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3A championship football game: Palmer Ridge 46, Erie 21

Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in the Class 3A state championship football game, played at the Air Force Academy's Falcon Stadium. The Bears finished with a perfect 14-0 record.

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Palmer Ridge Head Coach Tom Pulford hands over the state trophy to members of the team as they celebrated the school's first football state championship. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to win the Colorado 3A state football championship at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge running back Anthony "Deuce" Roberson scores on Palmer Ridge's first possession during a game against Erie at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie to win the Colorado 3A State Football Championship. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge running back Anthony "Deuce" Roberson scores his second touchdown during the second quarter of a game against Erie at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie to win the Colorado 3A State Football Championship. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge running back Anthony "Deuce" Roberson scores his second touchdown during the second quarter of a game against Erie at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie to win the Colorado 3A State Football Championship. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge running back Raef Ruel scores a touchdown during the second quarter of a game against Erie at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie to win the Colorado 3A State Football Championship. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge running back Raef Ruel scores a touchdown during the second quarter of a game against Erie at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie to win the Colorado 3A State Football Championship. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge's quarterback Ty Evans sets up to throw the ball during second quarter of a game against Erie at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie to win the Colorado 3A State Football Championship. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge's quarterback Ty Evans sets up to throw the ball during second quarter of a game against Erie at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie to win the Colorado 3A State Football Championship. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge cornerback Dylan Matesi (top) and linebacker Jaden Sparks (bottom) bring down Erie quarterback Noah Roper during the third quarter of a game against Erie at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie to win the Colorado 3A State Football Championship. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge running back Anthony Roberson III scores his second touchdown during the second quarter of a game against Erie at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie to win the Colorado 3A State Football Championship. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge defensive linesman Matthew Farmer tackles Erie tight end Jacob Mansdorfer during the third quarter of a game at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to win the Colorado 3A State Football Championship. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge wide receiver Andrew Miller scores a touchdown. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge wide receiver Andrew Miller scores a touchdown and then takes a hard hit from Erie cornerback Noah Roper during the third quarter of a game at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Roper got a personal foul on the play. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to win the Colorado 3A State Football Championship. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge wide receiver Andrew Miller scores a touchdown and then takes a hard hit from Erie cornerback Noah Roper during the third quarter of a game at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Roper got a personal foul on the play. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to win the Colorado 3A State Football Championship. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge's quarterback Ty Evans scrambles with the ball while being pursued by Erie's Nathan Hackney during first quarter of a game against Erie at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie to win the Colorado 3A State Football Championship. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Junior and senior students at St. Mary's High school got to see a shark up close, something not usually seen in landlocked Colorado. They were dissecting sharks for the marine biology class. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge celebrates their first state 3A football trophy at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge quarterback Ty Evans looks down the field before throwing the ball. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge quarterback Ty Evans looks down the field before throwing the ball. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge quarterback Ty Evans scrambles with the ball. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge defensive end Zach Hester tackles Erie quarterback Noah Roper. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge running back Noah Brom runs for a touchdown. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge defensive end Zach Hester tackles Erie quarterback Noah Roper. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge free safety Cory McLellan tackles Erie quarterback Noah Roper. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge running back Raef Ruel runs with the ball. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge running back Raef Ruel runs with the ball. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge running back Raef Ruel runs with the ball. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge running back Raef Ruel runs with the ball. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge running back Raef Ruel runs with the ball. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge running back Raef Ruel runs with the ball. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge offensive line coach Jake Harris gets a cold shower towards the end of a game in which Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The Palmer Ridge football team celebrates after winning state. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to win the Colorado 3A state football championship at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Junior and senior students at St. Mary's High school got to see a shark up close, something not usually seen in landlocked Colorado. They were dissecting sharks for the marine biology class. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge Head Coach Tom Pulford hands over the state trophy to members of the team as they celebrated the school's first football state championship. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to win the Colorado 3A state football championship at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge Head Coach Tom Pulford hands over the state trophy to members of the team as they celebrated the school's first football state championship. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to win the Colorado 3A state football championship at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge celebrates their first state 3A football trophy at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Although Palmer Ridge running back Anthony Roberson III was injured during the game, he lay down in front of the championship sign for the state victory group shots. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to win the Colorado 3A State Football Championship. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge celebrates their first state 3A football trophy at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to become the Colorado 3A State Champions at the Air Force Academy on Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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Palmer Ridge running back coach and former Air Force running back Anthony Roberson prays with the team after the game. Palmer Ridge defeated Erie 46-21 to win the Colorado 3A State Football Championship at the Air Force Academy. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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