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Bulldogs rebound well from loss to De La Salle

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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For the most part, the Bulldogs suffered no hangovers from the disappointing opening-game loss to De La Salle.

After watching film from the game on Monday of last week, other than being sore physically from their first game of the season, the Bulldogs showed no ill-effects of the loss at practice. The rest of the week went smoothly. The results Friday proved it, as the Bulldogs dismantled a strong Jesuit team to the tune of 51-14.

“We watched film on Monday and got to see it one last time, and then we turned the page,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. “The guys did a great job working through the week and had a great mental approach. It was a good week of practice.”

Folsom fell behind Jesuit 7-0 on Friday, but then scored the next 51 points and blew out the Marauders.

Quarterback Kaiden Bennett completed 13-of-17 passes for 142 yards and four touchdowns. Elijhah Badger caught four of those passes for 83 yards and a touchdown, while Joe Ngata caught three passes for 22 yards and two touchdowns. Daniyel Ngata also caught a touchdown pass, and led the team with 84 yards rushing. CJ Hutton returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown, as Folsom dominated all three phases of the game.

Folsom’s offense only punted once, and the defense allowed only two touchdowns. Folsom’s final points came on a TD pass from Jacob Reithmeier to Grant Furrey.

“It was 51-14 but it’s still the second game of the season and we’ve got lots of things to fix,” Richardson said. “You’re never as good as you think you are, and you’re never as bad as you think you are. I’m happy with the result and with the effort. We can seem like we’re biding our time and then just explode. It was 14-7 with about six minutes to go in the half and the next thing I know we blew up on them.”

Folsom linebackers Elijah Swonger and Dylan Jorge suffered injuries, but Richardson said Dylan Richard and Alex Wong came in and played well, showcasing the team’s depth.

“That’s one thing I love about this team,” Richardson said. “I feel great about our depth. We’ve got a lot of moveable pieces and players that are interchangeable on both sides of the ball and there’s no drop off.”

The Bulldogs (1-1) play host to Antelope (1-1) on Friday, a new opponent for the team this season.

“Antelope is a program on the rise, a program that’s won nine and 10 games in the regular season the last few years,” Richardson said. “They’re athletic and well-coached. We’ve got to show up and keep improving.”