Bulldogs improve in 41-29 win over San Ramon Valley

By: Matt Long
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The Grant Pacers can make good teams look not-so-good and that’s what happened last week when Folsom visited Del Paso Heights. On Saturday night the Bulldogs faced San Ramon Valley, a highly touted team ranked third in the Bay Area, but they were no match for Folsom, as the Bulldogs broke open a close game at halftime on their way to a 41-29 victory. Tanner Trosin threw four touchdown passes and ran for two other scores to lead the way, while Folsom’s defense put great pressure on the Wolves top-notch quarterback Zach Kline, who’s headed to Cal next fall, and seemingly played better than 29 points allowed shows. Folsom coach Kris Richardson was certainly happy with the win, but nowhere near satisfied. “That’s the number three-ranked team in the Bay Area and they have an amazing quarterback and we played better tonight, but we’re still a long way off,” Richardson said. “Offensively, we mixed it up with the run and the pass and the offensive line played better. We were in better shape this week, as we did a lot of running last week at practice. We still have a lot of work to do, though. We’ve got to develop some depth so some guys don’t have to be on the field every play.” Trosin spread the love around to his receivers, as each of the starters caught a touchdown pass, starting with a 50-yard scoring strike to J’Juan Muldrow on the team’s second play from scrimmage. San Ramon quickly tied the score at seven, but Folsom’s offense promptly answered when Trosin connected with Phillip Carter on a five-yard touchdown pass that put the Bulldogs up 13-7 after the first quarter. The Wolves narrowed the gap to 13-10 after the Folsom defense forced a field goal after a San Ramon interception gave the Wolves the ball at the Folsom 13-yard-line. Folsom’s defense then stepped up with a safety and took a 15-10 lead into halftime. Mark Meyer put the original pressure on Kline and forced a fumble and Alex Hurlimann tackled the running back who recovered the fumble for the safety. San Ramon then worked the ball down the field and failed to convert on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line with 20 seconds to play in the half. Muldrow made a touchdown-saving tackle on the previous play and Kyle Hampton broke up a fade pattern on second down, as the Folsom defense came up with some big plays. Folsom scored quickly to start the third quarter, as Trosin scored from nine yards out on the third play from scrimmage following a long pass to Muldrow. San Ramon did nothing on its first possession of the second half and following an interception that gave them the ball at the Folsom 23, the Bulldog defense again held the Wolves with no points. Folsom capitalized on San Ramon’s inability to score, as Trosin hooked up with Trace Noble for a 38-yard score on third-and-17. San Ramon quickly answered, but Trosin completed a 45-yard touchdown pass to Doug Vernon early in the fourth to secure the win, as Folsom went up 34-17. San Ramon scored again, but so did Folsom on a one-yard run by Trosin to put the game away. The Wolves scored one more touchdown, but it didn’t make much of a difference, as the Bulldogs recovered the onsides kick and ran out the clock. The Bulldogs’ home opener is next up, as the team plays host to Roseville on Friday night. “They’re 2-0 and they’ve got a chip on their shoulder after we handled them twice last year,” Richardson said of the Tigers. “We will need to be ready on Friday night.” Freshman 56, CBS 8 Folsom rolled to the win, as Jake Browning threw touchdown passes to Josiah Deguara, Calvin Gardner and Jake Morgado. Matt Jimison, Bailey Laolagi and David Mork also had touchdown runs. Cole Thompson also blocked a punt that he returned for a touchdown and Elijah Pitts scored on a 25-yard interception return. “We have a lot of weapons on offense, but our plan was to set the tone with our defense and we did that from the first series,” Folsom coach Mike Leuken said.