Delphi wins homecoming game; Marilyn Berto honored

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Elliott Kelly, staff writer

The Delphi Oracles homecoming football game on Sept. 25 against Clinton Prairie was an eventful evening for the larger homecoming crowd at Berto Field.  With a 3-2 record and a reason to win, the Oracles had reason to make it a show.

 

Senior kicker, Gavin Gleason, was unable to play due to coronavirus concerns among the soccer team, for which Gavin also plays.  Filling his role was sophomore Cade Nelson who averaged a respectable 41.4 yards per kick.

 

On offense the Oracles were able to find the endzone seven times among three players.  Senior running back Evan Fritz had another impressive night with 213 yards on 22 carries, with a long run of 84, and three rushing touchdowns.  The Oracles also found the endzone with two passing touchdowns to Zach Munson, along with both a rushing and receiving score from Peyton Roth.

 

The (49-14) victory for the Oracles was not the only excitement of the evening; the homecoming court also made their yearly appearance even with coronavirus concerns.  This year’s court consisted of freshmen Ava Duvall and Brasen Starbuck, and sophomores Evann Royal and Maguire Thompson. However,  Maguire, also a member of the soccer team, was unable to attend. Junior candidates were Ariana Roman and Peyton Roth. Senior members of the court were Myah Abbott, Megan Kelly, Meghan Pearson, and Cynthia Rossi; and Evan Fritz, Dylan Hyman, Jaden Long, and Jordan Roth. This year’s homecoming king and queen were Meghan Pearson and Dylan Hyman.

 

Another event that made this year’s homecoming game special was the tribute made to Marilyn Berto.  Marilyn Berto is the wife of former football coach Tony Berto.  The tribute told of the support and encouragement that Marilyn gave to her husband’s teams, and of how even now she delights in hearing news of the program.  The tribute also spoke of the overall importance of having someone who supports and contributes to your success.

 

As Delphi prepares for their last two games of the season, against Clinton Central and Taylor, hopes are high for a good finish and  a successful postseason.  Even after facing back to back losses against Eastern (35-38) and North Montgomery (38-44), the team was able to persevere and win the next two. Coach Morczkiewicz was not worried: “This team prides itself on swinging back.”