HS Football: No. 2 Palisade preps for no. 1 Rifle

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) Week six of prep football has a few key match-ups. In the mix of it all are the top two 3A teams in the state representing the Western Slope - number one Rifle and number two Palisade.

For years these two have been back and forth in their rivalry. Since 2000, the Bulldogs hold an 8-6 edge in the series with the Bears taking the last two games. But now it's a new season and Palisade is coming ready under the new leadership of Joe Ramunno.

Both teams enter with a perfect conference record and a high-powered offense that has averaged over 40 points per game. On paper these teams look to be evenly matched, but these guys know from experience anything can happen.

"We got a good game plan going, and we're just going to keep playing football like we have been," said senior quarterback Levi Hoaglund. "We've been practicing hard this week to play against Rifle and we're excited and ready to go.

"The focus this week is really just beating Rifle," said senior running back Dalton Hannigan. "We don't really care about rankings because it doesn't really matter until the end of the season, stuff like that, and we're all really just trying to stay focused and get done what we need to get done to beat Rifle."

"We've got to go out and execute, and that credit goes to Rifle," said head coach Joe Ramunno, referring to Palisade's loss in 2012. "They shut us down and they did some things very very well, and we didn't execute like we need to, and we're going to have to do that this week.

The teams play at 7:00 PM Friday night at Rifle High School. Tune in Friday night at ten for the weekly segment of the Friday Night Blitz featuring highlights from this game and more around the valley.

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