‘Dogs get nipped: Strong 4th quarter allows Glenwood to escape with win
It’s going to be a while before this one is forgotten.
The Palisade High School football team saw Glenwood Springs erase a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter Thursday night at Stocker Stadium to defeat the Bulldogs 21-20.
“I love the kids, but at the end of the day, they cowered to the score,” Palisade coach John Arledge said. “Instead of taking the win, they held on not to lose, and that’s the result.”
The Bulldogs seemed to have a comfortable lead after Ronald Kuntz’s 37-yard touchdown catch at the end of the third quarter.
The Demons responded on their ensuing drive with a 50-yard touchdown run by quarterback Luke Jacob.
Glenwood went ahead after forcing Palisade to go three-and-out with 6:39 remaining. Drew Halsch capped a 64-yard drive with a 4-yard run to give the Demons a one-point advantage.
Palisade’s Dasjon Buford returned the kickoff to the Bulldogs’ 40-yard line, but Palisade couldn’t muster another drive with two minutes remaining.
“It was a greater effort on their part I guess,” Palisade’s Jamr Rhodes said.
The loss was especially disappointing for Rhodes, a senior strong safety and wide receiver who played an unbelievable game.
Rhodes opened the scoring by scooping up a blocked field goal on Glenwood’s first drive and returning it 55 yards to put the Bulldogs up 8-0.
Rhodes helped set up Palisade’s next score in the second quarter with a 45-yard reception from quarterback Luke McLean.
Not done yet, Rhodes nearly gave Palisade a huge boost going into halftime after intercepting Jacob’s pass and returning it to the 1-yard line as the clock expired.
It appeared there was time remaining when Jacob tripped up Rhodes, but the officials didn’t put any time back on the clock and Palisade held a 14-8 halftime lead.
“Jamr had a big game, it was fantastic,” Arledge said. “You can’t get any better than that, but he should have scored before the half.”
Rhodes agreed with his coach.
“I read his eyes and made the pick,” Rhodes said. “But I should have scored.”
In the second half, Glenwood abandoned the passing game and went to the run.
Jacob racked up 119 rushing yards in the second half and finished with 139 yards on the ground.
Jacob also completed 16 of 31 passes for 162 yards.
Palisade’s offense was outgained 403 to 235.
“This is huge right now,” Demons wide receiver Austin Tribble said. “It was all about heart tonight.”
Tribble was the Demons’ leading receiver with six catches for 58 yards.
Palisade’s normally solid rushing attack was held to only 75 yards on 32 carries. The Bulldogs scored on two of their 11 offensive series and were forced to punt six times.
“They threw everything they had at us and we couldn’t pick it up,” Rhodes said. “We know we should have won this game.”
McLean finished with 160 yards passing and Rhodes had 60 yards receiving on four catches.
Rhodes said the Bulldogs need a big game next week against Moffat County.
“We need to put up 50 points just to get our confidence back up,” Rhodes said. “We needed this one for the long run, but we are still going to play hard and have a long way to go.”