Monday, October 1, 2007

Wolves Switch To Single-Wing

Wolves adjust to 'D' to go 5-0


KISSIMMEE -- Apparently, Deltona's idea of changing a game plan merely changes the tone of its running game, not abandoning it.

"It's like, an author writes what he knows," Wolves coach Todd Sisco said.

Deltona's vaunted running attack may not have shown the consistency it has in other games this season, but it was still strong enough -- along with a couple of key defensive stops -- to yield a 30-14 win at Kissimmee Gateway on Friday night.

Senior Thomas Fleming put up impressive numbers in the first half, running for 100 yards and a touchdown, but he and others struggled for a while to protect the football and create the consistent gains the team has put up in other games.

Instead, senior Nick Rosamonda's power game carried Deltona (5-0) and enabled it to solve the defensive puzzle presented by Gateway (0-4). The 200-pounder scored three touchdowns and ran for 146 yards despite getting his first carry well into the second quarter.

"He's a horse, he's a leader," Sisco said of Rosamonda.

The first-year head coach attributed the offensive struggles to a defensive alignment Gateway used that wasn't what Deltona expected. It kept the Wolves out of their rhythm and put them in a single-wing alignment much of the night.

One of the game's most important plays was perhaps the weirdest play of the season. On fourth down, with about five minutes remaining and Deltona leading by eight points, Shane Lewis fumbled twice while gaining 19 yards for first down.

Lewis, playing quarterback because starter Thomas Connor was injured, fumbled as he tucked the ball away, scooped it up and eluded several Gateway defenders in the backfield. He then sped downfield, only to lose the ball again, and it rolled out of bounds at the 10-yard line.

Rosamonda safely took the next handoff and powered his way to the end zone, helping the Wolves set the final score with 4:19 remaining.

An interception by Dejohn Lyles, who caught the ball after two Gateway receivers collided, sealed the win for Deltona with just more than a minute remaining.

Sisco showed the typical coach's poker face after Deltona handed Gateway its largest margin of loss this year. Five fumbles, two of which were lost, and a scoring drive aided by three consecutive offsides penalties tend to put coaches in such a frame of mind.

"There were some positives," Sisco said. "As always, we've got to get back to the film room and look at what we did right. We've got to execute. And we've got to get ready for this run in district play."

Sisco said he did not know the nature of Connor's injury or whether he would be able to play next week in the Battle for the Bone vs. DeLand.

Deltona 30, Gateway 14

Deltona 0 15 7 8--30

Gateway 0 0 7 7--14

D -- Rosamonda 9 run (Connor run).

D -- Fleming 1 run (Noboa kick ).

D -- Rosamonda 8 run (Noboa kick).

G -- Watkins 67 pass from St. Louis (Carroll kick).

G -- Day 14 pass from St. Louis (Carroll kick) .

D -- Rosamonda 10 run (Rosamonda run).


RUSHING -- Deltona: Rosamonda 18-146, Fleming 26-126, Sh.Lewis 8-21, Appleby 4-14, Connor 3-1. Team: 59-308. Gateway: Jean 7-27, St. Louis 7-28, Watkins 1-5 . Team: 15-60.

PASSING -- Gateway: St. Louis 9-17-132-2 .

RECEIVING -- Gateway: Grullon 4-36, Watkins 2-82, Herbert 1-15, Fisher 1-15, Day 1-14 .

PUNTING -- Deltona: Noboa 1-40 . Gateway: Carroll 3-100 .


Penalties -- Deltona 5-45. Gateway: 11-88.

First downs: Deltona 18, Gateway 8.

Fumbles/lost: Deltona 5-2, Gateway 2-1.

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