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Skill players lead Folsom to victory

By: Matt Long of the Telegraph
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One game does not a season make, but if it’s a sign of things to come, Folsom High has no worries over the quarterback position.

Folsom senior Joe Curry, who last took a meaningful snap as the starting quarterback of the junior varsity team as a sophomore, used the season-opening game Saturday against Coeur d’Alene as his coming out party. Curry completed 25-of-32 passes for 564 yards and six touchdowns in leading Folsom to a 55-36 win over the Vikings, the fourth-ranked team in Idaho, according to MaxPreps. Curry, with no scholarship offers, outplayed Coeur d’Alene’s fine quarterback Colson Yankoff, who’s headed to the University of Oregon on a scholarship. Yankoff also played very well and Oregon’s getting a strong prospect, but his numbers weren’t as good as Curry’s.

“Joe was amazing,” said Folsom senior receiver Drake Stallworth, who caught 10 of Curry’s 25 completions for 246 yards and four touchdowns. “Any nerves he might have had before the game all went out the window on that first touchdown pass.

Curry said before last week’s scrimmage against Elk Grove he felt nervous, but against Coeur d’Alene he said he was fine.

“This feels good,” Curry said after the game. “I have a lot more confidence now and the offense played great. We’ve been working hard so it feels good to see it pay off.”

Stallworth felt the same way.

“We’ve been working seven months and it’s exciting to have something to show for it with a performance like this,” Stallworth said.

As good as Curry’s numbers were, they could have been even better, as Folsom Coach Kris Richardson blamed himself for some poor play calling.

“Joe did a good job of taking what they were giving us,” Richardson said. “We were attacking the right way. In the second half, I got too wrapped up in distributing the ball, and I should have stuck with what was working. That’s on me.”

While there were a lot of positives, it other ways Folsom’s performance looked like the first game of the season. Richardson admitted his play calling could have been better in the second half. He also took the blame for Coeur d’Alene recovering an onside kick early in the fourth quarter that led to a score. Defensive coordinator Sam Cole told the team after the game that he would be better next week too.

Folsom also had too many penalties and clearly lost some focus in the second half after working up a big lead at halftime.

A win, however, is what they were after and it’s what they got. On Friday, the Bulldogs will be looking for another when they play host to Jesuit, 28-10 winners last week over Folsom’s Sierra Foothill League rival Granite Bay.

“I haven’t seen Jesuit yet, but they beat Granite Bay and a lot of people are high on Granite Bay this year,” Richardson said immediately following the win over Coeur d’Alene. “I know their quarterback is a great player and Jesuit’s always ready when they line up against us. I expect it will be a good game.”