Delta Panthers dominate Moffat County Bulldogs
By Pat Sunderland
Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017 10:58 am
Photo by Pat Sunderland Running back Brendon Starr looks for an opening in the Bulldogs' defense during Friday's game. Starr rushed for 149 yards on the night.
Quarterback Drake Horn and receiver Colton Galvin connected on three long passes in the Panthers' throttling of Moffat County Friday night.
Horn racked up 170 passing yards and rushed for another 50 in the 40-7 victory. Galvin was credited with four receptions for 150 yards.
Brendon Starr put up the first points of the game with a rushing touchdown on his way to a 149-yard game. The second score came with 2:54 left on the clock in the first quarter, when Horn charged into the end zone on a quarterback keeper.
Cameron Schaal lit up the second quarter with the first of his two interceptions on the night. On 3rd and 10, Horn made the Bulldogs pay for that mistake with the first of his touchdown throws to Galvin.
Just as Moffat County finally started to get a drive going, Schaal snatched away another interception from the Bulldogs' Colby Beaver.
A miscue on a punt return gave Moffat County one more chance to score in the first half, but with six seconds left on the clock, Horn picked off the quarterback's throw. The Panthers went into the locker room with a comfortable 27-0 lead.
Cole Grainger led off the second half with an impressive return that was partially negated by a penalty. The setback was only temporary, as the Panthers posted another six points on a Horn-Galvin connection.
Horn connected with Galvin on the opposite side of the field for the Panthers' final touchdown of the game.
With Delta leading 40-0, freshman Nolan Bynum came in to replace Horn at quarterback.
Moffat County's touchdown came in the final period of play, way too late to overcome the Panthers' commanding lead.
Offensive production was much improved from the season opener when Delta came up with just 97 total yards in an 0-3 overtime loss to Durango.
"We executed better, we blocked better, we played better," said Coach Ben Johnson. "We've got some great senior leadership, and we're getting better every week."
Against Moffat County, Delta posted 303 rushing yards, with Clayton Abila, Cameron Schaal and Cody Suave lending support to Horn and Starr. Colton Galvin and Gauge Lockhart gathered in six passes.
On the defensive side, Aiden Barrios and Brandon Butler had one sack each. Leading tacklers were Logan Church, Jacob Wear and Aiden Barrios.
The Panthers will be looking for the same outstanding performance this Friday as Delta travels to Basalt. The next home game is Sept. 22 against the Palisade Bulldogs. Kickoff for both games is 7 p.m.