Folsom Jr. Bulldogs battle the Oak Ridge Jr. TrojansBy: Staff Report
Folsom Jr. Bulldogs vs. Oak Ridge Jr. Trojans
Bulldogs 8, Trojans 6
Early in the first , E.K. Okoye caused a fumble in the backfield and Aric Anderson recovered the ball. The Bulldogs, however, were unable to capitalize. The Trojans scored on their second possession, putting the Bulldogs behind for the first time this season. It almost seemed like this game was going to continue down this same path of frustration, but the Bulldogs showed incredible poise by denying Oak Ridge the extra point with a key group tackle at the goal line by Joshua Dennison, Kayden Hoang, Blake Nycum and Jacob Bambino. The defense continued the momentum and held their own with Okoye, Tristan Querry and Mason Fears. They pressed forward and suffocated the Trojans in the backfield or at the line. Support from Bambino, Graham Traynellis-Howell, Hoang, Anderson and August Dupree continued to pursue the outside runs. As the Bulldogs took over on offense late in the second quarter, Bambino scampered for 33 yards leading up to Hoang’s 22-yard TD run. The Bulldogs also aired it out with a couple of receptions to Joseph Pelka and Garret Hicks. Bambino also threw 25 yards downfield to Hoang into the end zone but it was an incomplete pass, according to the officials. Anderson also made a key tackle downfield to save a potential touchdown run by Oak Ridge. Missed opportunities throughout the game like three additional fumbles caused by the Bulldogs were recovered by Oak Ridge. It was a hair scratching, nail biting, teeth grinding kind of a game that led to an 8-6 Folsom win. The difference was on the foot of Michael Seabourn’s two-point PAT.
Bulldogs 13, Trojans 12
Ayreon Smith scored the first touchdown of the game on a long run. Connor Campbell ran in the other Jr. Bulldog touchdown along with an extra point behind fantastic blocking from Brayden Bambino, Matt Carte, Anthony Gogliano, Micah Gunther, Cavin Mccord, Tyce McIntyre, Adon Newberry, Mason Norberg, Ayreon Smith and Kohen Stoke. On defense, Carter Martinelli had a key interception to put the ball back in the Jr. Bulldogs hands, ending an Oak Ridge drive. Drake Harder and Gabriel Ramirez led the defensive front. The defense came up with two big stops on both Oak Ridge PAT attempts, the first a blocked kick by Richard Semenza and the second a big stop by a pack of Bulldogs. Those stops ended up being the difference in a tight game.
Bulldogs 36, Trojans 0
The offense was led by Austin McMillan, who rushed for three touchdowns with great blocking from Trysten Jennings, Nate Perri, Derek Jasper, Nick Tilly, Tony Couch and Payton Dupree. Justin Arnaz and Evan Treynellis-Howell also had big touchdown runs on the day again with perfect blocking by Oshay Gardner, Jackson Burgess, Kole Simon, Grant Guthrie, Stephen Nardinelli and Zach Frey. Tony Couch scored the last touchdown with a hard run up the middle and Lincoln Algier scored the extra point. Arnaz kicked three extra points on the day. The Bulldog defense played very aggressive and added another shutout to their record. Next up for the Bulldogs are the mighty Rocklin Thunder, ho are also undefeated.
Trojans 30, Bulldogs 8
The Jr. Midgets dropped to 2-1 on the season with the loss. The Jr. Bulldogs struggled to execute on offense for most of the day. Mitchell Anderson converted two runs for 15 yards each for first downs. Adam Dewall caught a pass from Cheyne Gitsham for 15 yards and Malik Jackson added a 10-yard run. The defense also struggled to shut down the Jr. Trojans. Jake Melander led the way with three tackles for a loss and Cy Watson, Tristan Golla, David Clark, Ryan English and Ian Fillion each added one. Saxton Brown recovered three Jr. Trojan onside kicks and Jackson also recovered two. Gitsham was successful on his lone extra-point attempt and Brown blocked a Jr. Trojan extra-point attempt. The Jr. Bulldogs look to rebound Saturday, as they travel to the Rocklin.
Bulldogs 46, Trojans 6
The Midgets recorded their third straight controlled scrimmage win. The Bulldog offense came out on fire when Max Simmons scored from 44 yards out for an 8-0 lead. Folsom added to the lead when Brady Huddlestun connected with CJ Hutton to give the Dogs a 16-0 first quarter lead. Early in the second quarter, Dominic Navarro found the end zone to extend to a 24-0 lead. Oak Ridge answered to cut the lead to 24-6. Later in the second, Huddlestun connected with Mitchell Northcutt to extend the lead to 32-6. In the third, Navarro again scored to make the score 40-6. Luke Simmons put the game into a scrimmage later in the third for a recorded score of 46-6. In the fourth quarter, Huddlestun threw his third touchdown, connecting with Ryan Davin. The Bulldogs dominated both sides of the ball, holding the Trojans to 79 yards before the scrimmage and 109 for the game.