No time wasted in Folsom's 64-28 win over Edison

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Folsom wasted little time in taking care of business Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I football playoffs.

In just 7 minutes and 29 seconds of playing time, the Bulldogs held a 50-0 lead over eighth-seeded Edison, on its way to a 64-28 victory. Folsom scored two defensive touchdowns before its offense touched the ball and added a third a bit later before Edison had picked up its first, first down of the game during its sixth possession.

It was utter dominance and the outcome was decided before the fans realized they were cold.

“We feel with our group of defensive backs that we have the opportunity to get the ball in the end zone after interceptions,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. “We were able to pressure the defense, and our defensive backs are pretty good. Once the ball is in their hands, they have a chance to score.

“We also executed extremely well on offense, and got everyone in the game and came out healthy and we’re thrilled about that.”

On the third play from scrimmage, CJ Hutton intercepted a pass and returned it 37 yards for the first score. On Edison’s next play from scrimmage, Elijah Badger picked off a pass and returned it 40 yards for six more points.

After an Edison punt, Folsom’s offense finally had their opportunity to show what it could do. On the third play, quarterback Kaiden Bennett (5-for-6, 160 yards, 3 TDs) threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Joe Ngata (2 catches, 68 yards, 1 TD).

Edison’s next possession ended in a safety for Folsom when the snap to the punter went over his head and out of the end zone, making the score 22-0 with 7:13 remaining in the first quarter.

On Folsom’s first play of its next possession, Bennett hooked up with Elijhah Badger (2 catches, 61 yards, 1 TD) for a 40-yard score. Just two plays into Edison’s next turn with the ball, Parker Clayton picked up a lateral and returned it 36 yards for Folsom third defensive touchdown of the quarter, which made the score 36-0.

“I think scoring a defensive touchdown is a little bit more exciting than scoring on offense,” Clayton said. “Guys get more hyped up with it. Scoring three defensive touchdowns shows that all of us are capable of making plays. We were confident coming in, but we’re never complacent. We know if we all do our 1/11th we can lock teams down.”

Added defensive coordinator Sam Cole, “Getting the ball in the end zone is something we practice. When we get the ball, we expect to score. We also did a good job stopping Raleek Brown. As the game went on, you saw what he could do, so I was happy with how we played against him.”

A second interception from Badger got the ball back into Bennett’s hands. In just three plays, Bennett found Daniyel Ngata for a 31-yard score.

Grant Furrey then recovered a pooch kick from Bryce Buck and Folsom’s offense was back at it. After three runs from Daniyel Ngata (three carries, 33 yards) brought the ball down to the goal line, Folsom brought in its jumbo personnel and center Kaden Richardson carried the ball into the end zone for Folsom’s seventh touchdown to make the score 50-0.

“We’d been working on that package, and if the opportunity presented itself, we wanted to reward some of our lineman with an opportunity to score,” Richardson said. “Hopefully, we get to do it again.”

Folsom’s offense scored four touchdowns in 10 plays, while the defense scored three touchdowns of their own. Up to this point in the game, Folsom’s defense held Raleek Brown, who entered the game averaging 11 yards per carry, to only 18 yards rushing on eight carries. Meanwhile, Edison’s two quarterbacks combined to throw seven passes; three were caught by Folsom players and the rest fell incomplete.

Folsom started subbing at this point, and Edison eventually scored its first touchdown. Folsom didn’t even let them enjoy it, as Daniyel Ngata returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown.

Folsom’s final score came in the second half on a 12-yard pass from Jacob Reithmeier to Matthew Simon. Edison tacked on three more scores before it was all said and done.

Folsom (10-1) now advances to play host to fourth-seeded St. Mary’s (7-4) next Friday, as the Rams defeated Sheldon in the thriller, 30-29.