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Photo by Wayne Crick Delta senior running back Jonny Ponce has a clear path to the outside during last Friday's 4A WSL match up with Glenwood Springs. Ponce shredded the Demons for 240 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-0 win for the Panthers.

The Delta Panthers, with help from Rifle's Bears, stand alone at the top of Class 3A WSL football standings with a 4-0 record.

There's a logjam of teams tied at 3-1 that fill the second to fifth place standings, including Rifle, Palisade, Eagle Valley and Grand Junction Central.

The Bears provided help to Delta in the form of a 13-7 win over previously unbeaten Palisade. That win vaulted the Panthers to the top of league standings by virtue of Delta's 35-21 win over the Bears on Oct. 2.

All the teams listed above, except Grand Junction Central, have 6-1 overall records. Those marks could begin changing as the league still has three weeks of competition left.

Delta faces Eagle Valley this Friday at 7 p.m. in Delta and takes on Palisade on Nov. 6 in Delta for what could be the 3A WSL title. In between Eagle Valley and Palisade is Grand Junction Central on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.

Palisade plays Grand Junction Central this week and finishes the regular season with Eagle Valley on Oct. 30 and Delta on Nov. 6.

Rifle, with a seemingly less stressful schedule, takes on Steamboat Springs this week, is at Glenwood Springs on Oct. 30 and finishes 3A WSL play against Summit on Nov. 6.

Eagle Valley finishes its regular season against Grand Junction Central on Nov. 6.

Delta 56, Sailors 0

Delta unleashed a passing and running game that totaled 504 yards of offense on its way to a 56-0 rout over Glenwood Springs on its Homecoming last Friday night.

Quarterback Kole Roberts threw for 158 yards of real estate on 12 of 15 passing attempts. Beau Byers hauled in six of Roberts' aerials for 83 yards and one touchdown.

A.B. Ontiveros made three catches for 40 yards.

On the ground, Jonny Ponce rambled for 240 yards on just 14 carries and four touchdowns. Ponce's average per carry was 17.1 yards. The Panthers finished the game with 346 yards on the ground.

In the turnover department, Sam Komives fell on a Demons' fumble in the first period that was later turned into six points.

Tristan Brown accounted for two Panther touchdowns and had an interception in the second quarter. Roberts also grabbed an errant Jake Townsley pass in the second period. Both turnovers resulted in touchdowns by Delta.

Brown scored Delta's first touchdown, on a 4-yard run, with 9:21 left in the first period. Ponce added the Panthers' second score from 13 yards out with 6:33 remaining. Ontiveros kicked the extra point for both touchdowns in the first period.

With a 14-0 lead on the board, the Panthers went to work in the second stanza and scored four touchdowns.

Byers hauled in a 10-yard pass from Roberts to start the scoring parade with 9:03 left before halftime. Ponce's 78-yard dance, for six points, through Demon defenders came with 3:25 remaining.

Brown's second score of the game came next on a 3-yard run with just 1:32 left before the half.

Delta's final score before halftime was on an 18-yard burst by Ponce with 30 seconds left before break. With Ontiveros' PAT kicks on all touchdowns, the clock was set into motion for the remainder of the game as the Panthers had a 42-0 lead going to halftime.

On Delta's first possession of the second half, Ponce picked up his fourth touchdown on another 78-yard scamper to paydirt. Ontiveros' kick made the score 49-0 with one quarter left to play.

Delta averaged drives that took just five plays for most of the evening. On their final scoring drive the Panthers used 12 plays to cover 72 yards with their second team doing all the work. Tanner Webster scooted into the end zone from 4 yards out for Delta's final touchdown. Ontiveros made the final score 56-0 with his extra point kick.

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