Palisade hoping to build on football tradition starting Friday against Woodland Park

Palisade at Woodland Park, Friday, 7 p.m.

Focus: Palisade begins the season trekking nearly five hours to take on the Panthers.

Woodland Park finished the season 6-5 last season but returns its quarterback, Lee Stunkard, and running back Jordan Buss in a shotgun formation heavy offense. Arledge said the Panthers try to get to the edge and use their speed. Although the Bulldogs’ defense will be tested, Palisade controlled last year’s game on the ground rushing for 250 yards and four touchdowns. The Bulldogs again will rely on controlling the time of possession with a tough running game.

Area of Concern: For both teams, the first week comes down to who makes fewer mistakes. The keys to this game will be turnovers and penalties.

Outlook: “We are trying to be as sharp as we can. The reality is, it’s hard to be sharp. Both teams will have some sloppiness but we are looking to take care of the ball.” — Palisade coach John Arledge.

“Palisade is a great football program. We will have to be sound at everything we do.” —  Woodland Park coach Brent Cottrell.

Next Week: Palisade is home against Pueblo County.


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