Palisades Overpowers Sylmar, 21-7

The Dolphins traveled to Sylmar Thursday night, Sept. 1 and came away with a 21-7 victory.

“For us to go on the road and beat a Division I City playoff team was a great accomplishment,” Coach Tim Hyde said.

Although Sylmar scored first on its opening drive with a 55-yard pass play, Pali’s defense pulled together the rest of the game.

“We played tremendous team defense by forcing six turnovers,” said Hyde. The Dolphins intercepted three passes (by Pierre Kaku, Oscar Romero and Noah Karp) and caused three fumbles (recovered by Quinn Perry, Dakota Hamilton and Jimmy Reyes).

PaliHi Middle linebacker Noah Karp makes the tackle. Photo: Drew Vaupen
PaliHi Middle linebacker Noah Karp makes the tackle. Photo: Drew Vaupen

The Dolphins scored their first touchdown of the season with 10 minutes left in the second quarter when quarterback Jonah Manheim threw a five-yard pass to Innocent Okoh. Jake Taitelman kicked the extra point.

Sylmar responded with a drive into Palisades territory, but the Dolphins Kaku intercepted a pass on the one-yard line. The Dolphin’s Romero intercepted another pass a minute before halftime, but the team couldn’t capitalize.

In the third quarter, Palisades recovered a fumble on Sylmar’s 16-yard line, and proceeded to score on Manheim’s short run. Taitelman kicked the PAT.

The Dolphins’ final score came midway through the fourth quarter on a 12-yard pass from Manheim to Kaku. Taitelman scored the extra point.

Manheim, a senior, started at quarterback in place of the injured Gabriel Galef. “He showed excellent leadership during the game,” Hyde said, adding that senior Okoh ran for 108 yards. “Cole Aragon and Syr Riley had outstanding games on the offensive line.”

Next game is against Granada Hills at Palisades. JV plays at 4 p.m. and Varsity at 7 p.m. –SUE PASCOE

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