Photo by Wayne Crick Delta quarterback Mitch Whiteside targets his receiver against Moffat County’s Bulldogs earlier this season. Whiteside is protected by Alfredo Rosales (24), Marcus Garcia (79) and Jasell Garcia (70). Delta is at The Classical Academy Saturday for the opening round of the Colorado State Football Championships. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.A big 35-0 win in Steamboat Springs last Friday helped send the Delta Panthers into this weekend's 3A state football championships. Delta is seeded 13th and is on the same side of the bracket as Rifle and Palisade.
Delta is scheduled to take on The Classical Academy Titans from the Tri-Peaks league in Colorado Springs. The Titans are seeded fourth with a record of 9-1 and Delta is 7-3. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 noon on Saturday, Nov. 10 in Colorado Springs. The Classical Academy is located at 975 Stout Road.
Rifle (10-0) is the number one seed and Palisade (8-2) the number nine seed. Eagle Valley, the third WSL team to make the field, is ranked 14th with a record of 7-3. The Panthers own victories over both Palisade and Eagle Valley and should have enough experience in big games to play well.
The Bears play number 16 Erie while the Bulldogs take on number eight Roosevelt which has a 6-4 mark. Pueblo East (number five, 8-2) plays Holy Family (number 12, 8-2) to complete the left bracket.
On the right side, number two Discover Canyon (9-1) takes on number 15 Pueblo Central (7-3) in the top of the right bracket. Elizabeth (number 7, 7-3) is matched against Silver Creek (number 10, 8-2) and Conifer (number six, 8-2) plays number 11 Northridge (8-2). The last game in first-round action pits Frederick (number 3, 8-2) and Eagle Valley (number 14, 7-3) against each other.
In Steamboat Springs, the Panthers had things their way as they rolled to a convincing 35-0 win.
Mitch Whiteside was sharp throwing the ball as he finished with 144 yards on 10 of 15 attempts and two touchdowns. The Sailors also pilfered one of Whiteside's aerials. Whiteside finished the night with two rushing touchdowns and threw for two more.
Chris Black led the receiving corps for Delta with five catches and 83 yards. Ryan Whiteside caught three passes for 46 yards and Doug Hawkins had two receptions for 15 yards.
The Panthers chalked up 254 yards on the ground with Zach Decker's 116 yards on 17 carries leading the way. Robert Williams revved his motor for 51 yards on six carries and Derek Horn lugged the ball three times for 31 yards.
Mitch Whiteside kept his legs in the game with 29 yards on six carries while Tyler Sandoval added 20 yards on a trio of carries.
Defensively, Delta had great games from Williams and Cordell Stroud who had 11 and eight tackles respectively. Josh Lindsey had two sacks and Dakota Proctor one for the winners. Black was active on defense as he had two interceptions in the game.
Alex Quintero made good on all five of his extra points.