Folsom's loss to Sac High a distant memoryBy: Matt Long of the Telegraph
Some people were writing Folsom’s epitaph after an upset loss to Sacramento on Sept. 16, but Friday night in Loomis the Bulldogs proved they weren’t dead yet.
The Bulldogs dominated Del Oro to the tune of 42-7, destroying a team that many thought was the team to beat in the Sierra Foothill League this season.
“The loss to Sac High was a big wake-up call,” said Folsom quarterback Joe Curry, who threw for 322 yards and six touchdowns in the win over Del Oro. “It made us work harder and clearly it’s showing for us. This win gives us even more confidence. Now we can turn our attention to next week and Nevada Union.”
Curry has put together a strong season through seven games, completing 68 percent of his passes for 2,022 yards and 27 touchdowns against five interceptions. In the biggest game of the season to date, Curry produced.
“I’m so proud of Joe,” Folsom Coach Kris Richardson said. “He executed well and followed the game plan. He made great decisions and threw the ball in tight windows. If he keeps playing like this, we’re going to win a lot of games.”
Joe Ngata also came up large for the Bulldogs, before a knee injury in the second quarter knocked him from the game. Up to that point, Ngata was Curry’s top target across the middle, catching four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. Curry spread the ball around to eight receivers with Drake Stallworth leading the way with seven catches for 81 yards and one score. Ariel Ngata and Brandon Rupchock each caught four passes, while two of Brad Jenner’s three catches went for scores.
Defensively, Folsom was solid from start to finish, allowing only one touchdown late in the game that was essentially meaningless.
“Del Oro is an explosive football team, but our defense showed up and Sam Cole and his staff put together a great game plan and the players executed it,” Richardson said. “We’re athletic on defense. We knew Mason Hurst was their go-to guy and we put together a plan to stop him. If we were going to get beat, it wasn’t going to be from that guy.”
Folsom, 3-0 in league and 6-1 overall, travels to Grass Valley on Friday to face Nevada Union (0-3 in league, 2-5 overall). The Miners are coming off a 34-32 loss to Woodcreek and earlier suffered losses to Rocklin and Del Oro.