Delta High School Panthers used a fierce attack in the air and on the ground to chalk up their eighth win against one loss on Nov. 1 in New Castle. The Panthers posted 20 points in the game’s first quarter on their way to a 47-8 WSL win over Coal Ridge High School’s Titans. Delta (4-1, 8-1 in 2A WSL) finished second in league play while Coal Ridge (0-5, 1-8) finished in the cellar.
A dominating offense generated 241 yards through the air on junior Nolan Bynum’s 12 of 18 passing performance and four touchdowns and contributed another 241 yards on the ground, paced by sophomore Timothy Horn’s 139 yards on nine carries.
Bynum’s top yardage producing target in the game was senior Gauge Lockhart who had 102 yards on four receptions. Lockhart finished with one touchdown with senior teammate Hunter Hughes hauling in four passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Nate Workman finished the game with three receptions for 32 yards and a touchdown while senior Tyler Kraai had two catches for 27 yards.
Joining Horn in rushing success was freshman Konner Workman who carried the ball seven times for 62 yards and senior Ku Moo with 43 yards on seven carries and Bynum with 12 yards on three carries. Sophomore Alexis Munoz had 1-yard on one carry. Both Moo and Bynum scored touchdowns in the game.
Defensively, the Panthers’ Goff brothers, James (senior) and Hunter (sophomore) recorded 11 tackles each in the win. In other defensive statistics, junior Brandon Cano had two sacks for a loss of 16 yards with Lockhart recovering a fumble and Brandon Butler and Jeffrey Griffith were credited with block punts.
Moo’s six PAT kicks and one touchdown tied him with Hughes for team scoring honors with 12 points apiece.
The Panthers finished fourth in RPI standings and will host 13th seed Pagosa Springs (5-4) in Saturday’s (Nov. 9) first round of the 2019 2A State Football Playoffs. Game time for that contest has not been set.
Rifle (9-0), the only team to defeat Delta in 2019, finished first in the RPI standings and enters this year’s state football playoffs as the state’s top 2A team. The Bears are at home this weekend and host 16th seeded Englewood, the winner of the Colorado League with a 4-1 record and 7-2 overall. Basalt (7-2) is the ninth seed and travels to eighth seeded The Classical Academy (6-3) for a 3 p.m. game Nov. 9. Sterling (8-1) is seeded second and hosts 15-seeded Moffat County (5-4) on Saturday as well.
Winners of first round games play a quarterfinal round set for Nov. 14-16 at the higher seeded team’s location. Semifinals (Nov. 21-23) are also at the higher seeded team and the final game (Nov. 30) is scheduled to be played at CSU-Pueblo’s football stadium.