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Curry ready to run the Folsom offense

By: Matt Long of the Telegraph
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Folsom High football coach Kris Richardson had planned to play seniors Joe Curry and Evan Michalet at quarterback this season.

That plan changed when Richardson found out Friday that Michalet will miss the entire season with a fractured tibia. Michalet transferred from Rocklin last year and saw most of the reps over the summer, but Curry, a backup to Jake Jeffrey a year ago, has seen all the reps since practice began in early August.

“I feel horrible for Evan,” Richardson said. “You hate to see a kid hit with a season-ending injury. He and Joe both prepared to be the starting quarterback.”

Michalet, a dynamic athlete and scrambler, was to give the Bulldogs a big running threat at the quarterback position. Curry, Richardson said, is more of a pocket passer.

“Both guys do a great job,” Richardson said. “Joe has improved a ton. He’s been in the system and I feel confident with him. He knows his reads and knows where to go with the ball. The kids also have confidence in him.

Curry (6-0, 175) only threw two passes last season and completed both for a total of eight yards. He was the junior varsity team’s starting quarterback in 2014, leading the team to an 8-1 record. As a freshman in 2013, he quarterbacked the Bulldogs to a 7-2 record.

“I love the offense,” Curry said. “It’s very diverse. There are a lot of options. It’s very effective.”

Curry said his strengths as a player are making the proper reads and simply making plays. He’s excited to run the offense stacked with a cast of talented players.

“The offensive line looks pretty good, led by Blake Christierson and Noah Lunday,” Curry said. “We’re deep at receiver with E.D. (Eric Davis), Drake Stallworth, Jack Sa, Brad Jenner and Ariel Ngata, plus we also have Joe Ngata and Tanner Ward. Davin Simmons and Brandon Rupchock are our running backs.”

In Folsom’s scrimmage Saturday against Elk Grove, Curry got his first taste against competition and did quiet well.

“I thought he did great,” Richardson said. “He knows the offense and was accurate. He just has to keep improving. We’re not going to ask him to win games all by himself. We have a lot of playmakers around him, but Joe’s more than capable of getting the job done.”

Curry is excited for the season.

“I know I have to keep getting better and gain more confidence,” he said. “Practice has been good so far, as I’ve gotten a lot more reps, which has helped me become more efficient. I was nervous at first at the scrimmage, but I became more confident with each play and I felt like I did a pretty good job.”

As for the future, Curry said he just needs to keep getting better, stick to the game plan and execute.”

Richardson was pleased with his team’s performance on both sides of the ball in the scrimmage against Elk Grove. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the Bulldogs open their season at home against Coeur d’Alene out of Idaho. The Vikings are 55-14 since 2010 and won Idaho state championships in 2010, 2011 and 2013.  Last year, the team posted a 7-3 record. The Vikings are led by quarterback Colson Yankoff, who has accepted a scholarship to Oregon.

“Coeur d’Alene is a power program from Idaho and they wouldn’t be coming all the way down here if they didn’t think they could compete,” Richardson said. “Their quarterback is the real deal. Offensively, they’re similar to us. It will be a challenge.”