As comebacks go, it was a pretty remarkable one.
Trailing 23-0 at halftime, Los Angeles’ Palisades Charter School needed a near-miracle to keep its momentum in what had seemed a promising 5-1 season. The Dolphins offense had shown few signs of life and foe Hamilton had found ways to get the ball in the end zone through special teams skill and capitalizing on Palisades mistakes. Without a shift, the second half could have devolved into a running clock game. Instead, the Dolphins heeded the words of head coach Tim Hyde, a former Marine, and steeled their defense while waiting for the opportunistic time to strike en route to a 30-23 stunner. The win improved the Dolphins to 6-1 and 2-0 in league play.
As noted by the Los Angeles Times’ Eric Sondheimer, senior running back Innocent Okoh capped the comeback with a game-winning touchdown run from 4 yards out with less than a minute remaining in regulation.
“(I) brought out my old infantry talk, ‘You’re never out of the fight,'” Hyde told the Times. “We played our tails off.”
The comeback was all the more striking in that 23 of Palisades’ points came in the fourth quarter; the score was still 23-7 following three periods.
No problem for Okoh and Palisades, which certainly took another step toward the inevitable conclusion that 2016 may be a very special season for the Dolphins.
“It was an atrocious first half,” Hyde told the Times. … “It was a great comeback.”