DELTA — It was supposed to be a great match-up between ranked 3A teams, but a couple of injuries changed all that.
Fifth-ranked Cedar rolled to a 30-14 victory over No. 4 Delta, which lost starting quarterback Doug Fowles to an injury in the first quarter, and then back-up quarterback Marcus Pace in the second half.
"Whether or not we could've beat them, I don't know," said Delta coach Doug Fowles. "They're a good team."
Cedar's Kaylon Pickett rushed for two touchdowns, while Jordan Wood chipped in with a pair of passing touchdowns.
Fowles injured his leg on a first-quarter punt return, but the Rabbits were still in good shape with Pace running things. When a lingering back injury flared up for Pace, Delta turned to sophomore quarterback Denton Peterson, who usually doesn't even dress.
He played well, but against Cedar's outstanding defense, Delta had no shot.
"I told the kids I was proud of them for hanging in there," said Fowles. "We had six of our starters out by the end of the game, and we can't afford to lose anybody."
Cedar improved to 6-2 with the victory while Delta fell to 5-2.