Palisade keeps WSL hopes alive in state football playoffs |

Palisade keeps WSL hopes alive in state football playoffs

Palisade struck a blow in the name of the Class 3A Western Slope League on Saturday, parlaying seven turnovers into a 38-28 win at Fort Morgan in the quarterfinals of the state football playoffs.The 10-2 Bulldogs, the last WSL school standing, took out the 10-2 Tri-Valley League champs with a balanced offense.Aaron Wagler accounted for three Palisade touchdowns, two on the ground and one in the air from Jason Logsdon.Zach Adair finished with 117 yards on 24 carries for the Bulldogs, while quarterback Jake Appling tossed for 110 yards and two TDs, including a 46-yard scoring toss to Adair.Palisade trailed 21-17 at halftime before scoring three of the game’s final four TDs to escape Fort Morgan with the win.The Bulldogs will travel to face 12-0 Falcon for next week’s semifinal. Falcon nipped Conifer 17-13 on Friday night.Also on Saturday, 15th-seeded Sterling bowed out of the playoffs with a 28-17 loss to 10th-seeded Berthoud. The Tigers upset Class 3A’s No. 2 seed, Glenwood Springs, in overtime last weekend.

In the Class 1A semifinals on Saturday, Akron beat up on the last remaining WSL school, Hayden, to the tune of 55-6 to advance to the state championship game.Akron will face Limon in next weekend’s 1A title game. Limon scored a 23-21 win over Wray in the other semifinal. Wray is the school that cut short Grand Valley’s playoff run, beating the Cardinals 20-19 in the quarterfinals last weekend.

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