Palisade hands Devils their first home loss, 26-14 |

Palisade hands Devils their first home loss, 26-14

During Eagle Valley's Senior Night in Gypsum Friday, senior Devin Ward makes his way through his team prior to their game against Palisade. The Devils put up a good fight, but fell to the Bulldogs, 26-14.
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Eagle Valley football

Palisade 0 13 6 7 - 26

EVHS 14 0 0 0 -14

First quarter

EVHS (6:40) L. Chavez 3 run. PAT failed. 6-0

EVHS (1:41) Rowles 3 run. M. Ramunno 2 pt conversion pass from Stevens. 14-0

Second quarter

Pal (6:43) Goff, 3 pass from E. Wood. PAT good. 14-7

Pal (:47) Woods 5 run. PAT blocked. 14-3

Third quarter

Pal (3:09) Goff 56 pass from Woods. 2 pt. conversion failed. 19-14

Fourth quarter

Pal (9:18) Hernandez 11 run. Combs kick. 26-14

These Eagle Valley seniors played their last regular-season home game:

Keifer Kaufman

Harrison Stevens

Mike Ramunno

Jeromy Lundblade

Ambrose Holcomb

Buck Ortiz

Cristian Aguilar

Luis Chavez

Ben Witt

Sam Adams

Riley Rowles

Mingmar Sherpa

Xavier Mendoza

Mario Terrazas

Raven Duty

Adrian Barela

Devin Ward

GYPSUM — The world was not always as it is now, young people.

Back in the deep recesses of history known only as “Hard Times,” — no particular point in history (actually, it was 1990 and 1991) — both Palisade and Eagle Valley football programs were experiencing “Hard Times.”

John Ramunno coached Eagle Valley; brother Joe Ramunno coached Palisade, and they still do, because the good stuff never changes.

One day the Ramunno brothers hatched a plan.

“We decided one of us should be in a good mood,” John said.

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So they played each other.

John and Eagle Valley won that first game in 1990. Joe and Palisade won the second in 1991.

Joe wandered off for 14 years to coach at Colorado Mesa University, and then wandered back to Palisade and the Brother Act resumed, this time in league play.

It’s the kids who matter, of course, but the winner of the Ramunno Sibling Slugfest probably has more fun at Thanksgiving dinner.

This year, it’ll be Joe.

Eagle Valley scored two first quarter touchdowns but gave up 26 unanswered points to lose for its first home game this season by a count of 26-14. The Devils fall to 6-3 on the season and 3-3 in the league.

Eagle Valley started at its own 33 as Riley Rowles, Buck Ortiz, Luis Chavez and Cristian Aguilar pounded and scampered for about four minutes until Chavez broke a tackle and slid sideways into the end zone from 3 yards out.

Eagle Valley then slammed the door on Palisade and took over on downs at midfield.

Chavez, Stevens, Ortiz and a host of Devils made it first and goal from the Palisade 3-yard line. Rowles powered it in, and Stevens found Ramunno in the corner of the end zone for a two-point conversion and a 14-0 lead.

Palisade finally shook off its offensive doldrums. Starting at its own 41, Palisade marched 55 yards to the Eagle Valley 4. Facing fourth-and-goal, the Bulldogs went to their bag of tricks with a halfback pass. Easton Woods took the pitch, sprinted right and lofted a floater to John Goff for the Bulldogs’ first touchdown.

Palisade started next at midfield and drove to the Eagle Valley 20. But a couple penalties and some smackdown by Devils tackle Devin Ward put an end to that.

Palisade wasn’t done. From its own 42, quarterback Arles Hernandez rolled right and threw a strike to Matt Sorenson for 45 yards to the Devils’ 4-yard line.

Eagle Valley stuffed the Bulldogs for three plays, but the Bulldogs gambled on fourth-and-goal from the 5, and Woods rolled in for the touchdown.

Eagle Valley’s Rowles blocked the PAT and the Devils were up 14-13 at halftime.

With most of the third quarter gone, the Bulldogs went back to their bag of tricks and pulled out that halfback pass again. Woods went back to Goff for a 56-yard touchdown to put Palisade in the lead.

Devils quarterback Harrison Stevens floated a prayer over the Palisade defensive backfield and Mike Ramunno made a circus catch deep in Palisade territory. But a fumble killed the drive and with one minute left in the third quarter Palisade switched to its power game. Four minutes later, Hernandez scored from 11 yards out on a keeper.

Eagle Valley closes out the regular season at Grand Junction Central next week.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or

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