Delta's back was to the wall and it needed a gridiron win last Friday night in Alamosa. The Mean Moose, ranked 11th in Class 2A football, had impressive credentials coming into the game.
The Panthers know they must play well down the stretch to place themselves in position for post-season play.
Senior Drake Horn placed the Panthers on his back in Alamosa and turned in a solid offensive performance with two touchdowns. The hard-running quarterback scored on option runs from 10 yards out and six yards away to give the Panthers 12 points. Delta failed to score its extra points after the touchdowns. One kick was blocked and a two-point conversion attempt failed.
When the run and pass-games aren't clicking, the presence of a kicker makes a difference. In Alamosa, Delta kicker Ku Moo made a big difference in the ballgame. Moo kicked a 35-yard field goal in the first half and booted a 29-yarder with just six seconds left in the game to put Delta up 18-15 for an eventual win.
Colton Galvin led Delta's defense with seven tackles with Aiden Barrios and Nate Workman adding five tackles each.
Jacob Wear had a sack for the Panthers in the win.
Bayfield leads the 2A Intermountain League with a 2-0 league mark and a 6-0 record overall. Pagosa Springs is second with its 2-0 and 4-2 record. Delta's 1-1 and 2-4 marks have the Panthers in third place and Alamosa is fourth (1-1 and 4-2).
Delta has an early game this week with Cortez coming to town Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. The visiting Panthers are 0-2 and 1-4 this season.