GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. CHSAA football playoffs began on Saturday for 3A and 4A and Palisade and Montrose had home field advantage.
At Stocker Stadium, the Bulldogs hosted fifteen seed Lutheran.
The Lions jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter, but after a punt return that was stripped and recovered by Levi Hoaglund in the second quarter, the momentum towards the Bulldogs
They didn't let off from there.
They'll see the second round after knocking off Lutheran 35-25.
The senior Hoaglund got injured early in the game and had to be helped off the field, but got back out there and rushed for two touchdowns, threw for one, had a fumble recovery and an interception.
"He's been a big time player for us all year on both sides of the ball, special teams, he does it all," said Palisade head coach Joe Ramunno. "It's good to see guys like Levi step forward and the way he plays, he's a big time player."
Meanwhile in 4A, the Montrose Indians began their trek to Mile High as the one seed and taking on 16 seed Montbello.
While they welcomed back the now-healthy Angelo Youngren., the top rusher for the tribe was Michael Rocha, who scored their final two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
They too will move on to the second round after a 31-25 win
Head coach Todd Casebier knows they have much to work on to be ready for round two.
"We fumbled snaps," Casebier said. "You can't do that this time of year, it's unacceptable. There's some other things that went wrong and we have some other things to clean up but the bottom line is we're moving on."
As far as other western slope teams go, Paonia makes it into the semi-finals with a 31-15 win over Monte Vista and will face the undefeated number one seed Buena Vista next week.
Delta and Glenwood Springs both win by a point and will face each other in 3A's second round.
Rifle and Durango both fall.
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