Delta’s passing game key in Homecoming win against New Castle

<p>Delta defeated New Castle Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, by a score of 42-0. The Eagles scored six touchdowns as their passing game led the offense. <strong>Emily Wright, DN Graphic</strong></p>

Delta defeated New Castle Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, by a score of 42-0. The Eagles scored six touchdowns as their passing game led the offense. Emily Wright, DN Graphic

Fireworks filled the sky continuously in celebration of the scoring show Delta put on in its homecoming win, but things weren’t so bright for New Castle. The Eagles reached the end zone six times throughout the contest en route to a 42-0 victory. 

“We found another way to win,” Delta head coach Christopher Overholt said. “This year, we really haven’t called upon our passing game to lead the charge with our offensive production, but tonight they challenged our quarterback, offensive line and our receivers, and we answered the bell.” 

Delta quarterback Brady Hunt controlled the game from start to finish, and it all began on the Eagles’ first drive. He connected with Cameron Levers deep downfield, setting up a touchdown pass to Javaughn Whitefield to take the early lead. 

Levers then showed his worth on the other side of the ball when he ended a New Castle red zone drive with an interception, leading to another Delta touchdown for Delta to put them up, 14-0. 

Fans became familiar with Levers’ name over the public address system as he recorded more than half of Hunt’s total passing yards. 

“The offensive line did a good job blocking for Brady, and Brady just kept giving me a really good ball and giving me opportunities to catch the ball,” Levers said.  

Hunt racked up five touchdown passes and showed confidence airing the ball out to his teammates. 

“Their defense main goal was to shut down the run game, so when the outside was open, our coaches like us to take the shots,” Hunt said. 

New Castle’s offense struggled to find any rhythm in the contest, but the dagger to the little success they did have was turning the ball over in scoring position. The Trojans showed promise of putting points on the board to end the first half, but a tipped pass in the end zone landed in Delta cornerback Spencer St. John’s hands. 

“I really wanted to see our defensive secondary challenged, and New Castle is a very capable team,” Overholt said. “They have great receivers and a great quarterback that is very efficient, so we had to play really sound in our coverage. Our secondary was challenged, our pass rush was good and the defense played outstanding tonight.”  

Contact Daric Clemens with any comments a diclemens@bsu.edu or on Twitter @DaricClemens.

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