Folsom opens SFL play Friday vs. Oak RidgeBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
Folsom’s offense got off to a slow start this season, having been shut out by De La Salle, but the unit has been on fire ever since.
Folsom has scored 161 points in three games since and enter the Sierra Foothill League season on a big roll, having won three straight games in convincing fashion over Jesuit, Antelope and Chaminade.
The Bulldogs play host to Oak Ridge on Friday night, the first time since 2013 that the game against the Trojans isn’t the last game of the regular season or a playoff game. The Trojans enter the game with a 3-0 record, and are coming off a bye week. They picked up big wins over Lincoln, Vacaville and Reed High School out of Nevada.
“Oak Ridge is always a great game with a great crowd,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. “Oak Ridge always does a great job and is always one of our better games. The last couple of years, it’s come down to us and them at the end of the season.
“I feel to be SFL champs, you have to go undefeated in league so every game is important. We just have to take them one game at a time. They’re all big games, and you have to bring a championship effort every game to win the league.”
Folsom 70, Chaminade 34
This game was all about the big play … for the Bulldogs.
Folsom’s offense wasted little time scoring its 10 touchdowns. On their first three scoring drives on its way to a 28-0 lead after the first quarter, the longest drive was four plays.
Quarterback Kaiden Bennett completed 13-of-17 passes for 346 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 26 yards per completion.
In the run game, Bennett and Daniyel Ngata combined to rush for 122 yards on eight carries before second-team guys came in. They averaged 15 yards per carry and scored three rushing touchdowns between them. On the 21 plays in which Bennett either completed a pass or either he or Ngata ran the ball, the Bulldogs averaged 22 yards per play. This wasn’t against a bad team either; as Chaminade was ranked 12th in the state by MaxPreps prior to the game.
“The kids handled the trip well,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. “I’m proud of them. There was some excitement with the trip to LA and the kids enjoyed the trip, but at the same time, we weren’t going down there to lay an egg. We keep playing better and better. The timing between Kaiden and the receivers is improving, the offensive line is beginning to gel, and the defense has been great. This is about the time of the year where we start rolling.”
Richardson said Chaminade liked to blitz and put pressure on the quarterback and Bennett picked them apart.
“That’s great if you can cover guys or get to the quarterback, but it’s a recipe for disaster if you can’t,” Richardson said. “We got guys open and Kaiden got rid of the ball quickly. Our defense also played great and got us the ball back. They gave up some points because they were on the field so much because we were scoring so quickly, but it’s hard to complain when you win 70-34.”
Joe Ngata caught five passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns. Daniyel Ngata, Parker Clayton, Elijhah Badger and Grant Furrey also caught TD passes, and Jacob Reithmeier also threw a TD pass.
Defensively, Noah Jenkins had seven tackles, Gavin Davis-Smith made six, and Dylan Richard had five, as well as 1 ½ sacks. Clayton had an interception, while Tyler Hardeman had two sacks, and Deshawn Lynch picked up shared a sack with Richard.