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Folsom is state title game bound

Community is buzzing as teams heads to Sourthern California
By: Bill Sullivan, Associate Publisher
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The Bulldog buzz is clearly underway throughout the City of Folsom this week.

After winning its seventh Sac-Joaquin section title in nine years just over a week ago, the Folsom High School Bulldogs varsity football team defeated the Central Grizzlies in Fresno last Friday night to clinch the 2018 CIF Nor-Cal Division I-AA Regional title to earn their trip to Southern California this Friday to compete for another state title.

Folsom’s powerhouse team will be competing for what could become its fourth state championship since 2010. The team’s first state championship came in 2010, followed by a second in 2014 and third last year.  

The current Bulldogs squad won every game they played last season and all but one this year, falling only in a season opening match up against California powerhouse De La Salle. If Friday’s game goes their way, it will mark the first time Folsom will own back-to-back-titles in history.

As the team, coached by Kris Richardson, prepares to carry their city into another battle for the prestigious state crown, the city is buzzing with the talk of the Bulldogs. Some businesses have words of their encouragement on their windows and social media, while some are planning to make the lengthy drive to show their support.

One of those business owners is Naghman Qureshi, general manager of Folsom’s Pinkberry Ice Cream. Qureshi and Pink Berry have long supported local youth sports and will be doing so in person at Saturday’s distant game.

“These boys have played the game the right way and carried themselves to a high standard with such amazing coaches and such a great community behind them,” Qureshi said. “We are excited to support our local team wherever they go. Long trip or not, we will be there to support our Bulldogs.”

While many that are not related or connected to a Bulldogs team member are planning to attend, most of the players’ parents are ready to make the trip this week as well.

“There is no distance I wouldn’t travel to support the Dogs on their quest for back-to-back state titles,” said Derek Bennett, whose son, Kaiden, is the quarterback. “We’re so excited to be headed to the CIF State Finals in LA this weekend. It’s time to get it done.”

As the team departs from the city this week, the send-off comes with a message from one of our city leaders. Long-time City Council Member Kerri Howell, who was named Folsom’s Mayor earlier this week, shared her positive thoughts on Folsom vying for another state title.

“All of us here in the City of Folsom are rooting for our Bulldogs to bring us home another state championship,” Howell said. “We are so fortunate to have such talented young athletes and live in the greatest city that supports them all the way.”

Howell will be one of many keeping up with the game online and through social media Friday night.

The team is set to play Cathedral Catholic at 8 p.m. The game is available to watch online at spectrumnews1.com/ciffootball. Viewing fees may apply.

Next Thursday, look for full coverage in the Folsom Telegraph, as well as the newspaper’s special four-page pullout that salutes all the local high school teams for their 2018 efforts with the support of the business community. To be including in this section, businesses can email folsomtelegraph@goldcountrymedia.com or call 916-985-2581.