Bulldogs blasted by Pacers, 49-14

By: Matt Long
-A +A
The Bulldogs bit off more than they could chew when they put the Grant Pacers on the schedule. Far more. On a game televised live on ESPN2, the Pacers provided all the highlights, as they rolled to a 49-14 victory. The strength of Grant on both sides of the ball, who clearly showed why they’re ranked fourth in the nation by ESPN, coupled with a poor performance from Folsom, led to the lop-sided final score. “We worked a long time for this game and I’m disappointed with the way we played,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. “We didn’t play very well in the first half. We had opportunities to get some stops and we didn’t. We made a lot of mistakes and penalties on offense that hurt us. Grant’s a damn good football team and we needed to play our best game to beat them and we didn’t.” The Pacers, behind hard running from Shaq Thompson, scored on the game’s opening possession, as quarterback Terry Shine capped an 11-play, 80-yard drive with a 10-yard run, the first of two scoring runs by Shine in the first quarter. Shine had a superb game, as he also threw for three touchdowns. Folsom’s first possession ended in an interception at the goal line. Folsom quarterback Dano Graves (22-35, 255 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs), tried to find Kori Babineaux in the end zone, but Grant’s Ferrence Lang stepped in front and picked off the pass. That led to Shine’s second TD run, this one from 1-yard out, that put Grant up 14-0. Folsom came back with a scoring drive of its own, as Graves hooked up with Tyler Trosin from 8-yards out, but it’s as close as Folsom would come to the lead. The Bulldogs self-destructed in the second quarter. Folsom’s defense held Grant to three plays and out on its next possession, but a penalty for 12 players on the field on Grant’s fourth-down punt gave the Pacers a first down and a second chance that they capitalized on. Instead of Folsom having the ball near midfield with a good opportunity to tie the game, the Pacers took over at their own 32 and eight plays later scored on a Shine-to-Thompson pass play from 30 yards out. Grant led 21-7 and was in control. A procedure penalty on the first play of Folsom’s next possession, plus an incomplete pass, put the Bulldogs in a small second-and-15 hole from their own 29, but a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty that followed made it a huge hole, second-and-29 from their own 15. The Bulldogs didn’t recover and Grant got the ball following a Folsom punt at midfield. Thompson capped off that scoring drive eight plays later with a two-yard run and the rout was on, Grant 28, Folsom 7. Grant scored one more time before half on a 36-yard pass from Shine to Ronald Johnson and led 35-7 at the break. Grant struck first in the second half to end any chance Folsom had of a comeback, taking advantage of a muffed punt and scoring on a 1-yard run from Josiah Banks. Graves scored Folsom’s final points on a 7-yard run of his own two minutes later, but it was too little, too late. Grant scored one more time in the fourth quarter, a 26-yard pass from Shine to Lang, to finish the scoring. “I’m pretty disappointed,” Folsom wide receiver and defensive back Tyler Trosin said. “It’s a long season, though, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.” Richardson added, “This is the beginning of our season, not the end. We’ve still got high expectations. I can handle this loss, knowing it’s not the end of the world.” JV Bulldogs fall, 20-7 Folsom jumped out to a 7-0 lead on a 80-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Miller-Wing to Phillip Carter, but the Pacers scored three unanswered touchdowns to go on to a 20-7 win. The Bulldogs, had they held on to the ball more often, could have given the Pacers a better game, but several dropped passes hurt. “Number one, Grant is a very good team,” Folsom JV coach Terry Richards said. “Number two, we’re going to be a very good team. We had some things go bad for us that we couldn’t recover from, but we’ll get back to work and fix it. The good news is we have nine more games to play. We’re disappointed, but we’ll be alright. I loved the way we battled. We played hard and didn’t back down.”