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Bulldogs earn 50-38 win over Deer Valley

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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It was far from a perfect performance, but Folsom High’s varsity football team improved to 4-0 with a 50-38 win over Deer Valley on Friday night. The Bulldogs’ offense scored 42 points, but was hampered by three turnovers. Defensively, Folsom allowed more points than they had in any game this season, 38, but had an interception for a touchdown and also recovered two fumbles. “They gave us everything we could handle, but we’ll take the win,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. “We’re a young team in terms of playing experience and we were inconsistent tonight. Some plays we looked good and others we didn’t. Deer Valley is a big, physical team and they’ve got some fast players.” No one was more impressive than quarterback Nsimba Webster, who dazzled fans and frustrated Folsom’s defense as he proved to be as elusive as a young Michael Vick, but a more accurate passer. Time and again, the Bulldogs had Webster in their grasp, only to have him escape and more often than not complete passes downfield. “He was one slippery dude,” Richardson said. “Not only that but he was accurate. He just did a great job.” Long story short, Folsom played a good team and was more than happy to come away with a win, no matter what the score. Folsom did much of their scoring on the ground, as Bailey Laolagi and Josiah Deguara scored a pair of rushing TDS, while Harry Lipnosky added another. Jake Browning hooked up with Phillip Carter for his only passing score of the night, this one from seven yards out. The Bulldogs’ other score came on a 56-yard interception return by Mike McCuaig, which gave Folsom a 43-25 lead midway through the third quarter. “That was nice for the defense to get a touchdown,” Richardson said. “We don’t see many of those so I’ll take it.” Folsom JV 62, Deer Valley 34 This game wasn’t as close as the final score, as the Bulldogs worked up a 41-0 lead and put in the reserves. Quarterback Calvin Gardner threw three touchdown passes to Cole Thompson, Bryan Weldy and Wyatt Watson and also ran one in from 60 yards, all in the first quarter. Gardner added one more TD pass in the second half to Lucas Hendricks. Backup quarterback Logan Hast hooked up with Sam Whittingham for another score, while Thompson returned two interceptions for scores. “Obviously, we played great,” Folsom coach Jordan Banning said. “Offensively, we took what their defense gave us and defensively, we basically played mistake free in the first half and that was good because last week we didn’t.”