Palisades High School football team improved its overall record to 5-2 with the defeat of the Fairfax Lions 36-13 on Friday night. With the win on the school’s homecoming, the Dolphins are now 2-0 in the Western League.
On the kickoff, the Lions gave the Dolphins a scare with a 65-yard return to the Pali 24. But two plays later, Fairfax fumbled, and Palisades took over on the 50.
Quarterback Roman LaScala moved the ball to the Lions 22 and sophomore Harrison Carter ran it in for Pali’s first touchdown. Senior kicker Kellen Ford, made the first of four PATS. Just three minutes into the game the Dolphins were up 7 -0.
Fairfax was unable to move the ball and had to punt. Sophomore LeHenry Solomon picked it up on the Lions 40 and ran it to the 8-yard line. LaScala handed the ball to junior Teralle Watson, who ran it in for the second TD of the game. Dolphins went for two, which put them up 15-0.
The celebration was short-lived because on kickoff, the Lions’ Sebastian Ikolo made an 85-yard run into the end zone. Kicker Angel Recinos made the PAT.
With three minutes left in the first quarter, Watson scored his second touchdown from the Lion’s six-yard line. During the second quarter, both teams remained scoreless.
The nearly full stadium enjoyed the half-time entertainment provided by the cheerleaders, the dance team and the marching band.
The third quarter produced a strong defensive effort by both teams. Pali was on the Lion’s 18, but a failed field goal, gave the ball to Fairfax. Several plays later, Pali junior Cash Allen recovered a fumble on the Lion’s 24.
A pass interference call moved the ball to the 9-yard-line. With 20 seconds left in the third quarter, LaScala would have his first touchdown, taking the ball in from the one-yard line. His second TD would come in the fourth quarter with a run from the Lion’s 7-yard-line.
The final score of the game would come late in the fourth quarter when Fairfax quarterback Ivan Levant hit receiver Adrian Moss in the endzone from the 12-yard line, the PAT was not good.
In Western League, the Dolphins have now defeated Hamilton (27-0) and Fairfax and lead the league. On Friday, they play at Westchester at 4 p.m., Venice is away on October 20 and the last game of the regular season is October 27 with senior night at home.
The JV team won 81-7.