Last year's 2A state football champion played like they were champions last Friday night in Delta. The Wolverines from Bayfield limited Delta to 170 yards of offense and shut down the state's leading rusher, Damon Jensen, holding him to just 38 yards on 13 carries.
The game was a slugfest from the early stages. Neither team scored until the second quarter when Delta's Beau Byers caught a 4-yard scoring toss from Kole Roberts and a 7-0 lead following A.B. Ontiveros' extra-point kick.
Bayfield scored its first points of the game on a 37-yard pass from Josh Westbrook to Brian Mashak. Mashak's PAT kick tied the game at 7-7, and that's the way it stayed as teams went to halftime.
Bayfield scored first in the third quarter on a Josh Westbrook 1-yard run with Mashak's kick for the extra point making it 14-7.
In the early stages of the fourth quarter, Bayfield's Jessie Westbrook intercepted a Roberts' aerial and scampered into the end zone for another six points. Mashak's kick made it 21-7 as the fourth quarter scooted on.
The game's final score came on a safety when Roberts was tackled in the end zone, awarding the Wolverines another two points for a final score of 23-7.
Bayfield was 11 of 18 passing for 180 yards and a touchdown on the performance of Josh Westbrook. Mashak was 0-1 for no yards. Delta's Roberts had 11 passes for 89 yards, one touchdown and a pair of interceptions, one for touchdown.
The Wolverines' leading receiver was Hunter Killough with four catches for 97 yards. Beau Byers had 71 yards on eight catches for the Panthers.
Carl Heide had 51 yards on six carries to lead Bayfield's rushing statistics. Jensen's 38 yards topped Delta rushing statistics.
Bayfield remained in first place with a 4-0 mark in league play and 6-2 overall. The Panthers are second with a 3-1 league record and 5-3 overall.
Delta must get past Gunnison (Oct. 28, 7 p.m.) in its final regular season game of the year. The Cowboys (2-2 and 4-4) are a legitimate threat to Delta's hopes of finishing strong.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.