Palisade dominates 3A All-Western Slope Conference team
To the winner go the spoils.
The Palisade High School football team won the Class 3A Western Slope Conference title this past season. As a result, the Bulldogs had more players on the all-WSC team than any other team.
The team was released Thursday. Palisade had eight first-team selections, the league’s offensive player of the year, its special teams player of the year and its coach of the year.
All-conference selections are determined by the WSC’s coaches at the conclusion of the regular season. Conference bylaws give the champion the most all-WSC selections.
Selected as the WSC’s offensive player of the year was Palisade senior quarterback P.D. Riddle. Riddle finished with 1,011 rushing yards — sixth best among all quarterbacks in Colorado — with 13 touchdowns on 116 carries. He also threw for 1,194 yards with 17 touchdowns and only five interceptions.
Riddle was one of only two Class 3A quarterbacks who surpassed 1,000 rushing and passing yards.
Palisade’s Joe Ramunno was selected as the WSC’s coach of the year. He led the Bulldogs to a 10-2 record (5-0 WSC) and is 37-11 since his return in 2013. Senior Isaac Maestas was the special teams player of the year, finishing with 832 all-purpose yards, netting 31 touchbacks on 55 kickoffs and making 43 of 48 field goal attempts.
Rifle senior linebacker Blaine Vance was the WSC’s defensive player of the year. Vance, who was also the Bears’ leading rusher with 1,325 yards, had a team-high 80 tackles.
Riddle was a first-team selection for Palisade along with Austin Bernal, Daniel McLean, Kyle Hall, Tanner Pratt, Maestas, Caleb Brown and Braden Gonzalez. Rifle’s first-team players were Vance, Alex Cordova, Connor Gould, Camron Shepherd and Drake Montgomery.
Honorable mentions for Palisade were Terrance Williams, Farris Billy, Danny Tate, AJ Cole, Parker Broe, Dylan Twining, Miguel Quintana and Jose Medrano. Rifle had five honorable mentions: Max Demann, Brian DeLaRosa, Ramon Salvidrez, Luke Ellis and Ariel Herrera.