The Delta Panthers used a strong defensive effort to blank the Moffat County High School varsity football team, 30-0, Friday night in Delta.
The Bulldogs dropped to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play, while the Panthers moved to 4-1 on the year and 2-0 in league play.
"The kids played hard at Delta and the biggest problem that we had was poor field position," said coach John Haddan. "We were operating out of the hole the whole game. We were limited to what we could do with our offense."
Haddan said the Bulldogs couldn't overcome mistakes in the contest.
"Defensively, Delta was really tough up front and they pretty much dominated the line of scrimmage," said Haddan. "We always took the field with the wall to our back. We had turnovers, fumbles, a poor punt and we gave Delta tremendous field position all night. It was tough on the defense."
In the game, the Panthers scored 16 points in the second quarter on big plays, starting when Panthers linebacker Josiah St. Peter sacked Bulldogs quarterback Jeff Gaylord in the end zone for a safety.
Micheal Fresques then returned the ensuing free kick 83 yards for a touchdow and Vinton Cannon gathered in a 14-yard scoring pass from Zack Lemon to take a 16-0 lead into halftime.
In the second half, Panthers running back Ryan Christie added touchdown runs of 5 and 2 yards to salt the victory.
The Bulldogs will try to get back on track at 7:30 p.m. Friday when they host Rifle for the homecoming game at the high school field.
"We have a huge game with Rifle coming up on Friday," said Haddan. "The kids are stoked to play Rifle and it should be a good game for us."