For the fifth straight season, the Palisade Bulldogs are headed to the second round of the state playoffs.
The Bulldogs have always had success in the opening round under head coach Joe Ramunno, but each year their season has ended in the next round. To open the playoffs last week, the six-seed Bulldogs fumbled the ball away three times, but were still able to beat Discovery Canyon by 20.
Saturday, the Bulldogs find themselves in the quarterfinals once again. Palisade travels to face three-seed Roosevelt. Trying to prevent another second round exit, the Bulldogs will draw from their first round experience.
“You get to play again,” said Ramunno. “You’re alive for another game. We learned a lot from that game. Each and every week. That’s what I love about this team I have here. They’re very coachable and they learn from week to week.”
“Last week, we kind of bonded together in the second half,” said sophomore quarterback Cameron Tucker. “It was, like I said, a lot of our’s first time experience in the playoffs. So, we’re looking forward to this weekend, playing against a good team in Roosevelt.”
Palisade and Roosevelt are 9-2 this season and enter the quarterfinals on long win streaks. Palisade has not lost since September 15th, winning seven straight games. Roosevelt has won five in a row, with their only 3A loss coming from one-seed Mead.
The Bulldogs and Roughriders kick off at 1:00 p.m. Saturday.