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Bulldogs kick off playoffs Thursday

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Kris Richardson has been waiting for the playoffs all season and the time is now. The Bulldogs had hoped to beat Pleasant Grove and win a Delta River League championship, but the reality is they didn’t get it done. Now the playoffs are here and the Bulldogs are ready to move on to bigger goals. “We’re 8-2 and eight of our 10 opponents are heading to the playoffs so I think we accomplished a lot so far,” Richardson said. “I’ve said all along let’s get this team to the playoffs and healthy and we should be ready to go Thursday. I like our chances.” While the Bulldog defense might not be as strong as last year’s group, Richardson said his team has what it takes to win a section title. “We’ve been inconsistent on defense, but we’ve been inconsistent on offense too,” Richardson said. “I think we can win a section title, though. When we play well we can score with the best of them. Defensively, we’ve shown that when we really need to stop teams, we’ve gotten it done. When we play well we’re a pretty good team.” The Bulldogs should be healthy and ready to go at 7 p.m. Thursday when they play host to Rio Linda (7-3), the third-place team out of the Capital Valley Conference. The Knights have lost to two teams the Bulldogs have beaten this year, falling to Roseville, 42-21 and Casa Roble, 34-6. Folsom will play on Thursday because Vista del Lago, who also has a home game against Woodland, is playing at Prairie City Stadium on Friday. “Rio Linda is a downhill running, smash-mouth football team with an athletic quarterback,” Richardson said. “I’m sure they’re going to test our secondary too. They’ve won seven games and been successful running the ball so that’s our challenge.”