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Bulldogs face Eagles in semis

By: Matt Long
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Folsom football coach Kris Richardson jumped and threw his fist in the air when he found out his team would be playing Del Oro late in Friday’s win over Granite Bay. Not because Del Oro would be an easy opponent, but because Del Oro’s upset win over top-seeded St. Mary’s of Stockton meant that the Bulldogs would have another home playoff game, their third of the postseason. “Playing at home is a lot better than driving to St. Mary’s,” Richardson said. Richardson is hoping for a big hometown crowd at Prairie City Stadium on Friday. He knows Del Oro will bring nearly the entire town of Loomis and the visitor’s stands will be full, but he hopes the weather will be clear and Folsom fans will pack the hometown bleachers. “It’s great to have another home game and I hope we fill our side of the bleachers,” Richardson said. The hometown crowd can only help the Bulldogs, as they’ve reached the semifinals of the Division II Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. The Folsom/Del Oro winner will play the Grant/Rocklin winner at 8 p.m. on Dec. 11 at UC Davis. “There are no easy games left that’s for sure,” Richardson said. The Golden Eagles, like Granite Bay, is a team that can both run and pass the ball and Folsom’s improving defense will have its hands full, as will Del Oro’s defense. “Del Oro is a physical bunch of guys who want to run downhill and control the clock,” Richardson said. “They’ve also got some good skill guys. Their tight end is the best we’ve seen all year and Pratt is the hardest runner we’ve seen. Magleby is athletic and accurate and Butterfield is a big, physical receiver.” The Bulldogs know they’re up against a tough team, but they also know they’re pretty good too. “We’re feeling good,” Folsom running back Jordan Richards said. “That loss to Monterey Trail helped us re-focus and re-dedicate ourselves. We’re going to have to stop the run and take care of the ball. We hope to have some long drives to keep their offense off the field.” “Del Oro is a great team and will be tough to beat,” Folsom receiver Tyler Trosin said. “We’re going to have to put a lot of effort into practice this week. We’re confident in what we can do. We’ve got to win one more game to get to the section championship game.” Quarterback Dano Graves adds, “We’re going to have to execute on offense. We have to block and take care of the ball on offense and tackle on defense.”