Palisade blanks Moffat County in WSC finale

Palisade used long runs and longer interception returns Friday night to make quick work of Moffat County in a 47-0 win in Class 3A Western Slope Conference football.

Palisade’s win gives it the 3A Western Slope Conference championship. Rifle matched the Bulldogs with a 7-1 conference mark, but Palisade’s 28-27 win over the Bears gave it the head-to-head tiebreaker for the title.

Palisade (9-1) scored three touchdowns in the first quarter, one on a 65-yard run by quarterback Levi Hoaglund and another on a 68-yard interception return by Robert DeSantis.

Running back Dalton Hannigan scored on a 35-yard run in the second quarter for his third touchdown, and Austin Terry scored on a 7-yard run with 5:44 left in the half to start the running clock with a 41-0 lead. Hannigan scored his fourth touchdown as time expired in the half, returning an interception 95 yards.

Rifle 47, Eagle Valley 0: The Bears (8-2, 7-1 WSC) scored 21 first-quarter points en route to an easy 3A WSC win.

Javier Nunez, who rushed eight times for 89 yards on one drive in the third quarter, scored the Bears’ first two touchdowns. Quarterback Layton Stutsman and running back Brock Clark each ran for two touchdowns.

The Devils finished the season 5-5, 3-5 WSC.

Fruita Monument 35, Thornton 20: The Wildcats (4-6) took a 21-3 lead at the half en route to winning a Class 5A nonqualifier game.

Fruita coach Sean Mulvey said his team used several big plays on offense to score, and the defense got a couple of fumble recoveries and a couple of fourth-down stops as the Wildcats took a 21-0 lead. Fruita extended its lead to 35-3 in the second half.

“It’s always nice to finish with a W at the end,” Mulvey said. “It’s nice to send the seniors off that way, and we got to play some young kids. It was a good game for us.”

Thornton finished the season 4-6.

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