Delhi Charter School has one of the newest football programs in the state of Louisiana, but that hasn't kept the Gators from achieving huge success. A big part of that success this year has to be attributed to RB Riccie Gray.
Gray, a 6-0, 210-pound junior, plays on both sides of the football, which is not surprising for a standout at a small (Class A) school. On offense, Gray dotted the Gators' I-formation much of the year as a bruising tailback.
"He plays really hard," said DCS offensive coordinator Chad Johnson. "Riccie had been solely a defensive player, but he's such a good athlete that we felt compelled to move him to tailback."
That move certainly paid dividends for the Gators. Delhi Charter reached the quarterfinals of the Class A playoffs before dropping a road game to eventual state champion Haynesville.
DCS opened its doors as a new school just a few years ago and the program has had a few players walk-on to play college football. However, Gray looks to become the first Gator to sign a college scholarship.
An honorable-mention all-state performer, Gray rushed for 914 yards on 126 carries (7.3 yards per carry) with eight touchdowns. He also caught five passes for 117 yards (23 yards per reception) with one TD. On defense, Gray recorded 79 tackles with nine sacks and forced two fumbles.
"He plays every snap on defense for us," said Johnson. "We put most of our best athletes on defense."
Gray, who is receiving some early interest from Louisiana Tech, McNeese St., and Northwestern St, once recorded six sacks in a game. He's a defensive end/outside linebacker tweener on that side of the ball. On offense, Gray plays tailback in the Gators' basic pro-I formation.
"He runs so hard that defenders have to hit him down low," said Johnson. "He can also play some slot receiver. We actually had to move him to offense at first because of an injury to our starting tailback."
Once the starting tailback (Randy Julien) got healthy, the DCS coaching staff opted to move St. Julien to fullback and keep Gray at tailback.
Gray runs a 4.60 to 4.65 in the 40-yard dash and squats 425 pounds. He's also a three-sport athlete who plays basketball and baseball.