Runnin’ with the Dogs
Starters get plenty of rest in Palisade's 70-point win
The first quarter wasn’t even halfway through when Easton Woods returned a punt 35 yards for the touchdown that put Palisade ahead 27-0.
With about a minute and a half left in the opening quarter, Palisade surpassed the 40-point advantage needed to start the running clock.
Then, it was time to sit the starters.
Battle Mountain was clearly overmatched against Palisade’s varsity Friday afternoon in their Class 3A Western Slope Conference football game.
And things didn’t get much better for the Huskies when they essentially faced the Bulldogs’ junior varsity for the final three quarters as Palisade routed Battle Mountain 70-0.
“I feel for them,” Bulldogs coach Joe Ramunno said. “That’s always hard.”
The Palisade starters met little resistance in the trenches on both sides of the ball. The offense usually got the ball with a short field and needed merely a play or two to score.
The Bulldogs’ toss sweep often led to a touchdown without the runner getting touched, such as Dalton Hannigan’s 16-yard run that put Palisade ahead 23-0 and his 7-yard run that made it 34-0.
The Bulldogs’ defense consistently stuffed Battle Mountain’s offense for negative yards and forced two early turnovers, the second one being a fumble Devan Lucero scooped up and took the remaining few steps to the goal line to score, making it 20-0.
There wasn’t much for Palisade to learn from the game, so the real takeaway was getting playing time for the backups and experience for junior varsity players.
“We played a lot of young kids,” Ramunno said. “I just wanted to get them experience playing, and every kid did play who could play.”
Greater challenges await in the next two weeks, Ramunno said. Durango, a Class 4A team, will bring a 4-0 record to Palisade next week. The next week, the Bulldogs go to Class 3A WSC rival Rifle, which also is 4-0.
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up next: Durango at Palisade, 4 p.m. Sept. 28, Palisade HS
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up next: Dakota Ridge at Central, 7 p.m., Sept. 28, Stocker Stadium