By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
A big win in the season opener came with fears of a potential letdown Friday night.
But Del City wouldn’t have it.
The Eagles (2-0) followed up their impressive debut with a 27-6 victory over Tulsa Booker T. Washington (0-2) at S.E. Williams Stadium.
“To go out and beat Choctaw and then turn around and not have a drop off against Booker T. Washington just shows where our program is at,” said coach Robert Jones. “We always want to schedule tough non-district games because it gives us that foundation for district play.”
Choctaw and Booker T. Washington are favorites to win Class 6A-II this season.
Del City played brilliant defensively and took advantage of several miscues by the Hornets for the road victory. The Eagles forced four fumbles and had one interception.
“Our defense was itching to perform after not playing up to our standards against Choctaw,” Jones said. “We have a great foundation and showed what we can do.”
D’Marion Turner scored three touchdowns with two rushing and a fumble recovery on special teams. Senior Kanijal Thomas grabbed an interception for the second game this season.
Despite success on special teams and defense, Jones said they need more production on offense. He believes they could have been more aggressive in the passing game.
“The scary thing is we’re only playing to about 70% of our potential right now,” Jones said. “I think there are some things that we need to clean up. We need to keep our foot on the gas.”
The Eagles jumped on the board first after a poor punt gave them great field position. Braelon Adamah moved the ball near the goal line. Turner later scored on 2-yard touchdown run from the wildcat for a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Just a few minutes later, Del City delivered a defensive stop and a quick score. They stopped the Hornets on fourth down from their own 26. Quarterback Dkalin Godwin then avoided a sack and slung the ball to Jaylan Sweet who raced 71 yards to the end zone. A missed extra point made it a 13-0 score with 5:17 in the second.
Another big special teams play led to another score for the Eagles. Jashawn McCalister recovered a fumbled punt on the Hornet 11. Two plays later, Turner again scored from the wildcat formation just before halftime.
Del City led 20-0 at the break.
In the third quarter, Washington put together their only scoring drive of the night to make it a two-possession game. Senior quarterback Lathan Boone hit Grayson Chalk for a 9-yard score. A missed extra point made it a 20-6 score.
Del City added another touchdown off special teams to round out the scoring. The Hornets again fumbled a punt and Adameh recovered it in the end zone for the 27-6 score.
Up next for the Eagles will be a clash with rival Midwest City Friday night at Rose Field. The Bombers are coming off a season-opening loss to Carl Albert. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.