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Palmer’s season comes to close

Justin Tubbs, justin@ennisdailynews.com

Rudy Ramos (21), senior running back for Palmer High, played his final game in black and gold on Saturday in the first round of the state playoffs.

Rudy Ramos (21), senior running back for Palmer High, played his final game in black and gold on Saturday in the first round of the state playoffs.

Palmer’s season came to an end Saturday in Glen Rose with a 44-35 upset loss to the Clifton Cubs in the first round of the state playoffs. The Bulldogs held the lead for most of the game and were up 29-28 going into the fourth quarter, but the team was outscored 15-6 in the fourth.
Head coach Don Waddle said the key factor that put Clifton ahead was a couple of momentum swinging turnovers.

Palmer struggled to stop the Cubs’ running game all day long. The Bulldogs finally stopped Clifton late in the third quarter when a 4th and 14 pass from Tanner Thomas was intercepted in the end zone by Jake Anglin. The interception put Palmer in position to make its 29-28 lead a little more comfortable, but two plays later, the Bulldogs’ quarterback Ty Mitchell threw a dart down the middle of the field towards Rudy Ramos, and it was picked off by defensive back Gunner Wells.

Ten plays and 52 yards later, Thomas ran to pay dirt for the Cubs, and after a bootleg pass to Alex Simpson in the back end zone on the 2-point conversion, Clifton held a 36-29 lead.

Palmer struck back with a 58 yard touchdown strike from Mitchell to Dylan McCord with 7:15 showing on the clock. Palmer went by two, down by only one point, and failed with an Anglin run up the middle.

Waddle said he didn’t think his team should have tried for an extra point kick in that situation.

“We’re going to go with our best play and put the ball in our best player’s hands. And they just stuffed us,” he said.

Down by one with seven minutes remaining in the game, the Bulldogs tried an onside kick and set Clifton up with a short field. Seven run plays later, running back Jaren Brooks scored on a 2-yard power run play to the left. Thomas added the 2-point conversion on a run up the middle and put Palmer down by nine, 44-35, with 3:05 remaining.

Anglin was brought down 5 yards behind the line of scrimmage on the first play of the following drive on a trick running back pass play. Two plays later, Anglin caught a deep pass and took it 36 yards to Cliftons 30-yard line, but the play was moved back 15 yards because Anglin caught the face-mask of a defender when he tried to stiff-arm him.

With 1:06 showing on scoreboard, Mitchell threw an interception to defensive back Clayton Caniford when he was hit, causing the ball to fall short of his target.

Mitchell headed a group of 14 Palmer seniors, including McCord, Anglin, Ramos and Brian Archibald that played in their last high school football game.

“There was no difference today than how they were all year. They played as hard as they could all year long. They bought into the program,” Waddle said, “It’s what I expected from them. They gave it everything they had.”

Clifton was able to run the ball all game, forcing Palmer to come up with turnovers to stop the Cubs.

“We knew they were heavier than us up front and that they could possibly wear us down near the end of the game,” Waddle said, “We tried to fill every gap, and they were pushing us around.”

Senior defensive linemen Victor Mejia, Truman Burgett and Brian Archibald were able to wrap up runners in the backfield during stretches of the game.

Mitchell threw for 297 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 11-of-18 passing. Ramos ran for 54 yards and a touchdown on 6 carries and added 67 yards and another score on 3 receptions.

Anglin caught four balls for 146 yards. Senior Marcus Thach caught four passes for 39 yards, and McCord had 83 yards and 2 TDs with only two catches.

Look for photos from Saturday’s action in Glen Rose on Sunday morning.

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