Sometimes the game plan doesn’t seem to fit the game. Such was the case last Saturday afternoon in Delta when Delta High School hosted Class 3A’s top seed Discovery Canyon in prep football quarterfinal action.
The Eagles may have trailed by eight points following an interception early in their Class 1A state semifinal game against the visiting Resurrection Christian Cougars, but it was just little more than a reminder to the defending state champions that during playoffs, each game gets a lot harder than the last.
“That was my fault,” said head coach Brent McRae of the interception, which happened on their opening drive and less than two minutes into the start of the game.
It wasn’t pretty all of the time, but Delta High School’s first-round victory over Conifer, 24-21, was exciting as the Panthers had a 24-14 lead with around five minutes left in the game. A late fourth-quarter score by the Lobos pulled the Lobos to within three, at 24-21, to account for the final score.
The defending state champion Paonia Eagles rolled over one of the top rushing teams in Class 1A football Saturday, shutting down ninth-seeded Platte Canyon, 32-0, to advance to the 1A state semifinals.
The Huskies run a double-wing offense, explained head coach Brent McRae.
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