The Delta Panthers had little trouble with the visiting Moffat County Bulldogs as they rolled to a big 53-7 4A WSL victory. The win ups Delta's record to 3-1 overall and it is 2-0 in league play.
Moffat County falls to 0-4 overall and 0-3 in league play.
The Panthers warded off a spirited Moffat County drive to start the game and pretty much had things their way the rest of the game.
Delta rolled to a whopping 46-0 halftime lead over the Bulldogs. From there, the Panthers coasted to a 53-7 win, with just one score coming in the fourth quarter as the clock ran continuously with the 40-plus advantage in score.
The Bulldogs moved the football down to the Panthers' 36 on a variety of running and passing plays. Delta's defense bent but did not break as it took over on downs at its own 36.
Jonney Ponce capped a quick Panther drive with a 43-yard dash down the left sideline for six points with 4:30 left in the opening period. Ponce's PAT kick made it 7-0.
Derek Horn intercepted a Joe Camilletti pass on Moffat County's next possession and returned it to the Bulldog's 30-yard line. After a 5-yard penalty, Delta quarterback Cade Gafford found one of his favorite targets, Ryan Whiteside, for a 35-yard touchdown pass. Ponce's kick made the score 14-0 with 3:05 left in the first quarter.
Moffat County was unable to hold onto the ball on its next possession and gave the ball back to the Panthers on a fumble at the 32 yard line of Moffat County.
Eian Baier hauled in a Gafford pass for 24 yards to set up Horn's 1-yard TD plunge. Ponce's try for point kick failed, leaving the score at 20-0 in favor of the Panthers with 2:13 left in the opening quarter.
The Bulldogs self-destructed on their next possession by going three and out again. The Bulldogs' punt went just 10 yards and gave Delta a first and 10 at the Panthers' 36-yard line.
Gafford and senior Devin Williams connected for a 58-yard pass and run play that took the ball to Moffat County's 8-yard line. The final 8 yards were covered by a Gafford to Tyler Sandoval pass to make the first-quarter score 26-0.
Moffat County's offense fared no better in the second stanza as it punted after three plays of its first possession in the period.
Delta moved the ball 80 yards on 10 plays to score its fifth touchdown of the game. Gafford kept his throwing arm warm with several passes to Whiteside. In the end, it was Ponce who toted the pigskin into the end zone from 10 yards out for his second touchdown of the game. His PAT kick failed, leaving the score at 32-0 midway through the second quarter.
The Bulldogs punted the ball away on their second possession of the second period giving Delta good field position at the Bulldogs' 47. Eight plays later, Horn roared into the end zone for his second touchdown with 3:27 left in the first half. Ponce's PAT was good and Delta's lead blossomed to 39-0.
Another punt on Moffat County's next possession had the Panthers set to begin their next possession at their own 31. A face mask penalty on the Bulldogs changed that starting point to the 46-yard line.
Delta moved the ball 54 yards on six plays with Ponce carrying the ball across the goal line for his third touchdown of the evening. The PAT was good, giving the Panthers a 46-0 lead at halftime.
With the clock running non-stop, except for timeouts and injuries, Delta controlled the game's tempo with its second unit. Moffat County managed to score its lone touchdown on an 80-yard touchdown scamper by Camilletti on a quarterback keeper around left end.
Delta completed its scoring for the evening with senior Taylor Brown scoring from inside the 20-yard line late in the fourth quarter. Ponce's kick made the final score 53-7.
Brown (Taylor) carried the ball just nine times but finished as Delta's leading ground-gainer with 90 yards. Ponce's 76 yards on six carries was second and Kodie Komives ran for 63 yards on six carries. Horn was the leading ball carrier with 11 tries for 52 yards.
Gafford threw the ball 17 times and completed 13 of his attempts for 228 yards and two touchdowns. Whiteside was Gafford's favorite target once again with seven catches for 111 yards and one touchdown. Williams had 67 yards on just two receptions.
Together the Panthers combined the ground game with the air assault for 552 yards of offense.
Defensively, Delta had three players with seven tackles each. Those players were Easton Byers (JR), Cordell Stroud (SR), and Sandoval.
Ponce finished the game with five of eight PATs finding their way through the uprights.
Delta is on the road for this week's gridiron test as it is in Glenwood Springs to face the Demons (1-3 overall and 1-2 WSL).blog comments powered by Disqus