The Folsom Bulldogs came into Friday’s game and did exactly what they expected to do. After a tough 14-0 loss last week to De La Salle, Folsom earned its first win of the season in their home opener, defeating the Jesuit Marauders, 51-14.
The game didn’t start off well for the Bulldogs, however. Jesuit drove the ball down the field with ease on the first drive of the game. Jackson Cannon scoring on a four-yard touchdown run, capping off a scoring drive that took only 2 minutes and 46 seconds.
That was the last time the Marauders saw the end zone, however, until late in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs scored 51 unanswered points, leading 34-7 at halftime to put the game away early.
Folsom coach Kris Richardson said his message to the team was to execute and not turn the ball over.
“It’s what we expected to do,” Richardson said of the win. “We’re still a good football team. I knew our guys would come back hungry and play well.”
Senior quarterback Kaiden Bennett completed 13-of-17 passes for 142 yards and four touchdowns. His first pass of the game was a 52-yard touchdown to Elijhah Badger, who caught four passes for 83 yards.
“We practiced harder and were more focused,” Bennett said of the week. “Last week I thought we were our biggest enemies, and tonight we paid more attention to detail and we played much better.”
Senior Joe Ngata caught two balls in the second quarter and both went for touchdowns. “When both sides are executing, the game is going to go good,” said Ngata, who as a leader said he wanted to encourage his team to play well and get their assignments done. Ngata finished the game with three catches for only 22 yards, but had the two touchdowns.
Bennett also threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Daniyel Ngata, who finished the game with 84 yards rushing.
Junior wide receiver CJ Hutton kept the momentum going for his team in the second half when he took the opening half kick return 90 yards for a touchdown.
After Hutton’s score, Richardson pulled most of his starters midway through the third quarter. Backup quarterback Jacob Reithmeier completed a six-yard touchdown to Grant Furrey in the fourth quarter for the team’s final score.
Folsom punted the ball only once in the entire game. Its only other non-scoring drive came when they took a knee to run out the clock.
Next week Folsom will play host to the Antelope Titans.