Class 4A No. 2 Palmer Ridge builds momentum, crushes No. 7 Montrose – The Denver Publish


MONUMENT — Palmer Ridge scored two touchdowns in 24 seconds to start the second half and completed with 28 third-quarter factors in rallying at hand No. 7 Montrose its first loss, 42-20, Friday night time at Don Breese Stadium.
The second-ranked Bears, who trailed 14-Zero after the primary quarter and 14-7 at halftime, recovered an onside kick to start the third quarter, resulting in a fast landing. Then on the following kickoff, they recovered one other kickoff within the flat roughly 20 yards downfield and struck for an additional fast TD
These two scores, coupled with a 97-yard passing landing from sophomore backup quarterback Jimmy Thomas, accomplished Palmer Ridge’s four-touchdown surge because the Bears (4-0) remained unbeaten on the season. Thomas stuffed in for Colorado State-bound star quarterback Luke McAllister for one play, after McAllister was injured whereas throwing the ball away to keep away from a sack in his finish zone.
The 6-foot-5 McAllister bought sizzling because the climate cooled, ending 18-of-25 passing for 297 yards and three touchdowns. He threw two interceptions within the first half — each on deep balls.
“As soon as we bought it rolling — unstoppable. I’m additionally extraordinarily pleased with my backup quarterback. Jimmy went in there, threw an absolute dime, 97-yard landing. Couldn’t be extra pleased for him. Couldn’t be extra proud. As soon as we bought it found out, we have been rolling, they couldn’t cease us,” McAllister mentioned.
McAllister was 7-of-12 passing for 143 yards within the first half. However his two deep passes have been intercepted by Eli Evans, the latter with seven seconds left within the second quarter and Palmer Ridge at Montrose’s 43-yard line.

The Indians (3-1) led 14-Zero after the primary quarter on 6- and 3-yard runs by junior Austin Griffin. The Bears reduce their deficit in half when Kaden Dudley scored on a 2-yard run within the second quarter.
“Doesn’t at all times go your method,” Montrose coach Brett Mertens mentioned. “I assumed the primary onside kick we had an opportunity at. The second, it wasn’t even shut … That positively swung the momentum of their favor and we in all probability couldn’t afford that at the moment.
“We wanted the ball and have an honest drive. As soon as they bought the momentum, they’re powerful to cease after they get rolling. That’s the important thing — the primary half we didn’t give loads of momentum. We sort of managed the sport.”
Montrose 14 Zero 6 0 — 20
Palmer Ridge Zero 7 28 7 — 42
M — A. Griffin 6 run (Inexperienced kick). M — A. Griffin Three run (Inexperienced kick). PR — Dudley 2 run (Pollreisz kick). PR — Costanzo 14 move from McAllister (Pollreisz kick). PR — Robinson 30 move from McAllister (Pollreisz kick). PR — Jones 97 move from Thomas (kick failed). PR — Robinson 15 run (Twesme from McAllister 2-point conversion). M — B. Griffin 46 run (kick blocked). PR — Jones 20 move from McAllister (Pollreisz kick).


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