Bulldogs headed to LA for next challenge against ChaminadeBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
After a pair of dominating home victories over Jesuit and Antelope, Folsom will take its game back on the road for its next challenge.
The Bulldogs travel to West Hills, 30 minutes northwest of Los Angeles, to face the Chaminade Eagles on Friday night. The Eagles, ranked 12th in the state by MaxPreps, will be Folsom’s toughest opponent since the Bulldogs traveled to De La Salle for the opening game of the season. With Folsom ranked fifth in the state, it should be one of the better games in the state based on rankings.
“We’re going to have our hands full,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. “They are ranked 12th in the state and they look it. They’re a spread team, and they score a lot of points. They’ve got really good linebackers. They’ve won a state championship in 2013 so they’ve got the pedigree.”
Like the Bulldogs, Chaminade dropped its opening game of the season, but are now riding a two-game win streak heading into this week.
“We’re going to treat this like a business trip,” Richardson said. “We’re going to go down there and take care of business and come back home. We’re going to have to play great Folsom football to get the job done.”
The Bulldogs will bus down Thursday and head back home on Saturday. It’s the team’s final non-league game, as Folsom plays host to Oak Ridge in the Sierra Foothill League opener on Sept. 14.
Folsom enters the game coming off a dominating 41-0 win over Antelope. The Bulldogs scored touchdowns on their first two offensive plays on their way to a commanding 28-0 lead after the first quarter. By halftime, the score was 41-0 and the second and third-string defense maintained the shutout in the second half.
Quarterback Kaiden Bennett had a great night, completing 17-of-18 passes for 450 yards and five touchdowns. Joe Ngata caught six passes for 149 yards and two scores, while Elijhah Badger made three catches for 103 yards and one touchdown. CJ Hutton and Daniyel Ngata each caught three balls for 94 and 68 yards, respectively, and each scored a touchdown.
Jay Taylor led the team in rushing with 41 yards on six carries.
Parker Clayton led the defense with seven tackles, while Gavin Davis-Smith was in on six. Dylan Richard and Ira Gulewich each made five stops. Deshawn Lynch had a sack, while Matthew Simon picked off a pass.
“We played great football,” Richardson said. “We got off to a great start, and the game was pretty much in hand by the end of the first quarter. We pulled our starters by the end of the first half, got out of the game healthy, and got a lot of people into the game in the second half.”