Browning receives high marks through five games

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Throwing for 10 touchdowns and 689 yards in your varsity football debut is a tough act to follow. Since that monumental opening win against Woodcreek, Folsom High sophomore quarterback Jake Browning hasn’t come close to matching his numbers, but no one expected him to throw 10 touchdowns every game. Browning, in fact, played quite well in the next four games, all wins, throwing for 1,321 yards and nine touchdowns against five picks. Browning is happy with how he’s played. “I think I’ve done a good job,” Browning said. “I’ve made some mistakes with some balls over the middle and my vertical game could use some work, but we’re 5-0 and that’s what counts. I’ve learned a lot and that’s important.” Folsom’s co-head coaches, Troy Taylor and Kris Richardson, are also pleased with how their quarterback has played. “I’m very pleased with where Jake is at,” Taylor said. “We work together every day and I had high expectations for him coming in. You never know how a guy is going to react to live action and that’s magnified at quarterback, but Jake’s been great. He’s been steady, very accurate and made good decisions. I wouldn’t want any other quarterback in the area.” Richardson added, “Jake has exceeded my expectations. He’s been one of our most consistent performers. I think he’s doing a fantastic job. He’s tried to force some balls into some holes and that’s where his interceptions have come, but he understands the offense and where to distribute the ball. He’s doing the things we need him to do and that’s be accurate and be able to anticipate. He’s one of the best.” Having completed the five non-league games, Browning is preparing to lead the Bulldogs into their biggest game of the season, the Delta River League opener on the road against 5-0 Oak Ridge on Friday. “We’ve got to play our game, execute and win the turnover battle,” Browning said. “We have to take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves. Whoever executes better will win the game.” Richardson expects a tough, hard-fought battle with the Trojans. “Their strength is their big offensive and defensive lines and Jason (Samuels) is a good quarterback and he’s got some big, tall receivers and they’re always well coached. We’re going to have to slow them down on offense. If they’re able to run the ball between the tackles that’s going to make for a long night for us. Offensively, as usual, if we can protect our quarterback I think we’ll be able to put some points on the scoreboard.” Folsom vs. Oak Ridge What: Delta River League opener When: 7:15 p.m. Friday at Oak Ridge What’s at stake: First place in league and bragging rights