Palisade’s season ends after failed two-point conversion
Palisade rolled the dice on a late two-point conversion and suffered the consequences.Down 7-0 against Falcon in the Class 3A football state playoff semifinal, the visiting Bulldogs rallied for a late touchdown run by Travis Fehlman with 37.9 seconds left. Rather than kick the extra point and force overtime, Palisade opted to go for the win.But the Falcons’ secondary came through, breaking up a passing play and more or less wrapping up their trip to next weekend’s state championship against Berthoud, which advanced to the final with a 35-33 win over Pueblo County on Saturday.Palisade miraculously did find itself in position to win after the failed conversion, thanks to a recovered onside kick. But the Bulldogs, without any timeouts, couldn’t muster much movement on offense and missed on a last-second field goal from 45 yards out.Palisade, the only remaining Class 3A Western Slope League school in the 3A playoffs, had its chances to score in the fourth quarter, but were stuffed on one last-frame red zone trip. In the first quarter, the Bulldogs fumbled away inside the Falcon 20-yard line.Palisade, the fifth seed in the 3A playoff bracket, wrapped a 10-3 season with Saturday’s loss. Falcon, the No. 1 seed, is now 13-0 on the year.
In the Class 2A state title game, Platte Valley beat Platte Canyon 21-7 to win it all. Akron beat up on Limon in the Class 1A state title game, running away with a 46-14 win.
Grandview, the team Glenwood Springs coach Rocky Whitworth coached before taking over the Demon program, is bound for the Class 5A state final after beating up on Bear Creek 42-14 on Saturday.Douglas County meets Grandview in the title game after knocking off Mullen 21-14 Friday night.In the Class 4A playoffs, it’ll be Monarch and Pueblo West squaring off in next weekend’s state final.Monarch advanced from Friday’s semifinal by beating Cherokee Trail 6-0 in overtime. Pueblo West dispatched Broomfield, 21-14.
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