Delta scored on its fourth offensive play Friday against Greenfield-Central. The Eagles didn’t slow down for the rest of the first half in their home opener en route to a big win.
Delta (2-1) gained more than 20 yards per offensive play in the first half, jumping out to a 33-point halftime lead in what turned into a 48-8 victory over the Cougars (1-2.)
“We just wanted to play well, we just wanted to execute and be more physical on both sides of the ball,” Delta coach Grant Zgunda said. “I thought we did that. I told the players after the game, ‘I saw some lightbulbs going off all week long.’ “
The Eagles used their typical three-back scheme and spread out carries among all three of their principle running backs. Fullback Joe Spegal was their leading gainer, going for 149 yards and one touchdown on eight carries. Mason Bechdolt (77 yards) and Bryce Dishman (53 yards) each had two rushing touchdowns.
“That’s the nature of our offense, there’s basically five guys that can get the ball on any given play,” Zgunda said. “When it all works well, it looks like it did tonight. And Cade (Jones) threw the ball when we did throw, which wasn’t much, and the receivers caught it, ran good routes.”
Delta led 21-0 with 4:11 remaining in the first quarter. The Eagles needed just seven offensive plays to score the three touchdowns.
Greenfield-Central then executed a touchdown drive of more than 10 minutes to cut its deficit to 21-8. The Cougars then recovered an onside kick and had a chance to get within one score. But Alex Fuatavai picked off a pass on the next play, and Delta needed two more plays to go ahead 28-8.
Fuatavai had two interceptions for the game, and Delta also recovered two Greenfield-Central fumbles to generate a total of four turnovers. The Eagles also forced five punts. Greenfield-Central was limited to 112 yards of total offense and only 18 yards rushing.
The Eagles passed the ball 10 times for the game. Jones, the starting quarterback, was 4-for-6 with 71 yards and two passing touchdowns. One of his touchdowns went to Jalen Robinson, the other to Ryan Bickford.
The Eagles simplified their playbook this week after a 48-28 loss to Fort Wayne Carroll last week. Zgunda said he was uncertain if the system change was directly related to his team’s improved result. The Eagles are young, with a sophomore-heavy lineup, so their play just varies from week-to-week, Zgunda said.
Friday’s game was the Eagles’ conference opener. Their next game is at 7:15 p.m. on Sept. 8 at Lucas Oil Stadium against conference foe New Palestine.