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Del City hammers East Central in district opener

Del City’s Ricklan Holmes scores a touchdown Friday against Tulsa East Central. Photo by Nyk Perez

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

Del City’s football team got off to a smashing start in district play.

The Eagles rolled Tulsa East Central 73-0 Friday night at Robert Kalsu Stadium.

They scored in all three phases of the game with eight different players posting a touchdown.

Quarterback River Warren was 14 of 17 for 255 yards and four touchdowns. Sophomore Keddarius Palmer had two of those scores. Braelon Adamah and Ladanian Fields also had a receiving touchdown. Ladanian also had a punt return touchdown.

Senior running back Rodney Fields had two scores on just seven carries. Ricklan Holmes and Jeremiah Myles also found the end zone.

Del City (3-0, 1-0 District 5A-3) added a pair of defensive scores from Christian Akadiri and Tou’Ray Wheeler.

It didn’t take long for Del City to get on the scoreboard. Rodney Fields blasted a defender on his way to a 12-yard touchdown with 10:39 in the first.

On Del City’s next possession, Adamah made a diving catch in the end zone for a 35-yard touchdown grab.

An interception by Jashawn McCalister set up the Eagles third score of the quarter. Holmes broke six tackles on his way to a 30-yard touchdown run.

Warren later found Palmer for his first score – a 28-yard touchdown pass. That put the Eagles on top 28-0 after one quarter of play.

In the second quarter, Del City found the end zone three more times. Rodney Fields ran for his second touchdown of the night, and his cousin Ladanian Fields scored on a 56-yard punt return. Palmer rounded out the scoring with his second TD catch from Warren.

Del City led 48-0 at halftime.

The Eagles pushed the lead in the second half. Warren connected with Ladanian Fields for his fourth score of the night, on a 31-yard pass in the third quarter. Wheeler capped the scoring with a five-yard fumble return to put his team on top 60-0.

In the fourth quarter, Myles scored on a 10-yard run, and Akadiri had a 56-yard interception return.

Del City hits the road Friday night for a big game against McAlester (3-1, 1-0) . The Buffaloes, who played in the last two Class 5A state championship games, beat Tulsa Memorial 55-0 last week.


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