Pali High JV Football Wins League Opener

By STEVE GALLUZZO | Sports Editor

After playing what head coach Ray Marsden described as the best half of football all season, the Palisades High junor varsity team cared about one thing only in the last 24 minutes of last Friday’s league opener against Westchester: keeping the Comets off the scoreboard.

The Dolphins (4-1) did just that, posting their second shutout of the year 46-0 and afterwards running back Hugo Anoh reminded his coach that meant doughnuts for all on Monday.      

“We did everything we wanted to at the start of the game,” Marsden said. “Our defense got a pick-six on the first series, we got a sack, forced a three-and-out and scored on our drive and everyone was dialed in on offense. Now we have to turn the page and focus on Venice. That’s the game we circle on the calendar every year.”

Above: Linebacker Sy Riley (top) tackles Westchester running back Ilyas Abdullah in the second half of last Friday’s Western League game at Stadium by the Sea. The Dolphins improved to 5-1
Photo: Craig Weston

Linebacker Chris Washington got the rout started by intercepting a pass over the middle on the third play from scrimmage and returning it 15 yards for a touchdown.

Hugo Anoh ran 17 yards for a touchdown and added the two-point  conversion run on Palisades’ first drive and Washington ran seven yards for a score to make it 20-0 after the first quarter.

Gordon Barrett ran three yards for a touchdown, Anoh rushed nine yards on a sweep for a score, Xavier Smith and Maurice Burgess caught touchdown passes from Dylan Hassid and by halftime the Dolphins had all the points they needed. A running clock was used in the second half.

Marcus Brown Jr. made a leaping interception to set up Palisades’ final score with under a minute left in the second quarter.