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Impressive first half lifts Bulldogs to 55-36 win

By: Matt Long of the Telegraph
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Facing the fourth-ranked team in Idaho, the Folsom Bulldogs rolled to a 41-16 halftime lead and held on for a 55-36 win over the Coeur d’Alene Vikings on Saturday night at Prairie City Stadium.

Folsom’s first three possessions in the first quarter ended in Joe Curry-to-Drake Stallworth touchdowns of 77, 23 and 50 yards. The first score came on the game’s second play from scrimmage.

“That first touchdown felt good,” Curry said. “It gave me a lot more confidence.”

Folsom’s three first-quarter scores were separated by touchdowns by Coeur d’Alene, as Folsom led 21-16 after one quarter.

Folsom’s defense settled down in the second quarter, forcing the Vikings to punt in all four of their possessions. As it usually does, the Bulldog offense capitalized, scoring  three touchdowns.

Joe Curry threw a pair of 18-yard touchdowns to Brandon Rupchock and Stallworth, as Folsom led 34-16 when it forced another Viking punt late in the first half.

Folsom gained control of the ball at its own 26-yard line with 1:27 to play of the half. Curry led the Folsom offense masterfully down the field and on the ninth play of the drive, Curry found Brad Jenner in the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown pass with one second remaining in the half and Troy Calderara’s extra point put Folsom up 41-16 at the break.

With a big lead, Folsom got sloppy in the second half and Coeur d’Alene rallied to narrow the gap to 48-36 with 4:22 to play, but a touchdown run by Davin Simmons late in the fourth quarter secured the victory.

Joe Curry had an impressive debut in his first varsity start at quarterback, completing 25-of-32 passes for 564 yards and six touchdowns. Stallworth caught 10 of those passes for 246 yards and four scores. Joe Ngata made nine catches for 139 yards. On the ground, Davin Simmons rushed for 55 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Afterwards, Folsom coach Kris Richardson recognized the team’s flaws, but gladly took the victory.

“I’ll take it,” Richardson said. “I didn’t a bad job of play calling in the second half, but we executed very well in the first half against a very good football team. They’ve got a great quarterback (Colson Yankoff, headed to the University of Oregon), their two tight ends were tough and their offensive line played well.”