After digging themselves into a first-half hole, Delta's Panthers won the second half but had too much to overcome in a 28-22 loss in Salida last Friday night.
The Panthers trailed 15-6 at halftime with a Felipe Bedoy's 40-yard field goal in the third quarter one of the game's highlights for Delta. Salida tacked on a touchdown, however, and led 22-9 heading to the fourth period.
Delta had a chance to win the game late in the fourth quarter with 1:30 left and possession of the ball at the Spartan's three-yard line. Running back Cody Suave got the call and on his run into the line disaster struck for the Panthers when Suave was separated from the ball upon being knocked unconscious on the play and fumbling the ball to the Spartans.
Sophomore Nolan Bynum performed well and had another outstanding game at quarterback for the Panthers with 15 completions on 26 attempts and 216 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately, the Panthers needed more offense in the late stages to pull off the win.
Bynum's main target was junior Skyler Kraai who hauled in six Bynum aerials for 93 yards and a touchdown. Junior Gauge Lockhart had three receptions for 33 yards and a touchdown and Hunter Hughes picked up 40 yards on two catches.
On the ground, Suave led Delta rushers with 36 yards on seven carries with Lockhart toting the pigskin once for one yard and a touchdown, accounting for the Panthers' third touchdown.
Junior Brandon Butler was in on 11 tackles for Delta with senior teammate Caleb Miramontes finishing with 10 tackles. Lockhart was involved in nine tackles.
Delta will play in the friendly confines of Panther Stadium this Friday when Montezuma-Cortez comes to town for a 7 p.m. non-conference matchup.
Basalt, Rifle and Moffat County are leading the 2A WSL with 2-0 overall records. Delta, Coal Ridge and Aspen are tied with 1-1 marks heading into week three.