It's Bulldogs and Trojans for SFL title

By: Matt Long of the Telegraph
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The regular season game everyone has been waiting for is finally here.

Oak Ridge meets Folsom in El Dorado Hills on Friday in a battle of undefeated teams with the Sierra Foothill League championship on the line. With last year’s epic 17-16 game fresh on everyone’s mind, a game the Bulldogs were probably lucky to win, this year’s game should be standing-room-only up at Oak Ridge.

“It was a great game last year,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. “Oak Ridge played great and played hard, and we played well defensively the entire game, but we didn’t play particularly well offensively. We’d have a couple good plays and then give up a sack. Then we’d have a couple of more good plays and then have a penalty. Our execution was hit or miss. I over-planned and didn’t call a very good game. I expect this year’s game to be another close one.”

The Bulldogs’ mindset entering the game is to stay calm and approach it like any other game, which they feel will be one of the keys to winning.

“Emotions will be high, but we have to stay level-minded,” Folsom senior safety Tanner Ward said. “We can’t ride the wave of emotions. We’ve got to stay flat; that’s how you win games.”

Said quarterback Kaiden Bennett, “The mood and emotion of the team is high because it’s a rivalry game, but the keys to winning aren’t any different. We just have to go out and execute. The keys will be to make no mistakes and score on offense and to get stops on defense.”

Richardson said the defense must keep Oak Ridge quarterback Marco Baldacchino in the pocket and play great run defense.

Added Ward, “We’ve got to go out there and do our job no matter what the offense is doing. We just have to keep doing our thing and have a never-say-die attitude. If we stick to the game plan, we’ll be fine.”

Said Bennett, “Every week we’ve gotten better; we’ve never taken a step back. We’ve got to continue to get better this week.”