After 18 quarters of shutout football this season, Delta High School’s Panthers gave up 14 points to Aspen High School in the Oct. 4, Class 2A WSLs contest against the Skiers in Aspen. Delta enjoyed a 21-0 halftime lead against Aspen but allowed a touchdown in the third quarter, ending a four-game shutout streak. A touchdown and 2-point conversion in the fourth quarter pushed Delta’s points-against number to 14 for the 2019 season.
The Panthers controlled the game with their stingy defense and a productive offense that scored under 40 points for the first time this season.
Junior Nolan Bynum did his part in producing positive numbers with 11 of 30 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns against the Skiers. Bynum’s top target was senior Hunter Hughes who finished the game with 84 yards on four receptions and one touchdown. Senior Nate Workman continued his high performance numbers with 57 yards on three receptions while senior Skylar Kraai grabbed two Bynum aerials for 53 yards and a touchdown. Senior Gauge Lockhart had one reception for 41 yards and Ku Moo picked up five yards on a single catch.
Senior Cody Sauve carried the ball for 65 yards on 11 carries to lead the Panthers’ running game.
Delta had five sacks in the game with senior Brandon Butler recording two for a combined 12 yards lost. Lockhart had one sack for 19 yards and junior Brandon Cano had one sack for four yards. Junior Colbi Braslin was credited with one sack.
Leading tacklers for Delta included Workman with nine (three solo, six assists), junior James Goff with nine (five, four), Butler with eight (six, two) and Colbi Wilson with eight (two, six).
One of Delta’s four touchdowns came on a Butler fumble recovery.
Next week’s Game of the Week will feature DHS and Rifle High School (in Rifle) on Friday, Oct. 11. That game will begin at 7 p.m.
Rifle holds a 12-2 edge since 2004 in games played against the Panthers. Both teams were members of Class 3A for years (2004-2015). Both teams are now members of the 2A WSL. The Bears won last year’s contest, 34-7.
This week’s contest will contrast passing and running games, with the Panthers holding an edge in passing with Bynum leading the 2A WSL with 828 yards on 40 completions in 75 attempts with 14 touchdowns and no interceptions. Rifle’s Holden Stutsman has 177 yards passing on 10 of 19 attempts and five touchdowns. Delta’s Hughes is ranked second in receptions with 327 yards with a 65.4 yards per game average and 25.2 yards per reception average and six touchdowns. Workman is fifth with 210 yards and a 42-yards per game average and four touchdowns. Rifle doesn’t have a significant receiver listed.
Rifle’s Levi Warfel leads the 2A WSL rankings in rushing with 642 yards and nine touchdowns. Warfel owns a 160.5 yards per game with teammate Kenny Tlaxcala fourth in league standings with 305 yards and four touchdowns. Delta’s Cody Suave is ranked fifth with 288 yards and three touchdowns.