Delta Charter travels to Jonesboro-Hodge for playoff contest

Published 12:35 am Friday, November 9, 2018


FERRIDAY — Despite winning just two games overall and one game in LHSAA District 2-1A, the Delta Charter School Storm advanced to the Class 1A Playoffs as the No. 24 seed out of the 27 teams that got in.

Delta Charter (2-8), which finished seventh at 1-6 in its eight-team district, will have its hands full today at 7 p.m. when it travels to Jonesboro, La. to take on the No. 9 seed Jonesboro-Hodge High School Tigers in a first-round game.

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Storm head coach Blake Wheeler said that he as well as the players are ready for the challenge that Jonesboro-Hodge presents.

“They have been very focused. Very intense this week in practice,” Wheeler said. “Overall, this has been one of our better weeks of practice this season. They’ve brought a lot of excitement.”

The Tigers won five games in a row before falling to Green Oaks High School 37-22 last Friday night in a non-district game. They enter the postseason with a 6-4 overall record. They finished second behind undefeated and No. 2 seed Haynesville High School in District 1-1A.

“They’re a really athletic team. Their quarterback, their running back, their No. 1 wide receiver. Their coach (Terrance Blankenship) does a good job of designing different ways of getting them the ball. They’re as good of a trio as we’ve seen,” Wheeler said. “Defensively, they are fundamentally sound across the board. They play a 4-3. They cover everything. They have a good secondary, a good group of linebackers and a big defensive line. We’ve got our work cut out for us. There’s a reason they’re No. 9.”

Wheeler said that taking care of the little things as well as withstanding any initial scoring surge by the Tigers will be among the things it will take for Delta Charter to get what would be a road upset win tonight.

“We’ve really done well the last couple of weeks blocking soundly and tackling sound. With Jonesboro-Hodge, if you miss a tackle, they’ll make you play. During practice this week, one thing we’ve worked on is make sure we shore up on our tackling,” Wheeler said. “If they get out to a lead, we’ve got to clear our minds and focus on realizing that it’s four quarters. I think our guys are up to the challenge.”