Folsom Jr. Bulldogs vs. Granite Bay Jr. Grizzlies
Folsom 40, Granite Bay 0
The Mighty Mite Jr. Bulldogs took care of business Saturday morning, defeating the Granite Bay Jr. Grizzlies 40-0. The Bulldogs had a sack party behind defensive linemen Javion Dorsett, Marcel Davis, Luke Taber and Easton Morrow. The defense's strong performance let the offense work smoothly with big plays from Jalen Angel, Zane Grabowski, Bronson Bambino, Braxton Martinez, and Jameson Farrar. The team’s veteran leadership allowed the youngest Bulldog in the league, Marlon Gayle, to be a part of this big win.
Folsom 48, Granite Bay 0
A dominate performance by the Folsom Jr. Bulldogs led to another shutout. It was an mpressive defense all around, including fumble recoveries by Isaiah Williams and Jax Kelley with multiple tackles from August Dupree, Nick Wegner, Max Norberg and Williams. Pass breakups by Aidan Lopez and Mason Brawley added to the dominance of the Bulldogs’ defense. Strong special teams play by Kelley, Nick Andreotti, Eion Vander Veen, Williams, Bryson Morrow, Julian Davis and Ryan Ramos capped off by a 25-yard punt return touchdown by Brooks Dupree did not allow the Jr. Grizzlies to take a breath.
The Bulldogs’ offense had big plays behind the push of the line of Luka Nash, Troy Taber, Norberg, Anthony Benavides, Zakary Beyersdorf, Vander Veen, Evan Peri and Morrow. Touchdown passes from Brawley to Tariq Lofton and A. Dupree and touchdown runs from Logan Hara, Williams, Jordan Triplett, Brawley, Chase Wylidko kept Granite Bay on their heels all afternoon. It was a great day to be a Bulldog.
Folsom 42, Granite Bay 14
The Peewee Jr. Bulldogs continued their winning ways by beating a scrappy Granite Bay Jr. Grizzly team on a warm Saturday afternoon at Livermore Field. This game was really a tale of two halves where the Jr. Bulldogs couldn’t get their high-powered offense going until the second half of the game. The lone scoring strike for the Jr. Bulldogs in the first half was an eight-yard TD pass from Joey Pelka to Aric Anderson. Michael Seabourn added the PAT. The defense kept the Jr. Grizzlies frustrated all game. Staunch play by the defensive line consisting of Graham Traynelis, Ike Okoye, Tyler Mayne, Colin Redhead, Luke Sorensen, Zack Woodward, and Pelka forced the Jr. Grizzlies to run outside where the defensive secondary of Titus White, Brandon Highley, and Jacob Noel were waiting to feast on the ball carriers. The ever-reliable linebacker corps of X.J. Williams, Tristan Querry, Carter Jackson, and Mason Fears contributed in numerous ways as well. The second half of the game was a different story for the Jr. Bulldog offense. QB Nick Harris was comfortable in the pocket the whole half behind the blocking of Woodward, Okoye, Querry, Redhead, Traynelis, and Sorensen. A 48-yd scoring strike from Harris to Williams started the scoring explosion, followed by dazzling TD runs of 42 and 32 yards by Jackson. A Harris-to-Jackson 24-yard TD pass, along with a 16-yard explosive TD run by Fears gave the Jr. Grizzly team all they could handle. Just when it looked like the Jr. Grizzlies would gain momentum, fumble recoveries by Okoye and Redhead stopped them cold, and two interceptions by Highley helped seal the win. The Jr. Bulldog Peewees take on the Oak Ridge Jr. Trojans at 2 p.m. this Sunday at Livermore Field.
Granite Bay 24, Folsom 8
The Jr. Midgets came up short in a match-up against the Jr. Grizzlies this week. After allowing a touchdown on the first drive of the game, the Bulldog defense was able to hold the Jr. Grizzlies going into halftime down 8-0. Big tackles from Max Ellison and Lucas Hardeman and a takeaway by Brian Ray kept Jr. Midgets within striking range. Coming out of the half, the Bulldogs continued struggle to put together an offensive series and keep themselves on the field. The only Bulldog score of the game came late in the fourth quarter on a pass from DC Leven to Brian Ray, who broke it open and ran for more than 50 yards. The point-after-attempt by Jayden Morse was good, giving the Bulldogs eight. The Jr. Midgets look to take on Oak Ridge next week at home. Our thoughts are with the injured Bulldog and Grizzly players who fought hard in a physical battle Saturday.
Folsom 31, Granite Bay 6
In a much anticipated match-up, the eighth grade Bulldog team played with emotion and passion and dominated the Granite Bay Grizzlies – winning 31-6. Despite giving up size, the Bulldogs were able to stymie the Grizzlies on defense and ran and passed on offense. On the second play, Carter Martinelli found Ayreon Smith for a 90-yard TD strike. Later in the first quarter, Martinelli handed it off to Smith, who then passed it to Mason Norberg for a 48-yard TD. With less than a minute to go before half, the Bulldogs struck again as Jake Tremain hit Norberg for a 52-yard TD strike on a reverse pass. Leading 23-6, the Bulldogs sealed it in the third quarter on a 63-yard drive with six running plays and one pass, as DJ Brown hit pay dirt from 14 yards. The Bulldogs had a fantastic day in the trenches – as Mason Starkey, Payton Dupree, Cavin McCord, Tyler Sandy, Ronnie Henslee, and Brayden Bambino all held their own against a much bigger team. Defensively, the Bulldogs dominated a stout Grizzly line. Dupree and Norberg were impressive on the edges, and Colin Denny, Starkey, McCord, Brown, raked up several tackles. The Bulldogs had five turnovers, as Brown had two interceptions, and Henslee had two fumble recoveries and Starkey had another.