Maximum Effort

By STEVE GALLUZZO | Sports Editor

No matter what the score and no matter who is in the game Palisades High junior varsity football coach Ray Marsden expects his players to give it 100 percent on each and every snap.      

The Dolphins earned praise from their coach and more doughnuts on Monday after their 48-0 shutout of visitng Hamilton last Friday afternoon—a victory they achieved without having to attempt a pass.

“Six different guys scored touchdowns and we got the two-point conversion after every one of them so it was good execution all around,” Marsden said. “We got such a strong push up front that we just kept the ball on the ground the whole game.”

Still disappointed that they didn’t get a chance to play archrival Venice because of poor air quality, the  Dolphins can nevertheless wrap up league play unbeaten with a win tomorrow at Fairfax.

Palisades took command from the first whistle as ninth-grader Amari Yolas returned the opening kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown.

Kenneth Ruiz intercepts a pass in the Dolphins’ 48-0 victory over Hamilton.

Barrett Gordon and Xavier Smith ran for scores in the first quarter and sophomore lineman Corey Ehrlich got into the act in the second quarter, powering  into the end zone for his first touchdown of the year.   

Ahead 32-0 at halftime, the Dolphins showed no let up in the third quarter as yet another lineman, freshman Nicholas Washington, scored on a sweep to cap Palisades’ first drive of the second half.

Sophomore defensive back Kenneth Ruiz picked off a pass near the Yankees’ 40-yard line and weaved his way for a touchdown, then quarterback Thomas Cutrono added the two-point run to close the scoring.

Since dropping their season-opener at Cleveland  the Dolphins have outscored their last six opponents 305-12 and have not allowed a point in league play, outscoring Westchester, University and Hamilton by a combined 158-0.