By ROY LANG III, Journal Sports
STONEWALL — When North DeSoto running back Sam Odom found quarterback Luke Delafield for a 15-yard touchdown late in the first quarter, Evangel head coach Denny Duron may have been mad, but he wasn’t unimpressed.
“That’s my stuff,” Duron said. “That’s the stuff I love.”
The score gave the Griffins an early two-touchdown lead. Although Evangel pulled within eight points before halftime, North DeSoto was never really threatened in a 37-14 victory.
In addition to his touchdown catch, the freshman Delafield threw four touchdown passes as the Griffins moved to 7-0 (4-0 in District 1-4A).
“He’s phenomenal,” North DeSoto head coach Dennis Dunn said of Delafield. “He made some throws that were amazing, but then he looked like a freshman at times. The expectation is so high for him, we have to remember he’s just a freshman. He’s such a special guy.”
Delafield completed 12 of 23 passes for 257 yards, but was stymied by three interceptions.
“Our defense was lights out tonight,” Dunn said. “That was the difference.”
North DeSoto pressured Evangel quarterback Peyton Fulghum throughout the evening. The Eagles (3-4, 2-2) missed some potential scoring opportunities early, and couldn’t keep up with the Griffins’ frenetic pace.
“This game is famous for not owing you another chance,” Duron said.
Fulghum was 27 of 46 passing for 263 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Fulghum’s brother, Parker, posted 12 catches for 110 yards. Tyreek Robinson caught six passes for 82 yards, including a 57-yard score.
The Griffins have already piled up seven wins and boast one of the most potent offenses in the state, but even during a season full of big plays, Delafield smiled a little wider when describing his scoring catch.
“We’ve had that play in since Week 1,” he said. “You could have drove a truck through there. I walked (into the end zone). It worked, so we’ll have to come up with a new one now.”
Don’t dare call the next one a “gadget” play.
“That disrespects the play,” Duron said. “Let’s call them special plays. They were beautifully executed.”
Duron and Dunn, decades-long friends and architects of the glory days at Evangel, enjoyed a long embrace following the game. As the teams comingled at the 50-yard line, Duron addressed the bunch.
And put a little pressure on the Griffins.
“You’re lucky to have coach Dunn and he’s lucky to have you,” Duron said. “I have a special feeling about this year. I think you guys are going to win it all.”
Dunn attempted to downplay the prediction.
“We just want to go 1-0 (next week),” Dunn said. “I’m going to coach speak this. This is a special team and we’re having a special season so far, but we still have a lot of quality football ahead of us.”
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North DeSoto 37, Evangel 14
Score by quarters
Evangel | 0 | 7 | 7 | 0 | – 14
N. DeSoto | 15 | 0 | 22 | 0 | – 37
ND – Cole Cory 21 pass from Luke Delafield (Landon Falls kick)
ND – Delafield 19 pass from Sam Odom 19 (Delafield run)
E – Peyton Fulghum 1 run (Kaegan Kent)
ND – Falls 62 pass from Delafield (Falls kick)
ND – Cory 40 pass from Delafield (Falls kick)
ND – Brian Banks 21 pass from Delafield (Delafield run)
E – Tyreek Robinson 57 pass from Fulghum (Kent kick)
Evangel – Dashawn Johnson 4-4, Peyton Fulghum 11-(-52), Damari Drake 5-23.
North DeSoto – Brian Banks 15-56, John Lewis 17-58, Luke Delafield 2-(-1).
Evangel – Fulghum 27-46-3, 263 yards.
North DeSoto – Delafield 12-23-3, 257 yards, Sam Odom 1-1-0, 19 yards.
Evangel – Parker Fulghum 12-110, Tyreek Robinson 6-82, Judah Whorton 7-59, Brayden Curry 2-12.
North DeSoto – Odom 1-65, Cole Corry 6-97, Trysten Hopper 2-7, Delafield 1-19, Landon Falls 2-68, Banks 1-21.