New Castle at Delta (Week 6 HS Football)

Delta improved to 4-2 on the year after an easy 55-20 win over New Castle on Friday. It was the same story as most of the season, get the ball to Zach Mills. When they do, Delta has found out he’s pretty good. Mills went over 200 yards rushing again with five touchdowns. At this pace, he will break Joe Spegal’s school record for rushing yards in a season. It was just set last year. Through six games, Mills has 1369 yards and 16 Touchdowns this year. Those numbers would be startling but Delta fans have come to get used to having a stellar feature back. Mills has been known this season to have at least one big run in every game, however, it was fullback Logan Clawson who had the most impressive run of the night for 65 yards and a touchdown. It is often forgotten that for Mills to be successful you a) have to have a great offensive line and b) a very capable fullback leading the way. Delta, for the second straight year, have a check mark next to both of those.

There was adversity early for the Eagles. After an offensive outburst in week one, Delta lost two close games. They came into their rivalry matchup with Yorktown just 1-2. When adversity strikes, you have to make adjustments. Coach Grant Zgunda’s solution? Move Ball State recruit G Kaleb Slaven to blocking Tight End. The result? Three straight wins. In moving Slaven there, Delta has been able to set the edge for Zach Mills, a problem that Delta had had early in the year. It could have gone two different ways. In desperation, Coach Zgunda’s gamble could have allowing more penetration in the middle of line. However, it proved to do the opposite. The feel around the team has been different these past three weeks. More confidence. More of an identity. This bodes well for the final three contests and, more importantly, the IHSAA Tournament.

Delta heads to Pendleton Heights this upcoming week. Fox Sports Radio Muncie will broacast Greenfield Central at Yorktown this week.

Mark Foerster

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