Despite being underestimated, the Mustangs continue to silence the critics.
Last weekend’s game against the higher-ranked American River College (ARC) may have been the most important game for the program so far.
The Mustangs demonstrated teamwork and mental focus throughout the game, which led to a 31-14 victory.
The California Community Colleges Football Coaching Association favored American River not only to win this game but also to win the Valley Conference.
The victory has made a huge statement to people throughout California, leaving teams fearful that Delta’s confidence could grow stronger.
Offensive weapon De’Marieya Nelson has been key to the team’s success.
With his knowledge of the game and 6’3” 230-pound build he can play nearly any offensive position including running back, quarterback, tight end and wide receiver.
“I have faith in my team, if we keep growing stronger together and playing hard until the final second it is going to be hard for other teams to not see us as big competitors,” said Nelson.
Nelson led the team in rushing with 131 yards and averaging 6.9 yards a carry during the match against ARC. He showed versatility, pulling in multiple catches from the tight end and wide receiver position, averaging 7.2-yards a catch.
Nelson’s ability to consistently put points on the scoreboard has helped him obtain 5th rank in scoring within the conference.
“Hard work pays off, so I want to work even harder to lead my team in the best direction for the future,” said Nelson.
As a team, Delta has surpassed expectations this season, by averaging 35.5 points a game and protecting their 5-1 record placing them first in the conference.
The next home game is against powerhouse Fresno City College at 1 p.m. on Oct. 27 at DeRicco Field.