The Palisade Bulldogs are one of four teams remaining in the 3A high school football playoffs, just two victories away from a state championship.
Although this is a holiday week, the Bulldogs are not taking a vacation. They must prepare to face an undefeated Palmer Ridge team that breezed passed Rifle with a 49-7 quarterfinal win. The two-seed Bears are 12-0 this season. So for Palisade, as the dream of a state title inches closer, there is no break for the Bulldogs.
"I told the guys, this is like it is for you in the pros," said Palisade head coach Joe Ramunno. "You get to just come in late in the day, and you don't even have to shower. You just get up and come to work and enjoy it. But it's great for us, we've been able to spend a lot of time getting things ready to roll."
"I know it's coming down to my last few games for sure now," said Palisade senior running back/safety Austin Bernal. "Just taking in every game knowing that it could be my last and just playing as hard as I can. It's been exciting. Hopefully we can get through these last two games and get a state title."
That quest for a state title continues Saturday when Palisade and Palmer Ridge kickoff their semifinal game at one o'clock at Palmer Ridge.