Thrown to Wolves

Spring football: It's a struggle for Raiders vs. Deltona

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t wasn’t close, not on the scoreboard and not statistically.

Deltona 42, Crescent City 0.

The Wolves netted 408 yards in offense in a spring football game Monday night. The Raiders were held to 23, losing yards on 13 of 33 plays.

Only once did Crescent City come remotely close to scoring. Set up at the Deltona 15 after Dennis Barlow’s interception on the second play of the game, the Raiders were hit with two quick penalties and wound up trying a 44-yard field goal that was a little short and a little left.

It wasn’t close, as one might expect with a class 6A Deltona program with plenty of returnees from a 6-4 season and a 1A Crescent City club revamping its backfield after a 4-6 campaign.

And yet, according to coach Al Smith, the Raiders are closer than it looked on Wisnoski Field at Wiltcher Stadium.

“Youth,” said Smith, who had 18 in uniform and started and eighth-grader, Naykee Scott, at quarterback. “But they’ve got to fix it. Some of (the trouble) was effort. Depth is going to fix some of this.”

On the sidelines were five players expected to contribute this fall but ineligible Monday after having transferred to Crescent City in January. The Wolves suited up 34 and were able to keep players fresh in the second half, turning a 14-0 game into a rout.

It was a matter of quantity and quality with Deltona, according to Smith.

“They’re a good team. I expect them to win eight or nine games,” he said. “They played the kind of ball I like to play – ram it down your throat, throw it when you have to.”

Tremon Bright ran 18 times for 137 yards and one touchdown for Deltona, which netted 272 on the ground. Ramel Harrell completed 10 of 15 passes for 136 yards and touchdowns of 62 yards to Jalen Monroe and 32 to Mike Williams. Harrell ran seven times for 56 yards and another score.

Crescent City’s offensive highlights were pretty much limited to Bernard Wright, who ran 10 times for 72 yards, including a 49-yard dash in the first quarter and a 21-yard gain in the third. Wright was a leader on defense as well with a pass breakup and two tackles for losses.

“I’m expecting him to do a lot of things,” Smith said.

Scott managed 12- and 11-yard runs but spent much of the game on the run. No other Raider back had positive yards.

“I’m upset with my o-line because they played last year. I expected more. I didn’t see a whole lot of movement,” Smith said.

Harrell hit Monroe on a short pass that became a 62-yard touchdown as Deltona got on the board with 2:25 left in the first quarter. Darnell Uran kicked the first of his six extra points and it was 7-0.

Javelle Hankins went 3 yard for a touchdown at the 8:10 mark of the second period, capping an eight-play, 40-yard drive that followed a 25-yard punt.

Jerome Strong and J.J. Strong stopped Bright for a loss, then Wright broke up a pass as a 14-play Deltona drive stalled with 1:01 left in the half. The Wolves, though, struck for three touchdowns in the third quarter – Harrell’s 15-yard run, Bright’s 2-yard run that was set up by a Crescent City fumble and a short pass that Williams turned into 32 yards and a score.

The fourth quarter was played under a running clock. The Wolves managed one last touchdown, a 15-yard run by Cameron Myles with 1:10 remaining.