The cold, windy atmosphere in Kersey was a little too much for Delta's Panthers in last Saturday's first-round Class 2A State Football Championship playoff. Platte Valley's Broncos might have had more than just the weather to influence a 45-21 win that was a winning ticket to this weekend's next round against Delta rival, and No. 3 seed Basalt on Nov. 10.
Platte Valley, No. 6 and sporting a 9-0 record, didn't exactly run away with the victory in the beginning. The Broncos used a long run near the four-minute mark of the first quarter to get into scoring position and take a 7-0 lead.
The Panthers, without the services of Felipe Bedoy, who was playing in the state 3A soccer playoffs, just missed a field goal by junior Ku Moo to remain scoreless in the opening quarter.
A drive late in the first quarter by the Panthers took the ball to Platte Valley's 20-yard line to end the first quarter of play.
The Panthers were unable to finish the drive to begin the second quarter and turned the ball over on downs with seven minutes left in the first half.
Platte Valley scored a field goal following another big run to give the Broncos a 10-0 lead.
The Panthers were their own worst enemy for much of the game and gave the ball back to the Broncos on a second turnover on loss of downs. Platte Valley did not score off the turnover but did capitalize a little later when the Panthers punted from deep in their own territory. Platte Valley blocked the punt out the back of the end zone for a safety to make the score 12-0.
The Broncos scored on a pass play but failed to convert the two-point try for an 18-0 lead late in the second period.
With help from a big pass play, the Panthers moved the ball to Platte Valley's 10-yard line. Brandon Butler covered the final three yards for six points and Moo's PAT kick made the score 18-7.
Platte Valley moved the ball smartly down the field on its next possession and scored a second touchdown on a pass with under a minute left in the opening half. A converted extra-point try gave the Broncos a 25-7 halftime lead.
Delta opened the second half with the ball and gave the Broncos an early scoring advantage in the second half on a lost fumble. Platte Valley had to settle for a 27-yard field goal and a 28-7 lead.
The two teams traded punts for the next couple of possessions before the Broncos put together a scoring drive which included a long pass with a solid ground game that had the ball resting on Delta's 15-yard line when the third quarter ended.
Delta's defense held the Broncos out of the end zone to begin the fourth quarter but gave up a second field goal by Platte Valley to run the score to 31-7.
The Broncos scored through the air again with close to nine minutes remaining in the game. With the extra point, Platte Valley held a commanding 38-7 lead.
Delta answered the Broncos score with a TD pass and Moo's PAT kick for a 38-14 score.
Each team scored one more time for a final score of 45-21.
Delta finished its season with a 6-4 record. Platte Valley moves on to the quarterfinal round against No. 3 Basalt (9-1), on Nov. 10 in Basalt.
Number 7 Rifle (9-1) defeated No. 10 Eaton (6-3) and will play at No. 2 Resurrection Christian (10-0), a 28-6 winner over Alamosa last weekend.
Bayfield (8-1) is the No. 1 seed and will host No. 9 Faith Christian (8-2) this Saturday.
No. 4 La Junta (10-0) will host No. 5 Salida (9-1) in another Saturday contest.