While the varsity football team was in action playing four games in the spring, Palisades High junior varsity coach Ray Marsden could only watch from the sideline. All JV sports were canceled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, as was the Dolphins’ JV opener the week before, so no one was happier for the players than he when they finally took the field for their first game in nearly 21 months.
Playing El Camino Real on Friday afternoon because San Fernando, the varsity team’s opponent, did not field a JV squad, the Dolphins showed plenty of rust but managed to pull out an 8-0 victory at Stadium by the Sea.
Marsden watched in dismay as his team marched inside the 10-yard line twice but came away with zero points. The only points of the game were scored just before halftime. Palisades’ defense forced a three-and-out, giving the offense one last possession with just over two minutes left in the second quarter.
Quarterback Roman La Scala connected with Brayden Sanford on a 40-yard touchdown pass play and Austin Meloche added the two-point conversion on a sweep.
ECR scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter but it was called back on an illegal receiver downfield penalty. Palisades’ JV hosts Granada Hills today at 4 p.m.
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