The Palisades football te went from doormat to perennial contender in the Colonial League and District 11 several years ago. But not everyone thought the Pirates could maintain that level of play. They have, and in fact, they are among the favorites in the league heading into this season. One reason for optimism is the roster. Palisades returns almost every skill player from last year, including outstanding running back Chris Gretzinger who ran for over a thousand yards last season. They're also a hungry bunch. They were one win short of going to the state tournament last year and they're planning to fix that this season.