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Delphi football off to best start since 1977

It's been 41 years since the Delphi football team began a season 4-0.

Posted: Sep. 13, 2018 12:39 AM
Updated: Sep. 13, 2018 12:47 AM

DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) — It's been 41 years since the Delphi football team began a season 4-0.

In fact, their head coach wasn't alive. But the seventh-year head coach Josh Strasser, 39, who graduated from Delphi understands the importance of the milestone.

"Growing up here you know the past a little bit," said Strasser. "I think that helps you push to try and accomplish those goals with the team."

Prior to the Oracles most recent win over South Newton, the team received a visit.

"The 1977 team came into our locker room before South Newton, "said senior defensive end Drew Hollingsworth. "Seeing them and thinking that's the last team that has ever done this..."

While Delphi is off to a hot start, Strasser constantly reminds his team what that means for the Oracles' opponents.

"The target just gets bigger each week," said Strasser. "The more games you win in a row, the longer you last undefeated, teams are just going to keep coming after you."

Strasser's players have absorbed the message.

"You can celebrate a win, but as soon as the win is gone you need to focus on the next week," said Hollingsworth. "When the next week is there, you're focusing on the next team alone."

Delphi is focused on beating Tri-Central on Friday and continuing its undefeated season.

"Ever since we broke 2-0, 3-0 — it's been really emotional in a good way," said senior wide receiver Blake Carroll. "We were always the underdog."

From underdogs to big dogs, the Oracles are proving they should not be underestimated.

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