Folsom Jr. Bulldogs vs. Rocklin Jr. Thunder
Folsom 27, Rocklin 0
On Saturday, the Mighty Mite Jr. Bulldogs beat the Rocklin Jr. Thunder 27-0 moving to 5-0. The offense, that usually spreads the ball around, stuck to their vicious ground attack. The Bulldogs first offensive possession started strong with a 40-yard screen pass from Nick Wegner to Braxton Martinez. Followed up with one of three touchdown runs by E.J Coleman. The Bulldogs spectacular defense kept Rocklin's offense frustrated for four quarters, and still haven't allowed a score this season. The secondary was finally tested this weekend with Rocklin's passing game, and were able to seal the deal with the team's first interception by Jax Kelley.
Folsom 16, Rocklin 6
The Jr. Bulldogs rebounded after last week’s loss with a hard-fought win over the Jr. Thunder. The Jr. Bulldogs’ defense kept them in the game by keeping an efficient Jr. Thunder offense out of the end zone the whole first half. Excellent defensive line play by Ike Okoye, Luke Sorensen, Tristan Querry, Carter Jackson, Eoin Vander Veen, Graham Traynelis, and Joey Pelka stuffed the running lanes all game. Linebackers Mason Brawley, Issac Harder, Max Norberg, August Dupree, and Blake Nycum stopped anything coming up the middle. On the edges, Daniel Eagleton and Tyreke Lofton ensured there were no lateral gains to be made. Jacob Bambino and Titus White came up with a timely interceptions to stop any advance the Jr. Thunder hoped to make. On the offensive side of the ball, Nick Harris was able to connect with White on a slant pattern to put the ball into the end zone. Bambino was also able to run the ball in for the Bulldogs’ second score. The always accurate White was able to convert both extra points with ease. The Jr. Bulldogs’ special teams were the difference on the day. Brandon Highley had a great kick-off recovery by racing downfield past Jr. Thunder players and recovering the ball to give the Jr. Bulldogs great field position. On the kick-off return team, Highley was able to grab the football and return the ball through several broken tackles to set the Jr. Bulldogs’ offense up for their next attack. It was a great game in which the Jr. Bulldogs showed teamwork and discipline when the going got tough. The Jr. Peewees look to continue their winning ways in an away game against the Lincoln Jr. Zebras this Saturday.
Folsom 8, Rocklin 0
The Peewees fought hard through a defensive battle this week. The lone score of the game came in the second half, as Chase Digiorno hit Sean Carey for a 54-yard touchdown. Carey completed the point after attempt, giving the Jr. Bulldogs a 8-0 lead. Logan Hutton hit Max Ellison for a great catch later in the game, but ultimately, the Jr. Thunder defense was able to hold the Peewees to eight points. This game belonged to the defense, as Hutton, Ellison, Carey, Austin Mallett, Tyce McIntyre and Elijah Gulewich seemed to live in the Rocklin backfield and contributed to tackles for big losses multiple times throughout the game. With only four regular season games left, the Peewees hit the road next week to take on Lincoln.
Folsom 30, Rocklin 16
In a much-anticipated game in the Sierra Athletic Conference, Folsom took home the win over the previously unbeaten Rocklin squad. Facing a prolific offense, Folsom’s defense was stout as Mason Norberg, RJ Wyrick, Carter Martinelli, Jake Tremain, Matthew Carte, Gabe Ramirez, Ayreon Smith, Demetrius Brown, Collin Denny, and Cavin McCord were in on numerous tackles. The Bulldogs forced three turnovers, as Kevin Lewis-Davis had an interception and Tremain had a fumble recovery caused by Wyrick. In a key moment late in the game, Jaydon Benoit rushed the quarterback and knocked the ball out of his hand and recovered it. Offensively, the Bulldogs moved the ball against a Rocklin team that had only given up one touchdown all season. Martinelli hit Brown and Norberg for TD passes and Smith had several catches for key first downs. On the ground, Kyle Hara, Denny, Smith, Lewis-Davis and Brown all ran hard. Martinelli and Norberg both found the end zone with great blocking by Jaden Thomson, Brayden Bambino, Luke Rens, McCord and Carte.
Rocklin 24, Folsom 14
Two undefeated teams squared off Saturday night at Livermore Field that turned out to be a great battle of power football. Folsom started off hot when on the first play from scrimmage quarterback Tyler Tremain connected with Lucas Wolfe, who then flipped the ball to running back Justin Arnaz, who went 65 yards for the touchdown. Folsom failed to convert the extra point and led 6-0. The Folsom defense held tight through most of the first half with big plays by Austin McMillan, Zach Frey, Ryan Sison, and Jacob Viega. Rocklin scored two unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter on long plays from scrimmage to make it 16-6 at halftime. After half, Tremain connected with Arnaz on a 30-yard touchdown pass to make it 16-14 going into the fourth quarter. The Bulldog defense held tight in the second half until with less than four minutes to play, Rocklin scored to make it 24-14 to put the game away. Folsom looks to rebound versus the Lincoln Zebras next Saturday.