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October 19, 2013

Friendly rivalry

Delhi, Walton traditions continue for more than a century


The feistiness of a good rivalry prompts Delhi junior Dustin Dougherty to bellow from the sidelines, “Let’s go boys.” 

Dougherty is taking a year off from playing football for Delaware Academy. “I know what it’s like on the field,” said Dougherty. “It’s intense. Walton is the best team to play.”

The anomaly of Delaware Academy Superintendent Jason Thomson, a Walton graduate, makes for some cease-fires in this rivalry. At the game, administrators and students came together in support of anti-bullying. “Our logo was ‘Rivals Stand United Against Bullying,’” Thomson  said. A couple hundred members from both communities performed a mob flash dance during half time.

“The rivalry is alive and well,” said Delaware Academy Superintendent Jason Thomson. “The teams are evenly matched. The winner gets bragging rights. But we have a mutual respect for one another. The coaches, from both teams, Jim Hoover and Dave Kelly, are special people who inspire good playing.”

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