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Steamboat Springs football crushed by Palisade

Luke Graham

Palisade's Dalton Hannigan cuts up the field toward a pack of Steamboat Springs tacklers Friday. A cold rain slowed both teams, but the Bulldogs pulled away, winning 52-7.

— What's defined the culture of Palisade football was on gruesome display Friday in Steamboat Springs.

The Bulldogs were a model of efficiency on a cold, dreary evening with rain falling so hard it kaleidoscoped the lights above.

Palisade did whatever it wanted on both sides of the ball, rolling up yards in chunks and making the Steamboat offense a helpless bystander in a 52-7 win.

"Those kids practice hard and play hard," said Bulldogs coach John Arledge, who brought a spirited bunch coming off a tough loss to No. 1 Rifle. "It's Palisade. It's just what we do."

And the Bulldogs did it all night long. Palisade rolled up 532 yards of offense, including a staggering 427 on the ground. The defense turned Steamboat impotent.

The Sailors gained 167 yards on the night. In the second half, Steamboat had 22 yards of offense, and in four second-half possessions, Steamboat had three three-and-outs and an interception. In the third quarter, the Sailors ran three plays on offense. Palisade ran 74 offensive plays to Steamboat's 38 on the night. The Bulldogs had five drives that took at least 12 plays.

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"They played harder. They hit harder," Steamboat coach Lonn Clementson said. "They were more ready to play at the beginning of the game and at the beginning of the third quarter. We have to look in the mirror and decide if we're going to get better. We've come too far to play like this. We should be beyond that."

In a sloppy first quarter, Palisade overcame two early fumbles to take an early lead. The Bulldogs opened up a 24-7 halftime lead thanks to a blocked punt in the end zone, touchdown runs by Luke McLean and Dalton Hannigan and a 26-yard field goal by Spencer Jackson.

From there, Palisade’s offensive line controlled the games. Hannigan added runs of 3, 12 and 54 yards to open up a 45-7 lead late in the fourth. Cody Latham got into the action with a late 44-yard run to make it a running clock.

"It was a smashmouth game because of the weather," Arledge said. "We were going to get back to what we do. We wanted to run the ball."

Hannigan was the workhorse, carrying the ball 29 times for 239 yards. Mitch McCannon led Steamboat with five carries for 89 yards.

"I felt like we were flat, and I'm not sure why that happened," Clementson said. "After our last two performances, I was excited to see more out of our team. Palisade is going to do what it does, but I'm not happy with what I saw."

It doesn't get any easier for Steamboat (3-4). The team plays No.1 Rifle at 7 p.m. Friday in Rifle. Palisade (6-1) next plays at 7 p.m. Friday at home against Delta.

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Game statistics

Palisade 52, Steamboat 7

Palisade Steamboat

23 First Downs 6

65-427 Rushes-Yards 19-118

5-9-0 Comp-Att-Int 7-19-1

105 Yards Passing 49

532 Total Yards 167

0-0 Punts-Avg. 5-26

2-2 Fumbles-lost 3-1

6-30 Penalties-Yards 2-10

■ Score by quarters

Palisade 07-17-07-21—52

Steamboat 00-07-00-00—07

■ Scoring summary

First quarter

P: 1:03, Palisade fumble recovery. (Spencer Jackson kick.)

Second quarter

P: 7:48 Luke McLean 6 run. (Jackson kick.)

S: 7:30, Mitch McCannon 75 run. (Joe DeLine kick.)

P: 5:02, Dalton Hannigan 7 run. (Jackson kick.)

P: 0:07, Jackson 26 FG.

Third quarter

P: 5:53, Hannigan 3 run. (Jackson kick.)

Fourth quarter

P: 10:36, Hannigan 12 run. (Jackson kick.)

P: 8:57, Hannigan 54 run. (Jackson kick.)

P: 1:08, Cody Latham 44 run. (Jackson kick.)

■ Individual statistics


P: Hannigan 29-239, 3 TD; Caden Woods 16-75. McLean 11-52, 1 TD; Easton Woods 4-5; Cody Latham 5-56, 1 TD.

S: Nick Harris 5-21; Christian Ramirez 7-6; Billy Clark 2-2; McCannon 5-89, 1 TD.


P: McLean 5-9-0, 105 yards.

S: Ramirez 7-19-1, 49 yards.


P: Caden Woods 3-62; Easton Woods 2-43.

S: McCannon 4-35; Ben Custer 3-14.

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