OXFORD – Oxford came up with a number of big stops in regulation. It needed one more in overtime to seal a key division victory.
Delhi deflated the Blackhawks’ victory hopes when Anthony Salerno found Jacob Sackett in the endzone for the two-point conversion giving the Bulldogs a 22-21 seesaw win over Oxford Friday night.
After Oxford went ahead in overtime on Andrew Golden’s 20-yard TD reception from John Wonka – and Golden tacked on the extra-point kick – Delhi responded with a score in two plays. Jack Fletcher rumbled up the middle with back-to-back 10-yard gains, the latter cutting the Oxford lead to 21-20. The Bulldogs used a fake handoff to Fletcher as Salerno dropped back and lofted a soft pass to a wide-open Sackett for the winning points.
“It was a chess match all game, and you hate to see anyone lose like that,” said Oxford coach Mike Chrystie. “They were a physical team and we were a physical team. It came down to who outlasted who, and they made the two-point conversion to beat us by one.”
Delhi had varying amounts of success throughout the game as it continually tinkered with formations to solve the Oxford defense. Fletcher ran 30 times gaining 152 yards, and the last two runs were among the few times he had any daylight against a stout Oxford defense.
“We were standing around (the coaching staff), and we were about out of ideas on offense,” said longtime Delhi coach Dave Kelly, who admitted he dug deep into the playbook a couple of times. “They did a nice job on us, and they did last year. We’ve had three games with them the last four or five years, and they’ve all been decided by a touchdown or less, and two times by one point.”