For Palisade High School football, a league title is a consolation prize. The Bulldogs are after bigger bones. For this Grand Valley school, that means the State Championship.
Palisade has been fortunate enough, or talented enough, to claim State Championships as frequently as other valley teams take league. This fact has Head Coach John Arledge eyeing the 3A crown once again, and the team won't be satisfied with anything else.
Senior running back Jesse Kirstater says losing in the second-round of the 3A playoffs last year to Florence has left a bad taste in his mouth. You'll find the rest of the team agrees with him.
Palisade is the first local team to begin practices. They started Monday with three-a-days, and you won't find any of the players complaining.
Whining at Palisade is an oxymoron. This team is a hard-nosed blend of roughnecks, and for those few youngsters that aren't, rest-assured, Coach Arledge will create them.