Last week's journey to Basalt to play football did not play out the way the Panthers would have hoped. On a cold, rainy evening in Basalt, the host Longhorns scored 14 points in the opening quarter on their way to a 35-7 non-conference win.
There were no 100-yard rushers in the game and neither quarterback threw for 100 yards.
Basalt's defense found ways to stop a supposed strong offensive squad from Delta. Six turnovers by the Panthers didn't help matters any.
Delta managed to score a touchdown in the second quarter and then searched for ways to find the end zone after that.
The Longhorns led 14-7 at the break with the game's outcome still anyone's to win.
Basalt tacked on its third touchdown in the third quarter boosting its lead to 21-7. The final quarter was all Longhorns with the host team scoring two more touchdowns to make the final score 35-7.
Delta quarterback Drake Horn completed four of 10 passes in the game and ran for 25 more to record 114 yards of total offense for the Panthers.
Senior Colton Galvin was Delta's leading receiver with two catches and 47 yards (including the Panthers only touchdown in the game; Clayton Abila kicked the extra point) and sophomore Gauge Lockhart hauled in one pass for 27 yards. Senior Kole Granger had one pass reception for 15 yards.
Delta's leading rusher was senior Brendon Starr who toted the pigskin 17 times for 67 yards. Horn was next with his 25 followed by Cameron Schaal who had six carries and 24 yards.
The Panthers had 221 yards of combined offense in the game.
Basalt quarterback Trevor Reuss also completed four passes in 10 attempts in the game. The big difference here was the three touchdowns thrown in just 29 yards.
Senior Raul Torres had two touchdowns on two catches and 23 yards. Senior Juan Rosario had two catches for six yards and the third touchdown through the air.
On the ground, Basalt senior Noah Williams ran for 86 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown. Junior Jake Reardon was next high with his 11 rushes for 57 yards.
Torres kicked all five extra point tries for the Longhorns who improved to 2-1 and are tied with Coal Ridge for second place in the 2A WSL behind Aspen, which has a 3-0 record.
Delta slipped to 1-2 on the season with the loss and is in third place behind Bayfield's Wolverines (3-0) and Alamosa's Mean Moose (3-1) in the 2A Intermountain League standings.
Pagosa Springs' Pirates and Montezuma-Cortez's Panthers are also 1-2. Gunnison's Cowboys are sitting in the cellar with a record of 0-3.
The Panthers are not out of the woods when it comes to tough opponents in the early going in 2017. Delta is set to face 3A power Palisade this Friday in Delta with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.