.

On the game's second drive, the Oracles moved the ball well, picking up a pair of first downs on an 11-yard strike from Dustin Salyer to Bender and a 10-yard pass from Salyer to Shane Hyman. On 4th down at the Sheridan 40, another 8-yard completion to Hyman but short of the 1st and the Oracles were forced to surrender possession.

Sheridan proceeded to ground out another score on 8 consecutive rushes and led 13-0. Another 4 and out saw the Oracles returning the ball and again Perkins scampered 49 yards on Sheridan's first play. The Blackhawks led 20-0 as the initial quarter closed.

During the second quarter, the Oracles were unable to move the sticks while Sheridan posted another 20 points highlighted by a 77-yard run and a 20-yard interception return by Sheridan's Nick Zachary. Sheridan led 40-0 at the break.

Zachary returned the second half kickoff to the 33 and then scored on the next play for a 47-0 lead. The teams traded possessions and the quarter closed with again, Zachary booting a 43-yard field goal for a 50-0 margin.

The Oracles moved the ball to open the fourth quarter and were able to again pick up first downs on a reverse by Bender and a pair of strong rushes by Salyer and Tanner Lynde. The drive stalled as a fourth down pass by Salyer was batted down.

After 2 plays, Sheridan fumbled and the Oracles were back in business on the Blackhawk 36. Matt Brown entered at quarterback and the Oracles gained 13 yards on a double reverse to Bender, down to the Sheridan 23. There though, the drive stalled and Sheridan ran remaining time from the clock.

Delphi hosts the Rensselaer Bombers for Senior Night this Friday in the season's final home game. The 1948 Delphi Oracle football team and cheerleaders will be recognized Friday night at Berto Field during the Delphi-Rensselaer game. Those attending are asked to gather at 7:30 p.m. for recognition at 8 p.m.

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