A lot of things would have to happen for Delta's Panthers to be included in this year's state football playoffs. Last week's loss to 2A Intermountain League leader Bayfield paints a bleak picture for the Panthers. The Wolverines were clinging to a 3-0 lead at halftime and then exploded for 42 points in the second half for a 45-0 victory.
The win keeps Bayfield unbeaten with a league mark of 4-0 and 8-0 overall. That record equates to a fourth place ranking in the 2A RPI standings. Delta, 2-2 and 3-5, is listed 20th on the RPI chart.
Bayfield scored 14 points in the third quarter and doubled that number in the final stanza to complete the bruising win.
The Wolverines used quarterback Hayden Farmer's arm for 138 yards through the air on just nine of 17 passing attempts. Garrett Beebe caught one pass for 36 yards and a touchdown while teammate Dax Snooks hauled in two passes for 17 yards and a touchdown to lead Bayfield's receiving corps.
On the ground, Bayfield ran the ball 47 times compiling 339 yards. David Hawkins had nine carries and two touchdowns for the Wolverines and Alec Demko carried the ball just two times for seven yards and a touchdown. Dylan Hilliker's four carries for 112 yards led Bayfield's ground attack.
Delta was hampered by four interceptions (one was returned for a touchdown) and a lost fumble.
The Panthers hope to get back on the winning side of the ledger this Friday, Oct. 27, when Gunnison's Cowboys come to town for prep football action at 7 p.m.