Bulldogs easily run away from Demons
The Palisade Bulldogs used a dominating first quarter to cruise to an easy win Friday night.
After nine plays of offense, the Bulldogs ran up 250 yards of total offense and 28 points en route to a 49-6 win over Glenwood Springs at Stocker Stadium.
Head coach Joe Ramunno was happy with the game.
“It was good for us, we were executing and doing some things well but we still had some moments that we didn’t play as solid as we need to,” he said. “We’re always preparing for the big picture and we know we’ve gotta be able to compete and do things at a consistent basis every game.”
It was the Class 4A Western Slope Conference opener for both teams.
For much of the first quarter, it looked more like a track meet than a football game for Palisade (5-1, 1-0 WSC).
P.D. Riddle was efficient with his legs and arm. After an 11-yard scoring toss to Daniel McLean, the senior quarterback launched a beautiful throw to Austin Bernal for a 33-yard touchdown.
Isaac Maestas then got into the act, taking a late pitch from Riddle and zipping down the right sideline for a 65-yard score.
The next time Palisade touched the football, a perfectly designed counter play had Maestas in the open field and sprinting untouched for an 80-yard TD.
Defensively, it was an equally impressive performance for Palisade.
Bernal said it was a good all-around effort.
“It was a good effort, we really played hard for all 48 minutes. We still need to fix a few things but we just did what the coaches asked us to do and executed,” he said.
Playing without a number of players, including their leading rusher, the Demons (2-4, 0-1 WSC) finally put together a nice 13-play, 83-yard drive in the second quarter.
Quarterback Jake Townsley, who had 36 yards rushing and 19 yard passing on the drive, scored on a 6-yard run to cut the lead to 35-6.
But the Bulldogs were unrelenting with Riddle doing some major damage with his legs. He ended the game with 129 yards on only eight carries.
After a loss of 24 on a botched option play, Riddle broke two tackles for a 39-yard TD run on the next play. He then directed the Bulldogs on a 90-yard scoring drive just before halftime that included a 37-yard pass to Maestas. Terrance Williams scored from two yards out with 15 seconds left in the first half to make the score 42-6.
Defensively, Williams, Kyle Hall, Danny Tate and others did a good job plugging the middle of the line and shutting down Glenwood’s running game. After the first quarter, the Demons had negative-1 yard of total offense. Prescott Price and Miguel Campbell each had interceptions for the Bulldogs.
The Palisade passing game was solid with Riddle completing 6 of 8 passes for 130 yards.
Bernal, who finished with 85 yards receiving and 66 yards rushing, said the Bulldogs need to be able to throw the ball to be effective.
“It’s nice to be able to run and then throw off the run,” he said. “We have guys who can catch the ball and P.D. can throw the ball and our linemen are doing a great job in protection.”