Folsom Athlete of the Week: Elijhah BadgerBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
Elijhah Badger brings a lot to Folsom’s football team no matter what capacity he’s being utilized.
Badger’s biggest role is as a receiver, as he’s caught 51 passes for 1,067 yards and 20 touchdowns, all second-best on the team behind Joe Ngata. Badger averages 20 yards per catch.
Badger also has a great impact on Folsom’s special teams as a punt returner. The 6-0, 195-pound junior has returned 17 punts for 417 yards and three touchdowns, as he averages an incredible 24 yards per punt return. In the Nor-Cal championship game, Badger also returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
Defensively, Badger comes in occasionally on obviously passing situations and has made the most of limited opportunities, as he has picked off three passes for 69 yards and one touchdown.
Whether he’s a receiver, punt returner or defender, when Badger touches the ball, he’s a threat to score no matter where he is on the field.
“Elijhah is incredibly talented, always energetic, and always smiling and making everyone on the team laugh,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. “He’s got dynamic playmaking ability. He’s one of our best all-around players, as he contributes on offense, defense and special teams.”
Folsom Telegraph: What are your hopes/plans for after graduation?
Elijhah Badger: Going to college.
FT: Do sports run in your family?
FT: How long have you been playing football and how did you get your start in it?
EB: For about 11 years. My brother played so I wanted to try it out and he trained me in the backyard trenches.
FT: Have you ever been involved in other sports?
EB: Yes, I’ve played basketball and have run track.
FT: What do you like about football?
EB: It’s the greatest game in the world. I also like us playing on blue turf, the fans cheering us on, and inspiring the little kids.
FT: You’ve got some impressive receiving statistics, what do you enjoy about playing in Folsom’s spread offense?
EB: I enjoy it a lot. I like catching the ball and running with it after I catch it.
FT: Do you have a philosophy, technique or plan when returning punts? Is returning a punt for a touchdown better than catching a touchdown pass?
EB: I would have to say catching a pass is more exciting because I started playing wide receiver as a freshman and I was used to returning punts.
FT: You have recently made an impact on defense with some interceptions. Do you enjoy playing defense as much as offense? What do you like about it?
EB: I enjoy offense more than defense, but I’m good at defense, so why not help the team out and play it?
FT: How many scholarship offers do you have and from what schools? When do you plan on making a decision?
EB: I have about 18 scholarship offers from schools all around.
FT: What do you enjoy most about playing for Folsom High’s football team?
EB: Being with the team out at practice and hanging out.
FT: What is your favorite class in school?
FT: Favorite Food?
FT: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.
EB: My pitbull Ranger. I got him when I was young, and I love my dawg!
FT: Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
EB: I usually play games and chill with friends.
FT: What inspires you in sports?
EB: Myself and the love of the game.
FT: Is there a particular job or profession you’d like to have after college?
EB: NFL hopefully.