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Bulldogs have successful first week

By: Matt Long
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For Folsom High’s varsity football team, after three days of review, Thursday’s first practice in pads was the test. The Bulldogs worked hard over the summer at camps, practice and weight training, so the team spent the first three days of practice last week simply reviewing what they had already been over during the summer. On Thursday, it was all about executing what had been talked about for three days. “We feel pretty comfortable scheme-wise, pretty dialed in and ready,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson said, “but it’s all about putting the pads on and executing. Thursday’s practice was a defensive practice and it was a very spirited day and I was happy to see that. A lot of times teams can be slow and lethargic that first day, but there was a lot of hitting going on and the kids had a great time doing it. It was a fun day.” Folsom senior offensive tackle and defensive end Mike Metildi echoed his coaches sentiments. “I thought the first week went very well,” Metildi said. “I thought we executed very well and the practices went great. “We worked on the first defensive unit, as well as the second and third groups and they all did well.” Metildi went as far to say that he thinks the team is ready to play a game pretty soon. Richardson praised Sam Lueken and Dan Curry for being good defensive leaders on the first day with pads on, calling Lueken the vocal leader that gets everyone fired up. This week, the Bulldogs will work the offense on Monday and Wednesday and the defense on Tuesday and Thursday. “It’s a big week for us, as it’s the first time we’ll run the offense with pads on since camp,” Richardson said. “We were effective at camp, but not perfect. I’m anxious to see how we’ll do. I’ve got high expectations.” Friday the team will scrimmage against themselves, practicing game-like scenarios.