Palisade Varsity Football Team Endures Their Third Defeat Of The Season

Bulldogs on offense against the Panthers.

Joey Smith

Bulldogs on offense against the Panthers.

With three games into the football season, the Palisade varsity football team took their third loss against the Panthers. Read more to see how their game went, as well as Coach Ramunno’s take on it. 

The Bulldogs played against the Panthers on Thursday the 8th. The game started with a kickoff from Palisade. With Palisade on defense, Delta went for a field goal attempt on a fourth down. The field goal was good. With 4 minutes and 42 seconds left in the first quarter, Palisade’s running back number 41, Phallen Salvati, made a touchdown. The field goal attempt was good by number 29, Trevin Brannon. Delta scored a touchdown with 1 minute and 21 seconds left in the first quarter. The first quarter ended with Delta in the lead, 7-10. Palisade’s quarterback number 8, Malakhi Espinosa, ran the ball into the endzone with 4 minutes and 11 seconds left in the second quarter. With Palisade in the lead, Delta scored with 27 seconds left in the second quarter. Delta ended up taking the lead again at the end of the second quarter. Palisade’s quarterback, number 8, made another touchdown with 2 minutes and 59 seconds left in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Delta scored twice, with the second touchdown making the score, 31-20 Delta. Palisade walked off the field that night with a record of 0 wins and 3 losses. 

Coach Ramunno felt that the team “played average”. He proceeded to say “Delta is a good team. We did some really good things. We just unfortunately didn’t convert in a couple of key situations.” When asked about the team’s greatest challenge, Coach Ramunno said, “because our schedule is so tough, our challenge is trying to stay positive, to keep working to the next week, and to get better.” For a better performance in the future, Coach Ramunno said, “what we’ve got to do is get the person in the right position and we’ve just got to play more together as one.” 

This isn’t the end for the Palisade Bulldog football team. Their next game is in Montrose on Friday the 16th. Come out to Montrose to see what our Bulldogs can do.