Delta Head Coach Mike McGee may like his chances against the Moffat County football team, but the he says his players are in for a physical game when the Panthers visit the Bulldogs Friday.
"We realize that Moffat County is just going to come out and hit us in the mouth," McGee said. "They're going to be physical."
The Delta team, which will be in the Doghouse at 7 p.m. Friday for a crucial league battle, will face a Bulldogs team that has a lot of momentum.
The Bulldogs, 2-3 in conference play and 3-5 overall, are coming off a big win over the Glenwood Springs Demons Oct. 20.
Wide receiver Kevin Voorhees caught two touchdown passes and scored on a 60-yard punt return, and quarterback Mike Charchalis rushed for 109 yards and scored two touchdowns in the victory.
The Bulldogs won the game 40-0 and are now fired up to play in their final home game of the season, Voorhees said.
"It's real special," Voorhees said. "I really want to have a good performance and just play as hard as I can in my last home game."
Voorhees, who caught five passes for 97 yards against Glenwood Springs, now has 575 yards on 33 receptions for the season. He averages 17.4 yards per catch.
Charchalis also has played well for the Bulldogs this season, rushing for 220 yards and completing 38 passes for 430 yards.
The Panthers, which run a split-back veer formation on offense, are led by players Jacob Schmalz, Troye Floyd and Rich Englehart. Floyd and Schmalz have about 1,300 yards combined on the ground.
Englehart, the quarterback, has run for nearly 200 yards.
Delta, 3-2 in conference and 4-4 overall, still has hopes of qualifying for the state playoffs despite a 27-0 loss to Rifle last weekend.
Delta may wind up in the playoffs should it win its final two regular-season games, including a win over 4-1 and 7-1 Steamboat Springs Nov. 3.
Moffat County coach John Haddan has other plans for the way the league will pan out.
The Bulldogs, who play the Montezuma-Cortez Panthers Nov. 4, would finish at 4-3 in the conference if they were to win their final two regular-season games.
Moffat County most likely would not qualify for the playoffs even at 4-3 in the conference.
It would be a sweet ending for the Bulldogs, though, after an up-and-down season.
Following an Oct. 13 loss to Steamboat Springs, in which Moffat County was defeated 49-6, the Bulldogs bounced back admirably as they recorded the shutout against the Demons.
"The kids just came out Friday night against Glenwood pumped up and ready to play," Haddan said. "They put together a good game offensively and defensively, and also on special teams."
The Bulldogs offense, which averages 116.3 yards on the ground and 121.6 yards through the air, will have to count on another big performance from Voorhees and Charchalis in order to stop the Panthers.
Voorhees, who has six touchdown receptions this year, also has seven interceptions.
Bulldogs linebacker Chris Field leads the team with 54 tackles, and Travis and Ryan Linsacum have a combined 11 sacks.
"We had a good game against Glenwood in all aspects," Voorhees said. "We just need to execute like we did last week and really play good defense and provide the offense with some opportunities."
The Panthers, who run a 4-4 defense, are led by linebackers Isaac Wear and David Hines. Despite the 27-0 loss to Rifle, Delta allows only 24 points per game this season. Moffat County has given up about 30 points per game.
Bulldogs center Chris Phillips says his team will be ready for the feisty Panthers team.
Said McGee: "We need to come out and play well in all four quarters. Like I say, they're going to be physical."
Kickoff for the Moffat County versus Delta game is at 7 p.m. Friday at Craig.
The junior varsity Bulldogs, 2-6, ended their season Oct. 23 at Palisade with a close loss. Moffat County was defeated 12-8.
The Bulldogs freshman team plays its final game of the season at 1 p.m. Oct. 28 at Roaring Fork.