GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. After Palisade's heartbreaking loss Friday night, the western slope had only four teams left in the CHSAA football playoffs.
That number would be no greater than three after Saturday's games, when 13 seed Delta traveled to Glenwood Springs to take on the Demons.
The Panthers jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead after running back Johnny Pounce took it 28 yards for the score, but the rain and mud kept the game on the ground, and a battle in the trenches.
Ponunce scored another touchdown later in the contest, and the Panthers led 13-9 with the clock running down in the fourth quarter.
The Demons got the ball inside the five but on fourth down, Henry Hill got the carry and Cordell Stroud stood him up in the backfield, giving them the 13-9 win and launching them into the semifinals
"They played hard, it got messy and ugly," said Delta Head Coach Ben Johnson. "As the game went on and our defense made a great goal line stand to help us win the game and it was a great high school football game. We didn't play our best game, but we're excited to be in the next round and that's a step for our program, and these kids have done a tremendous job."
The Panthers will host last year's 3A state champs Silver Creek on Saturday.