DELTA- The Banana Belt was the destination for Battle Mountain football, as it took on Delta Friday night. The Panthers were able to add another win to their column as they topped the Huskies, 32-7, for their Homecoming with quarterback Mitchell Whiteside accounting for three touchdowns.
Just before the game had started, there was a big rain shower, which would make it hard to hold onto the ball for both teams - details to come.-
The game started off quickly for the Panthers as Zach Decker rushed for an early touchdown to give them a 6-0 lead. The scoring would only continue for Delta as Whiteside threw a touchdown pass to Chris Black, who threw a couple of juke moves to get his way into the end zone. Then, Whiteside called his own number twice, once before the end of the first quarter and later in the second period.-
It would only get better for the Panthers because late in the third quarter when they were able to block a Battle Mountain punt and recover it for a touchdown increasing their lead to 32-0.-
Even though the Huskies lost, they were able to take some positives out of Friday night's game. Just before the end of the first half, the Huskies were driving down the field as they were able to connect with Keenan Bowman on a 10-yard pass and then Blaize Olle started doing some damage as he gave Battle Mountain a couple of first downs.
Clayton Belcher was then able to connect with Rio Garton for a 10-yard pass. Thanks to a couple of Delta penalties, Battle Mountain was on the goal line and looking for its first score in a few weeks.
The snap, though, was fumbled - weather was a factor - by Belcher, and the Panthers would recover the fumble, stopping the Huskies' drive.
Battle Mountain did find the end zone when the Panthers fumbled in the final minute of the game. The Huskies had to throw something at the Panthers that they weren't expecting, and they did just that.-
They pulled the old hook-and-ladder play out of the playbook. Belcher was able to connect with Garton for about 10 yards, but as Garton was going down, he pitched the ball to Bowman who ran down the sideline for a score.
The Huskies hope that score will build some momentum when they enter next week's cross-county rivalry game with Eagle Valley on Friday night. The Huskies will host the Devils at 7 p.m. in Edwards. The Delta Panthers improved to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in league, and they travel to Palisade, which is also 4-1 in league.