GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) One of the best games of the season took place at Delta High School on Saturday, where the four seeded Panthers were able to come out victorious over five seeded Faith Christian 37-35. The Panthers now head to the semi-finals and play the Basalt Longhorns next Saturday.
Initially, it looked as if points were going to be hard to come by until Nolan Bynum found Nathan Workman for a 97-yard- touchdown pass when their backs were against the wall at their own goal-line. Bynum and Workman had a lethal connection going all day long.
The Panthers shut the Eagles down in the first quarter, but Faith Christian was able to hook up for a 44-yard- touchdown pass to tie it at seven's with 11-minutes to go until halftime.
The teams then went back and forth throughout the second quarter, and Delta went into halftime with a 28-21 lead.
After halftime, Faith tied the game at 28 with six minutes to go in the 3rd, but Delta responded right back as Bynum threw a 38-yard touchdown pass. However, the Panthers missed the extra point and went up 34-28.
Then, with nine minutes to go, Eagles ran a quarterback keeper and Isaiah Kroll was able to score from 12 yards out. Faith converted the extra point and took the lead for the first time in the game, 35-34.
Delta got the ball back with a little over eight minutes on the clock and was able to milk the clock for five minutes to get into field goal range for Senior Ku La Moo. Moo knocked in the 42-yard field goal, which set the Panthers sideline and stands in a frenzy. Delta took the lead, 37-35, with 3 minutes to go.
After the field goal, the Eagles were able to take the Panther crowd out of the game for a brief moment as they took the kickoff to around midfield, which set the Eagles up beautifully to go and win the game.
The Panthers defense had other ideas, however, and got the crowd back into things as they made big stop after big stop to force a turnover on downs.
Delta, with 1:06 on the clock, needed just one first down to clinch the game. The Eagles defense held strong though and forced the Panthers to go three and out.
The Eagles got the ball back at around midfield with just 0:05 on the clock and had time for just a final Hail Mary.
As time expired, the ball went up, but the Panthers were able to force an incompletion, which cemented the game, 37-35.
The Panthers have little time to think about that win, as they now face the Basalt Longhorns next Saturday, who stunned number one ranked Rifle in double overtime.