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Browning more excited with win over Woodcreek than with stats

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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Jake Browning completed 34-of-51 passes for 689 yards and 10 touchdowns and all he wanted to talk about was the 68-28 victory over Woodcreek. Browning, a sophomore starting his first varsity game, set a Northern California record for most passing yards and in a game and recorded the second-most in the state, and his 10 touchdowns either tied a national record or came up one short, depending on what you read. Either way, it was an incredible coming out party for Folsom’s starting quarterback. “I don’t even know what my stats are except that I threw 10 touchdowns,” Browning said in an interview Saturday afternoon. “We got the win and that’s all that matters. I’m going to enjoy it this weekend and then it’s back to work on Monday.” Browning said he was surprised he wasn’t more nervous than he was heading into his first varsity start. He obviously didn’t expect to throw 10 touchdown passes, but at the same time he said he didn’t really know what to expect. “I try not to have too many expectations,” Browning said. “I just looked at this game as a learning experience for the future. I know my reads and I know the offense, so once I saw what they (Woodcreek) were doing, I had no nerves at all.” One would think after dropping back 51 times, Browning would be a little tired after a night of football. However, he was only sacked once and came out of the game feeling great. “I’m not even tired,” he said. “I don’t have a scratch or a bruise on me. The line and the running backs did a great job blocking for me and that was the key to our success. My receivers worked hard and we just took what they gave us. I took my time, made my reads and found my receivers. We’ve practiced these plays all summer. It’s nothing new.” Folsom coach Kris Richardson was amazed by what Browning did. “The numbers he put up are extremely impressive,” Richardson said. “One thing I knew about Jake is that he’s a calm and cool guy and he’s as smart of a quarterback that we’ve ever had and that’s saying a lot. I knew as long as we protected him he’d be able to pick them apart.” Phillip Carter and Lucas Owan were Browning’s top targets on the evening. Carter caught 10 passes, half of which went for touchdowns, for 317 yards, while Owan hauled in 14 passes for 236 yards and two scores. Troy Knox also had a strong game with eight catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Rodney Ellison only caught one pass, but it was good for a touchdown from 29 yards out. “It was pretty amazing for Jake’s first game,” Carter said. “We just played our game. I was able to take every advantage given to me and Jake and I were on the same page.” Owan added, “We’ve put a lot of work in, but it’s a little surprising with what we did. Jake did great.” So what does Browning do for an encore? The likelihood of another 10 touchdown, 600-yard passing game is unreasonable to expect, but Browning’s not looking to put up those numbers anyway. “I just want another win; that’s the goal,” Browning said. “Whether I throw 10 touchdowns or none, I don’t care about my stats. I just want to win games.”