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Palmer Ridge football beats Palisade in 3A semifinal

The Bears earned their first trip to the state championship game with a 28-14 win over the Bulldogs on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium.

The Palmer Ridge football team breaks through the banner before a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)
The Palmer Ridge football team breaks through the banner before a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge receiver Deuce Roberson battles with a Palisade defneder during a 3A football semfinal game on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)
Palmer Ridge receiver Deuce Roberson battles with a Palisade defneder during a 3A football semfinal game on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge quarterback Ty Evans fakes a handoff to Raef Ruel (30) during a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)
Palmer Ridge quarterback Ty Evans fakes a handoff to Raef Ruel (30) during a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge cornerback Cameron Colangelo (3) brings down a Palisade player during a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)
Palmer Ridge cornerback Cameron Colangelo (3) brings down a Palisade player during a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)

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Game captains for Palmer Ridge walk out to the center of the field before a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. From left to right, Zach Hester (8), Garrett Marchetti (68), Cory Mclellan (1) and Ty Evans (18). The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)
Game captains for Palmer Ridge walk out to the center of the field before a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. From left to right, Zach Hester (8), Garrett Marchetti (68), Cory Mclellan (1) and Ty Evans (18). The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge quarterback Ty Evans passes to Deuce Roberson (2) during a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)
Palmer Ridge quarterback Ty Evans passes to Deuce Roberson (2) during a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge quarterback Ty Evans (18) makes a pass under pressure during a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)
Palmer Ridge quarterback Ty Evans (18) makes a pass under pressure during a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge tackle Jacob Dillon brings down a Palisade player during a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)
Palmer Ridge tackle Jacob Dillon brings down a Palisade player during a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)

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A Palisade running back breaks through Palmer Ridge tackles during a3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)
A Palisade running back breaks through Palmer Ridge tackles during a3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge returner Deuce Roberson returns a kickoff for a touchdown during a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)
Palmer Ridge returner Deuce Roberson returns a kickoff for a touchdown during a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge coaches signal touchdown as Deuce Roberson returns a kickoff to the endzone to give the Bears a lead during a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)
Palmer Ridge coaches signal touchdown as Deuce Roberson returns a kickoff to the endzone to give the Bears a lead during a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)

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Deuce Roberson (2) flexes muscle after the Palmer Ridge defense makes a big play during a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)
Deuce Roberson (2) flexes muscle after the Palmer Ridge defense makes a big play during a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)

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The Palmer Ridge student section cheers during a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)
The Palmer Ridge student section cheers during a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)

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A Palmer Ridge freshman Bryce Glenn throws up his hands to pump up the crowd during a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)
A Palmer Ridge freshman Bryce Glenn throws up his hands to pump up the crowd during a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)

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Cory Mclellan (1) of Palmer Ridge bats down a Palisade pass during a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)
Cory Mclellan (1) of Palmer Ridge bats down a Palisade pass during a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge's Cory Mclellan pulls down an interception during a3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)
Palmer Ridge's Cory Mclellan pulls down an interception during a3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)

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Cory Mclellan (1) and Dylan Matesi (5) celebrate after Mclellan forces a turnover during a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)
Cory Mclellan (1) and Dylan Matesi (5) celebrate after Mclellan forces a turnover during a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)

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The Palmer Ridge student section waves a 'Ridge Rage' flag during a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)
The Palmer Ridge student section waves a 'Ridge Rage' flag during a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge linebacker JC Sparks (21) hugs quarterback Ty Evans after a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)
Palmer Ridge linebacker JC Sparks (21) hugs quarterback Ty Evans after a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)

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The Palmer Ridge football team sings the school fight song after a 3A football semifnal win over Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)
The Palmer Ridge football team sings the school fight song after a 3A football semifnal win over Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge quarterback Ty Evans shouts the fight song after a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)
Palmer Ridge quarterback Ty Evans shouts the fight song after a 3A football semfinal game against Palisade on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. The Bears' defeated the Bulldogs 28-14 for their first-ever trip to the state championship. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge head coach Tom Pulford speaks to his team after the Bears won 28-14 over Palisade to punch their ticket to the team's first state championship game. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)
Palmer Ridge head coach Tom Pulford speaks to his team after the Bears won 28-14 over Palisade to punch their ticket to the team's first state championship game. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)

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