Delta’s Zach Decker (22) follows Marcus Garcia (79) to find a way into the end zone to cap off an impressive drive against Glenwood Springs. The touchdown pulled the Panthers to within 6 at 13-19.
Delta's Panthers hosted Glenwood Springs in gridiron action last Friday evening. It was a game of middle-of-the-standings' teams with the Panthers (2-1, 3-2) holding an edge in the win/loss columns over the Demons (2-2, 2-3).
Somewhere in the third quarter, the Demons forgot they were the lesser-rated team and found a way to overpower Delta in a 41-20 3A WSL contest.
Delta started the game with six points in the opening quarter and the Demons countered with a score in the second frame leaving the game tied at 6-6 at halftime.
Whatever went wrong in this game started in the third period. Glenwood Springs outscored the Panthers 21-7 for a 27-13 lead going into the final quarter.
Glenwood scored two touchdowns and Delta one in the last 12 minutes of play making the final score 41-20.
Statistically, Delta fared well in the passing department with Mitch Whiteside completing 12 of 19 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns. Whiteside also suffered an interception.
Chris Black continues to be Whiteside's main target in the receiving corps. Black gathered in four passes that accounted for 61 yards and one touchdown. Senior Doug Hawkins caught two passes for 31 yards and Saul Sanchez had 26 yards and a touchdown on two passes. Other Panther receivers and their totals included Zach Decker with 22 yards and two snags, Robert Williams and 17 yards on one reception and Tyler Sandoval with seven yards on one catch.
A lot of folks had rushing chances against the Demons. Leading the way was Decker's 55 yards on 17 carries. Close behind Decker was Easton Byers who had 45 yards and six totes and Mitch Whiteside with 40 yards on six carries.
Delta will take the ride to Cortez to face the Panthers (1-3 and 1-4) on Friday, Oct. 5. Game time has been set for 7 p.m.