DALLAS — Palmer got the win it needed Friday to clinch a playoff berth in dominating fashion, beating Dallas Life Oak Cliff, 57-21.
It marks the first time since 2004 the Bulldogs have reached the postseason.
“We’re ecstatic,” head coach Brian Garrison said. “We’re having a big community party at our field and everybody is out there. This is great for our kids and the community.”
Palmer did not leave any doubt, grabbing an 18-0 lead in the second quarter and leading 48-7 heading into the fourth.
Running back Jordan Greenlee led the way with 162 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries. Kyle Toumbs added 111 yards on 12 carries and Chase Holmes had 74 yards on just five carries.
Greenlee scored the Bulldogs’ two first quarter touchdowns on runs of 5 and 3 yards.
In the second quarter, T.J. Barnes caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Jarrett Stone to give Palmer an 18-0 lead.
Dallas Life got on the board with a 45-yard run to cut Palmer’s lead to 11 at 18-7, but that was as close as the game would get.
Greenlee added a 2-yard touchdown run just before halftime to give the Bulldogs a 26-7 advantage.
In the third quarter, Jordan Spurgeon got things started with a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Kyle Toumbs followed with a 19-yard touchdown run before the defense got involved in the scoring again with a safety.
Cody Holmes scored on a 1-yard run late in the third quarter to boost Palmer’s lead to 48-7.
Dallas Life’s Carl Hodge scored the first touchdown of the fourth quarter, but Holmes responded with an 82-yard run.
Palmer finished with 463 yards of total offense, 395 of which came on the ground.
Garrison is not worried about his team’s lack of playoff experience.
“We’re rely on our baseball tradition,” he said. “A lot of our kids also play baseball and it’s no different.”