Bulldog defense to be tested by Sheldon

By: Matt Long
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Folsom’s game at home Friday against Sheldon should be a tougher test than the Bulldogs have had in recent weeks. The Huskies, 1-0 in the Delta River League and 3-3 overall, are coming off a 32-30 upset win over Oak Ridge and will have confidence when they walk onto the field at Prairie City Stadium. After watching the Huskies beat Oak Ridge, Folsom coach Kris Richardson knows his defense will have to be ready and be efficient at making tackles in the open field. “Sheldon is athletic as always and they’ve got a couple of different running backs who can get the job done,” Richardson said. “They’re a spread team, but they run the ball and we’ve got to tackle well to have a chance. “They’re a lot like us in that they want to get their athletes the ball in space, but we just do that in different ways.” Davonte Lynch gained 260 yards on 21 carries against Oak Ridge, including a 55-yard run, while Kaikoa Oyao picked up 120 yards on only four carries, including a 69-yard run. Folsom’s run defense will be put to the test, especially considering the Huskies only completed two passes in the win over Oak Ridge. “We have to play well on defense,” Richardson said. “If we can turn this game into a passing contest, I like our chances. It will be a challenge and we’re going to need to play well to win.” Folsom, 5-1 overall, is coming off a 50-7 win over Jesuit on Saturday. The game was briefly close at 13-7 in the second quarter, but Folsom scored 37 unanswered points to win going away. Quarterback Dano Graves threw four touchdown passes, the first going to Kori Babineaux from 11 yards out. Graves later scored on a short run before Jesuit scored its only points of the game. Graves then hooked up with Jordan Richards from 28 yards before Tyler Trosin returned a punt 83 yards for another score. Folsom scored nine more points in the first half on a safety and a Graves-to-Richards 36-yard pass to give the team a 36-7 lead at halftime. The Bulldogs managed two more scores in the third quarter, both by Trosin, who scored on a 6-yard pass from Graves and also intercepted a pass and returned it 83 yards for the team’s final score. Junior varsity Jesuit 34, Folsom 7 Coach Terry Richards and the JV Folsom Bulldogs didn’t have the day the varsity squad had. Quarterback Taylor Miller-Wing scored their only touchdown on a draw up the middle at the start of the second half. Folsom trailed 21-0 at halftime and Richards said his team went into their shells and lost their competitive edge. “We really just weren’t ready to compete and we did not compete,” said Richards. “Our coaches don’t think Jesuit did anything special against us, we just didn’t compete. After that first touchdown against us, we lost that drive to compete and good football teams have got to get by that.” Frosh win 7-3 Folsom High’s freshman football team improved to 4-2 on the season with a 7-3 win over Jesuit on Thursday. All the points came in the second quarter, Jesuit starting with a field goal and Folsom finishing with a touchdown run from Troy Knox from four yards out. The Bulldogs drove the ball down the field with several strong runs from Eddie Flores and passes from Taylor Peterson. The Marauders threatened the score a few times, including reaching Folsom’s 3-yard-line in the third quarter, but were unable to convert. Lanre Akomolafe made a key quarterback sack in the series. “We stress hard hitting, aggressive defense and tonight our defense won the game for us,” Folsom coach Mike Lueken said. “I’m extremely proud of the heart we showed. The offense struggled and the defense rose to the occasion. That’s the way it should be; helping each other out. Tonight, we took another step forward.”