Delta Charter, Sicily Island look to end losing skids Friday

Published 11:40 pm Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Both Delta Charter School and Sicily Island High School are attempting to end a pair of lengthy losing streaks when they square off Friday.

Delta Charter (1-6, 0-4) has lost its last six games, while Sicily Island (0-6, 0-4) is still in search of its first win of the year.

“It’s going to take our best game to get a win,” Delta Charter coach Zach Rogel said. “We are going to have to play well for four quarters.”

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Despite each team’s struggles, both squads have narrowly missed wins in recent weeks.

The Storm fell to Tensas High School 32-29 on Oct. 7, while the Tigers lost 19-18 in overtime last Friday to Delhi.
Sicily Island coach Curtis Shavers said his squad has put last week’s emotional loss behind them.

“Practice has been great this week,” he said. “They’re looking forward to the challenge Friday night against Delta Charter. They understand (last week) is a game they should have won, but we beat ourselves with penalties in the fourth quarter.”

Delta Charter, meanwhile, had little trouble moving the ball in last week’s 45-19 loss against Delhi Charter. The Storm tallied 403 yards total, including 110 passing yards from quarterback Lee Lancaster.

Rogel said he has been impressed throughout the season with the play of his offense.

“It’s something we worked hard on over the summer,” the first-year coach said. “It’s a lot of material, but the guys came into it really well, they’ve owned it, and everybody is excited about it. Everybody is getting touches and contributing to the game. We have athletes, and we have to get the ball in their hands.”

Shavers said he has been equally impressed with Delta Charter, particularly its offense.

“They like to spread things out and play up-tempo,” he said. “They like to catch you in one-on-one situations and spread you out so the quarterback can do his thing.”

Shavers said the key for his squad Friday night is to play at the same level it did in last week’s overtime loss.

“If it wasn’t for some penalties at the wrong time, we would have won,” he said. “If we can keep that momentum, that same attitude going, we should be OK against Delta Charter.”

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Sicily Island.