Palisade advances, Rifle ousted in football playoffs
As the only two teams left to represent the 3A Western Slope League, Palisade High School and Rifle High School suited up Saturday in the quarterfinals of the 3A state football playoffs.
Palisade hosted Kennedy at Stocker Stadium and used physical play to score a victory over the Commanders, 47-7.
Rifle, entering the contest 11-0, wasn’t as lucky, as the Bears fell at home to Windsor, 36-15.
Palisade, the No. 10 seed, beat No. 7 Evergreen in the first round, 35-27, before toppling No. 2 Kennedy.
Luke McLean got the Bulldogs on the board first with a 6-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and Palisade lead 28-7 at the half.
Palisade sacked Kennedy’s Braden Miltenberger for a safety in the third quarter and held the Commanders scoreless in the second half.
Quinn Zamora led the Palisade attack with 108 yards on the ground, and McLean added a 38-yard passing touchdown in the second quarter.
The Bulldogs (10-2) will play No. 3 Silver Creek in the semifinals at 1 p.m. Saturday.
While Palisade scored early and often, No. 4 Rifle couldn’t get its offense going.
The Bears trailed No. 5 Windsor, 12-8, entering the fourth quarter at which point the Wizards broke the game open.
Aaron Schmidt, William Dressor and Joseph Sanger each had a rushing touchdown for Windsor in the span of less than three minutes in the final quarter.
Windsor (11-1) finished the game with 319 rushing yards.
Ryan Moeller had the Bears’ only touchdown, running the ball in from 3 yards out in the first quarter.
The Wizards will play No. 16 Frederick in the semifinals for a chance to play in the state championship game.
Battle Mountain High School also made the playoffs as the No. 9 seed, but fell, 40-38, to No. 8 D’Evelyn in the first round Nov. 12.