GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. We're down to the semifinals in Class 3A football. Tthe Delta Panthers are the lone Western Slope representatives left in the mix and they're ready for a new challenge.
This Saturday they'll play host to the reigning state champion Silver Creek Raptors. Just last season, the Raptors walked away from the playing field after serving the top-seed Rifle Bears an upset, and once again the 3A bracket has been all about surprise endings.
All four teams left in the mix have posted an upset, with Delta handing out two straight thanks to their most recent 4-point victory over Glenwood Springs.
They were able to hold the Demons to just nine points through rough conditions, and the defense is looking to build off that game in order to stop a Raptors offense that has averaged over 220 passing yards per game.
"It was a really important game for us," said senior Sawl Sanchez. "We haven't beat [Glenwood Springs] in awhile, and it was really emotional for us, especially as seniors to know that we were one of the first classes to be able to get this far, and we've just go to make sure we stay focused, and that game was past, and now we've just got to make sure we focus on this so we can go farther."
"Silver Creek poses a different challenge, but they pose a different challenge in different ways, so I think it just gives our kids confidence that last week that we can do things differently that we had before, and we're going to do it again," said defensive coordinator Ryan Whittington.
(13) Delta hosts (9) Silver Creek Saturday at 1:00 PM.