Folsom pitches shutout in 63-0 win over Granite BayBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
The opening of Sierra Foothill League play couldn’t have gone any better for Folsom High’s football team. For Granite Bay, it couldn’t have gone much worse.
The Bulldogs dominated on both sides of the ball on their way to a 63-0 victory, as Folsom improved to 5-0 on the season. The loss dropped Granite Bay to 2-2.
Aside from a fumble on its second possession, Folsom’s first-string offense scored touchdowns on its other nine possessions before being relieved by the second string.
“We knew coming in we had little margin for error,” Granite Bay coach Ernie Cooper said. “We struggled offensively last week and we wanted to come out tonight and re-establish it. We did some good things in the first half, but when we need that extra yard (on fourth down), we just couldn’t get it. Folsom is pretty stout up front with their defensive line and they have good linebackers.”
Bailey Laolagi opened the scoring with a three-yard run for the only points of the first quarter. Jake Browning found Josiah Deguara for his first of four touchdowns early in the second quarter.
Granite Bay moved the ball fairly well in the first half, but on three occasions turned the ball over on downs, twice in Bulldog territory.
Folsom turned two of those three stops into touchdowns, as Browning hooked up with Deguara and Jake Morgado, which increased Folsom’s lead to 28-0 by halftime.
The Grizzlies turned the ball over on the first possession of the second half with a fumble, which Folsom’s Tyler Crandall recovered. Browning and the offense capitalized two plays later with a 35-yard pass to Deguara and the rout was on.
Browning found Deguara from 28 yards and Tre Green scored from 10 yards out to put Folsom up 49-0 after three quarters. Bryan Weldy and Roger Neal finished the scoring with scoring runs in the fourth quarter.
Browning finished the game 14-of-22 for 311 yards and five touchdowns. Deguara caught nine of those passes for 219 yards and four scores.
Despite the lopsided score, the Grizzlies played hard.
“They’re honestly the toughest team we’ve played,” Folsom running back Bryan Weldy said. “We just knew what to do and got rolling on offense and defensively, we just made the stops.”
Deguara added, “We just had an all-around good game. We had a great game plan and then we just went out and executed it.”
Not only did Deguara made nine catches and score four touchdowns, but he made three highlight reel catches and when he wasn’t catching balls, he blocked.
“Josiah saved me on a couple fourth downs,” Browning said. “He had a good season last year and he’s not getting as many touches this year, but he’s a team player and did a great job blocking tonight.”
Cooper added, “Folsom’s an all-star team; they’ve got players at every position. That’s not sour grapes. Good for them. That’s an impressive football team and they’re well-coached. We’ll lick our wounds and come back ready to play next week.”
Folsom 49, Granite Bay 14
Joe Curry threw five touchdown passes, two apiece to Jack Sa and Drake Stallworth and another to Brad Jenner, as Folsom won big.
Granite Bay cut a 15-point Folsom lead to seven, 21-14, late in the second quarter, but Curry and Stallworth hooked up for an 18-yard score that Stallworth hauled in with one hand just before the half. The Bulldogs added three more scores in the second half.
Micah Iverson and Keoni Zagata-Vera also scored rushing touchdowns in the win.