On Sept. 2 Delta’s Mustangs played against the Sacramento City College Panthers but lost 38-55.
Delta’s team held the lead score for the first half but started feeling the heat later in the game. The temperature was no joke that day as it reached a high of 103 degrees and everyone had to stay hydrated.
“We got a lot of young guys these year and a lot of new freshmen,” said head coach Gary Barlow.
Some of the freshmen players Barlow mention include quarterback Wayne Brooks, outside linebacker Jacob Tatupu, defensive backer Darryl Kapule and linebacker Andrew Farley.
These are just some of the people mentioned as the team as a whole started the game beating off the sun’s heat and doing well only to fall short at the end.
“This game will have no effect in the future,” said Barlow, indicating his team will continue to improve.
“Sometimes you win and sometime you lose and as cliché as that sounds that’s just the way it works,” said Barlow, after the game.
Delta’s fans agreed that the talent is new, and that winning and losing can never be fully decided until after a game.
“The team is doing well. The coach is doing a good job as it takes a while to help new players,” said Willie Smith, grandfather to Andrew Farler.
He wasn’t the only one thinking these as Luis Maciel, the uncle to outside linebacker Gerardo Maciel, agreed.
“They are running a great program compared to high school football as they let the players get the proper rest they need,” said Maciel. The Mustangs will play next at De Anza College in Cupertino on Sept 14 at 1 p.m.
The Mustangs next home game will be against Santa Rosa Jr. College Saturday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m.