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Strong third quarter gives Palo Verde win in Northwest League opener against Shadow Ridge


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Palo Verde running back Ryan Beaulieu heads upfield against Liberty during their game Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. Liberty won the game 42-28.

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Palo Verde High quarterback Parker Rost completed 9 of 14 passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns Friday, and the Panthers closed the game with 29 unanswered points in beating host Shadow Ridge, 50-14, in the Northwest League opener for both schools.

The game was scoreless after the first quarter, and Palo Verde (3-3 overall, 1-0 Northwest) led just 21-14 at halftime. They turned up the pressure in the second half, showing why they have just one Northwest League loss in the past four years.

“The third quarter was huge for us,” Palo Verde coach Darwin Rost said. “Finally, in the third quarter, we got back to playing some Panther football.”

Parker Rost’s touchdown passes went to Ryan Beaulieu, Jake Ortale and Hykeem Massey. Beaulieu, whose touchdown went for 57 yards, had one of the game’s most significant plays when he returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.

Lee Griggs carried the ball 19 times for 124 yards and a touchdown, and Beaulieu rushed 10 times for 70 yards and a score. Calvin Beaulieu rushed nine times for 69 yards and a touchdown.

Bakari Smith passed for 139 yards and a touchdown for Shadow Ridge.

“He’s a nice-looking kid,” coach Rost said of Smith.

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