Bulldogs overcome slow start, rout Rams
CARBONDALE — A sloppy field greeted Palisade High School Friday night, and a sloppy start slowed the Bulldogs for awhile.
The Bulldogs struggled with their footing and penalties early, but left Carbondale with a 42-0 win.
The offense couldn’t push in a touchdown until late in the first quarter on a 2-yard run by J.T. Townsend. Townsend finished the night with 15 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Palisade was up 14-0 with one minute left in the second quarter and worked a no-huddle offense that completed four straight passes, including an 8-yard touchdown pass from Luke McLean to Daniel Salazar.
“We’re a running team, so if we’re gonna get down the road, we’re gonna have to work on our passing,” said Bulldog coach John Arledge. “But I didn’t realize it was four straight complete passes.”
The bulk of the carries went to running back Ronald Kuntz and McLean.
Kuntz carried seven times for 104 yards, including a 77-yard scamper in the third quarter.
“I just saw my guys blocking for me,” Kuntz said. “They all got downfield and I just saw the hole.”
Kuntz also caught one pass for 23 yards.
McLean finished with 61 yards on nine carries and threw for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
McLean made an impact on defense with one interception.
“I had a lot of time today, got some really good blocks,” McLean said. “Whenever I ran, I could get positive gains every time and we always run the ball well.”