Folsom Jr. Bulldogs, first round of playoffs
Folsom 39, Roseville 0
The No. 1 seed, undefeated Folsom Jr. Bulldog Mighty Mites easily advanced to the second round of the playoffs by trouncing the No. 8 seed Roseville Tigers 39-0. Much like their first meeting of the year, the Tigers were unable to move the ball whatsoever against a stingy Bulldog defense, while the little dawg’s offense ran rampant over the Tiger’s spotty defense. Folsom drew first blood after a touchdown run of 12 yards by EJ Coleman and a PAT run by Nick Wegner. Folsom followed up with a one-yard touchdown jaunt and a PAT by Logan Hara; and a second touchdown burst of 36 yards by Coleman and PAT by Hara. The Bulldogs closed out the 27-point first half with a two-yard touchdown run by Marcel Davis. Second-half scoring included a third quarter 14-yard touchdown run by Wegner, and the final score of the game was a leaping four-yard touchdown grab in the back of the end zone by Michael Callahan from Wegner. The defense did not allow the Jr. Tigers any positive yards, and had five takeaways, including an interception by Jameson Farrar, a fumble recovery by Bronson Bambino and three fumble recoveries by Wegner. Multiple tackles were made by Coleman (4), Wegner (4) , Arfa (2) and Trystan Pangilian (2). Hara, Bambino, Callahan, Farrar, Davis, Jordan Calloway, Zach Byersdorf, Cael Rens and Grant Martinez all contributed with tackles.
The Mighty Mites take on the No. 4 seed Woodcreek Jr. Timberwolves in round two of the playoffs at 10 a.m. Saturday at Livermore Park.
Folsom 36, Roseville 0
The Jr. Peewees entered the first playoff round in a dominating fashion, putting the game into a controlled scrimmage by the third quarter. The offense was led by the QB duo of Nick Harris and Mason Brawley. Harris had TD strikes to Titus White and Brawley to get the Jr. Bulldog scoring going. Brawley was the workhorse on the day, scoring with a TD pass, a TD reception, and on the last play of the game with a short TD run. Brandon Highley had a spectacular reception that went for a score, and Titus White was also on the receiving end of a TD reception. Long runs by Gavin Carver and Chase Wyhlidko kept the Jr. Bulldog offense on the field and a big ground gainer by Carter Jackson resulted in a TD. On the defensive side of the ball, the Jr. Bulldogs kept the Jr. Tigers at bay for most of the game. Several tackles-for-loss by Graham Traynelis and Joey Pelka kept the Jr. Tigers from gaining any momentum. Jahaan Kalkat had a blistering tackle on a Jr. Tiger sweep that could be heard throughout the stadium. On the last play of the first half, Blake Nycum had a heads-up play when he scooped up what was thought to be a dead ball fumble and rumbled into the end zone for another Jr. Bulldog score. Kalkat forced another fumble late in the game that was recovered by Tristan Querry. The driving force behind the Jr. Bulldog Jr. Peewees spectacular season has to be credited to the spirited enthusiasm from the Jr. Peewee cheerleaders. Lexi Altman, Mia Anderson, Jasmine Bagwill, Addyson Brown, Hailey Caldwell, Makena Janson, Cassandra Lobue, Gianna Lobue, Kylie Mae Mackendrick, Sarah Newberry, Sierra Osterling, Ariana Semenza, Kara Sorensen, Zoe Tanner, and Katie Wagner were a force to be reckoned with the whole season and the team really appreciates the hard work you have put in all season. The Jr. Peewees look to continue their championship run with a second round playoff game at noon this Saturday at Livermore Field.
Folsom 28, Rocklin 0
The Peewees dominated Rocklin on Saturday behind a shut out from the defense consisting of Sean Carey, Chase Digiorno, Max Ellison, Elijah Gulewich, Jaron Hodson, Logan Hutton, Landon Jorge, Isaiah Langham, Trey Lofton, Austin Mallett, Remington Masterson, Tyce McIntyre and Richard Semenza. The scoring from the Bulldogs started early with a 65-yard punt return and point after attempt by Carey. A 30-yard run from Mallett led to a short run from Digiorno and another successful point after attempt, putting the Peewees up 16-0 at half. A fumble recovery by Gulewich gave the ball back to the Jr. Bulldogs early in the third quarter, and the offense marched down the field to score on a short run by Digiorno. A 15-yard pass from Digiorno to Carey and Carey's 60-yard run after led to the final Jr. Bulldog score of the game. The Peewees take on Oak Ridge at home next week.
Folsom 31, Oak Ridge 6
In the opening round of the playoffs, Folsom was able to advance with a 31-6 victory. The Bulldogs produced 220 yards rushing on 22 rushes with fantastic blocking by Jaden Thomson, Cavin McCord, Tyler Sandy, Matthew Carte, Brayden Bambino, Drake Harder and Ronnie Henslee. Folsom's Carter Martinelli ripped off a 62-yard touchdown in the first half and a 63-yard TD run in the second half, tip-toeing down the sideline. Also running hard were Bryce Stockton, Demetrius Brown, Colin Denny and Kevin Lewis-Davis. Areyon Smith had several key receptions, including a 13-yard TD from Martinelli. And Lewis-Davis had a great reception for a 29-yard TD from Martinelli. Defensively, the Bulldogs played a fantastic game, as they held the Trojans scoreless until the fourth quarter. Mason Norberg led the defense in tackles, including three tackles for a loss. Also leading the defense were RJ Wyrick, Jake Tremain, Carte, and Denny. The Bulldogs will host Del Oro at Livermore Park in Folsom on Saturday.
Folsom 48, Del Oro 0
The Folsom Bulldogs squared off with the Del Oro Golden Eagles in round one of the playoffs and won convincingly 48-0. The Bulldog offense got things started off when Tyler Tremain connected with Josh Tremain for a 70-yard touchdown reception on the fourth play of the game. The offensive line for the Bulldogs played outstanding and allowed big runs by Austin McMillan (two touchdowns), McKay Diehl, Pierson Diehl, Lucas Wolfe (one touchdown) and Caden Bienvenue. Justin Arnaz and Jacob Viega both had big receiving touchdowns on the night to make it 48-0 at halftime. The Bulldog defense limited the Eagles’ passing attack with big plays from Deryk Jasper, Ethan Cox, Preston Hopkins, Dylon Hopkins, Pierson Diehl, and Zach Frey. Congratulations to the entire Bulldog program, as all teams advance to round two this Saturday at Livermore Field.