Delta pounces on Moffat County football, 20-0 |

Delta pounces on Moffat County football, 20-0

Ben Bulkeley

Game statistics

Moffat County High School rushing stats

Name attempts yards avg. long

Matt Linsacum 13 70 5.4 14

Braeden Sullivan 11 46 4.2 8

Mason Updike 6 27 4.5 10

Nathan Tomlin 13 24 1.8 9

Jasen Kettle 3 10 3.3 8

Receiving stats

Name receptions yards

Brady Conner 1 24

Passing stats

Name completions attempts yards

Matt Linsacum 4 10 37

MCHS defensive stats

Name solo assisted sack

Todd Stewart 7 8 0

Casey Martin 5 2 0

Angelo Raftopoulos 5 2 0

Halen Raymond 5 0 1

CJ Walt 4 1 0

Brian Ivy 3 3 1

Matt Linsacum 3 5 0

Travis Nolan 3 1 0

Jeremiah Gordon 2 0 0

Scott Mann 2 3 0

Miguel Molina 2 4 0

Nathan Tomlin 2 5 0

Jordan Wilson 2 1 3

Although he ran for 70 yards, quarterback Matt Linsacum wished two of his normal running backs would return.

With injuries to Pablo Salcido and Jasen Kettle, the Moffat County High School boys varsity football offense struggled to get yards during Friday night’s 20-0 loss to Delta High School.

“I’m not going to make excuses,” Linsacum said. “But having two starting running backs out doesn’t help us.”

In addition to injuries to Salcido and Kettle, several members of the team were held back because of illness as the Bulldogs record moved to 3-2.

Kettle started the game and was poised to repeat his Sept. 18 performance against Battle Mountain, when he gained 207 yards on the ground with two touchdowns.

But after picking up a first down, Kettle re-injured his shoulder and did not return to the game.

Without some of its firepower, the offense was unable to gain any momentum, Linsacum said.

“We just couldn’t get anything clicking,” Linsacum said.

Delta struck first with a 1-yard run by Gene White and a failed extra point gave the Panthers a 6-0 lead in the second quarter.

For the second straight week, Moffat County was hurt by turnovers.

After scoring its first touchdown, the Panthers’ Nolan Britain picked up a fumble and ran it back more than 45 yards to give Delta a 13-0 edge.

“The turnovers hurt us bad,” Linsacum said. “Turnovers affect everyone. Even if you get something going, it kills the drive.”

Delta coach Ben Johnson said the returned fumble changed the game and gave the Panthers momentum.

“Our defense was solid all game,” he said. “I thought the scoop and score was the biggest play of the game because it gave us a big swing.”

Delta had previously run its offense out of the spread formation, allowing quarterback Austin Watson to throw the ball.

On Friday, Delta hardly threw, and Johnson said it was because of the Moffat County defense.

“With a 3-5 defense, they can give you various looks,” he said. “It’s hard to tell who is dropping back into coverage, and it can be confusing to a high school quarterback. We had been working all week on being more physical and running the ball.”

Johnson credited running back Michael Patton for his team’s physical running game.

His offense ran into two roadblocks however, Johnson said.

“We had too many penalties, we made too many mistakes,” he said. “And Moffat County’s defense is tough.”

Lance Scranton, MCHS defensive coordinator, said restoring the team’s potent offense would benefit the defense.

“The defense played well tonight. We were able to keep them from scoring a couple of times,” he said. “But we need to get both sides of the ball going.”

Scranton praised his team’s bend-but-don’t-break defense, but said the Bulldogs simply ran out of room.

“I give Delta credit,” he said. “They’re a good team, and they played well.”

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