Pali High Football Takes Advantage of Bye Week

The Palisades High football team gets a much-needed rest this week before opening Western League action next Friday against Hamilton. For the second year in a row, the Dolphins enter the second phase of their season at 4-1 after escaping with a one-point victory against Huntington Park in their nonleague finale.

“Thank God we have our bye week,” Coach Tim Hyde said. “We have made a ton of mistakes  the last two weeks so we need to see what’s up with that, correct things and get ready for league.”

Palisades is pursuing a third consecutive league title, having shared the crown with Venice in 2015 and finishing in a three-way tie for first with Venice and Westchester last fall. University and Westchester, both 2-3, also have byes this week while Fairfax and Venice, both 2-2, wrap up their nonleague slates tonight and tomorrow. The Dolphins play three of their final five regular season games at Stadium by the Sea.

After starting 5-0, the junnior varsity squad seeks to regain the league title. Coach Ray Marsden has yet to decide on a quarterback, as Nick Ghysels and Forrest Brock have alternated series through the first five games.

“I wish one of them would make my decision easier,” Marsden said. “Until then, I’m totally fine giving them equal time.”