Folsom coach Kris Richardson made it clear to his players immediately following the 14-0 loss to De La Salle that the disappointment of the loss wasn’t going to linger.
“Here’s the challenge,” Richardson told his team. “Does this loss affect us? Only if we allow it to. You can pout about this game for one night and tomorrow we turn the page and work on getting better. Can we lick our wounds and circle the wagons? It’s about us improving and being ready to go and coming out with the same energy and same fire and same physicality on Monday to get ready for Jesuit.”
The team has no other choice. The Marauders gave Folsom all it could handle a year ago in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinals before Folsom won 27-14. Most of Jesuit’s top players return and would love nothing more to avenge last year’s loss and drop the Bulldogs to 0-2 on the season.
While Folsom’s defense played an excellent game against De La Salle, the offense struggled. The Bulldogs know they have to do better this week.
“We didn’t execute on offense, so we’ve got to step up and do better,” Folsom quarterback Kaiden Bennett said after the loss to De La Salle. “We have to work harder next week.”
Tyler Hardeman led the Folsom defense against De La Salle with nine tackles. Elijah Swonger and Dylan Jorge were in on eight apiece. It was an impressive performance to say the least.
“Nobody expected us to shut them out for a half and then give up only 14 points,” Richardson said. “If we play defense like that the rest of the year, we’re going to win another state championship.”
It all starts again for the Bulldogs when they host Jesuit at 7 p.m. Friday night.