DELPHI - Following Delphi’s second win in a row after starting the year 0-4, Oracles head coach Jacob Mroczkiewicz summed up their approach in eight words.
“We’re just living for Friday night right now.”
The Oracles were very much alive Friday when they outpaced and outscored Clinton Prairie (4-2, 2-2) 46-28 in a Hoosier Heartland Conference contest.
Delphi was riding high off of the momentum from their Week 5 victory over Tri-Central, but the rocky start of four losses in a row was what built the foundation for an Oracles team that is hitting their stride at the right moment.
“I think it was a good experience for some of our guys to kind of see what losing was like,” Mroczkiewicz said. “We have a really young and inexperienced team and we had to go through some of those lumps early on so we could be successful now.”
Kye Jacobs and the Gophers struck first when he returned the opening kickoff for 85 yards and the initial score but Delphi didn’t stay down for long, bouncing back with a 22-yard hookup between Cade Nelson and Joshua Hartley.
Nelson is coming off of a Week 5 showcase on the road where he threw for 247 yards and three TDs on 10 of 16 passing.
Against the Gophers, it was more of the same for the Oracles’ QB but for Mroczkiewicz, Nelson’s game is more than just his arm.
“Cade’s like having that 10th coach on the field for us. He’s been running this system and running it well for years at various degrees of ability," Mroczkiewicz said. "I can’t say enough about that kid. He’s the perfect teammate, perfect leader and he’s making plays when they’re available to him."
After taking a one point lead going into the second, Delphi’s Walker Jones recovered a Prairie fumble that ultimately set up another Hartley receiving TD, this time from 33 yards out.
Delphi’s ability to turn its defense into offense gave the Oracles momentum going into halftime. Coming out in the second half, the Oracles kept their foot on the gas.
Trading scores in the third quarter with the Gophers, Delphi iced the game with back-to-back TDs from Javon Frost and Jones.
More success is on the horizon for the Oracles as their remaining three regular season opponents in North Newton, Clinton Central and Taylor went into Friday night with a combined record of 1-13
Keeping that in mind, Mroczkiewicz and the Oracles don’t plan on taking a snap for granted as they look to finish out the regular season strong.
“That’d be huge just from a momentum standpoint,” Mroczkiewicz said. “We’ve had so much turmoil and things we’ve had to overcome this year dating back to things that don’t even bear mentioning back to the summer. We’re just thankful for every opportunity to be out here on a Friday and our kids get that.”
This article originally appeared on Lafayette Journal & Courier: Delphi football turns corner after 0-4 start