2008-10-08 / Sports

Rensselaer crushes Oracles

By Todd Swank Contributing sportswriter

It appeared the Delphi Oracle football team might get its first victory of the year against the Rensselaer Bombers, but a disastrous third period which saw the Oracles outscored 21-0, ensured that the team would have to wait another week for the elusive win. Final score was 45-7, Rensselaer.

The Bombers started the scoring on their first possession with a seven-play, 81- yard drive, all on the ground, to take a 6-0 lead. The extra point was no good. Dustin Salyer's 51-yard punt a short time later was downed on the Bomber eight. On the next play Rensselaer's Ben Ahler broke through the line and was headed for a touchdown when Dustin Salyer gave chase and finally brought the speedy runner down at the 11-yard line. Salyer's heroics, however, did not prevent a score. On the next play Bomber Randy Kaufman ran the remaining yards for a TD. This time a two-point conversion stretched the score to 14-0.

Delphi advanced the ball to the Bomber five-yard line with Tanner Lynde carrying the ball five times, before turning the ball over on downs to end the first period.

With the help of a holding penalty the Oracles held the Bombers, who punted early in the second. Delphi couldn't move the ball and punted the ball away. The receiver dropped the ball and an alert Braden Atwood fell on it at the Bomber 22-yard line. A nine-yard pass from Salyer to Atwood set up a short TD run by Lynde. An extra point by David Furnes made the score 14-7.

The Bombers looked as though they were going for another TD when the Oracle defense stiffened forcing Rensselaer to kick a 28-yard FG. The score at the half was 17-7, Rensselaer.

Bomber Tyler Bohannon took the second half kickoff and returned it 72 yards. Only a shoestring tackle by Salyer prevented another TD, but setting up a short field for Rensselaer. On first and goal at the five an errant pitch was recovered by Delphi to stop the score. The Bombers weren't stopped for long though. On first down Oracle Salyer fumbled the ball and Rensselaer promptly recovered. It took two plays for the Bomber lead to be pushed to 24-7.

After halting the Oracles, Rensselaer needed only two plays to cover 49 yards to score. Four minutes later the rout was on when Rensselaer went ahead 38-7 on a 53-yard scamper down the right sideline.

Early in the fourth period Brad Roth blocked and recovered a Bomber field goal attempt. It did little good though as the Oracles were unable to move the ball and had to punt it away. Rensselaer used up the rest of the game clock on a 52-yard drive that pushed the score to the final of 45-7.

The Oracles gained 104 yards with Lynde getting 26, while the Bombers gained 471 yards on the night.

Delphi's home part of the season is over, unless they get to host a sectional. They travel to Benton Central for a 7 p.m. start on Friday, followed by a road game at Tipton on the 17th for a 7:30 start.

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