There were no upsets at Dorsey High School for Pali High football on Friday, losing 62-22.
The Dolphins continued to spot their opponents generous leads, in this case, 35-0 at the end of the first. The Dolphins did make it a game in the next three quarters, losing 34-29 in the last three quarters.
Of course, Dorsey was able to go to its bench a lot earlier and had no concern about the outcome. In the end, Austin Applegate and Justin Sinclair supplied the offense. And we also got to witness some passing that bodes well for a more balanced offense next year.
In the end, PaliHigh lost to the teams that it was supposed to lose to and beat the teams that it should beat.
Coach Perry Jones has raised questions about whether he is the right man for the job or whether he should go back to where he first started coaching. That is a good question. On the positive, Coach Jones initiated the creation of the Palisades Quarterback Club that pays for a lot of the football program including equipment, tutoring for the boys, meals, and outfitting the coaches. Coach Jones also is responsible for Senior Night and Summer Pride. All these programs are creating a more cohesive football program.
On the negative, Coach Jones has been unable to keep his staff, with all his coaches not returning after one year. He also elected to play in Division 1, even though Pali High had not won a Division 2 title in the past decade (if at all) and does not have the talent to compete against the top teams. He also has taken the emphasis off academics (which was a strong emphasis of his predecessor Coach Loftus) and is much more focused on wins and losses.
In the end, Coach Jones has planted the seeds for a very exciting football program. If he can develop a modern offense and be more proactive during games on defense, Pali High may be able to attract top talent and compete against the likes of Dorsey, Venice and Santa Monica. If he continues with the same old same old, PaliHigh will be a perennial first-round loser and the easy W for the top teams.
If Coach Jones does not return, Pali High represents an amazing opportunity for another Coach to step into a developing and organized program.
Whatever happens, I want to congratulate all the players for working hard and showing lots of grit in the face of adversity.
To all the seniors, good luck in college, and study hard so that you have lots of opportunities as adults. And to the managers, you all were amazing and worked as hard if not harder than many of the players. Go Dolphins!!!