Bulldogs look to rebound vs. Oak Ridge

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Folsom High’s varsity football team not only lost to Pleasant Grove on Friday, but they took a beating as well. Receivers J’Juan Muldrow and Carson McMurtrey, center Travis Walker and kicker Carter Moore were all injured during the game and undoubtedly there were others who were banged up as well. Folsom coach Kris Richardson, however, said that he expects that Muldrow, McMurtrey and Walker to be fine for Oak Ridge on Friday. He’s not so sure, however, about Moore. “Luckily, at this point of the season, you can get by with walk-throughs rather than running plays,” Richardson said of the injuries. “Come Friday, though, it’s about how we respond to the loss to Pleasant Grove. I don’t think we will have a problem. The way the guys battled in the second half, they’ve got a lot of heart and I’d like to think they’ll be OK for Friday. We’re playing Oak Ridge and they’re a big rival of ours and I’m sure Oak Ridge is getting fired up to play us too.” Richardson said the Trojans are big and physical on both sides of the ball with tough runners in Preston Dean and Shay Mueller and that his team needs to be ready for a physical game. “They’re just as big as Pleasant Grove aside from Armstead so we’ll have our hands full,” Richardson said. “I heard they’ve had some injuries, but we’re preparing as if (quarterback Dylan) Collie’s going to be there.” Pleasant Grove 48, Folsom 34 Folsom High’s varsity football team put forth a courageous battle, but in the end spotted Pleasant Grove too many points in the first and half. Trailing 35-12 at the break and with Muldrow with a bag of ice taped to his knee, the Bulldogs could have easily folded and consequently been blow out by the area’s top-ranked team. Folsom, however, outplayed the Eagles in the second half, outscoring them 22-13 and was within seven points, 41-34, with 5:30 to play. The Eagles, however, recovered an onside kick and returned it for a touchdown to account for the final margin of victory. After the game Richardson told his team he was proud of their effort. “We didn’t help ourselves at times, but you guys played your butts off and gave everything you had and I can live with that,” Richardson said. The game turned out to be a lot like last year’s game except the other way around. A year ago Folsom led 14-0 after one quarter and the teams played evenly the rest of the way. This year the Eagles held a 14-0 lead after one quarter and Folsom fell even further behind, but still battled back and made it a close game. “We could have rolled over at halftime, but we didn’t and I was proud of the guys for that,” Richardson said. “We fought hard.” Muldrow scored Folsom’s first touchdown on a 15-yard pass from Tanner Trosin early in the second quarter to make the score 14-6. The Eagles scored twice to open up a commanding 28-6 before Trosin and McMurtrey made a highlight reel pass and catch from 22 yards out and into double coverage for a score. Pleasant Grove, who scored on all five possessions in the first half, found the end zone one last time before halftime and led 35-12. Folsom opened the second half with a score, as Trosin scored on a three-yard run and then jumped over his interior line for the two-point conversion to cut the deficit to 35-20. After Pleasant Grove scored again following a Folsom turnover, the Bulldogs bounced back with back-to-back scores, the first on a two-yard run for Trosin and after a defensive stand, a 22-yard touchdown pass to Doug Vernon. Trosin then hit Trace Noble for the conversion to make the score 41-34 with five minutes to play. That set up Folsom’s onside kick attempt, which the Eagles returned for the score to secure the victory. Folsom drove down to the Pleasant Grove 19-yard line, but turned the ball over on downs. After the game Richardson had a question for his players. “Our season’s not over. We’ve got one loss in league and now the question is how are we going to respond to that? Is anybody going to check out of this? “No sir,” was the response and now the Bulldogs will prepare to host Oak Ridge next Friday. JV Bulldogs 28, Pleasant Grove 26 Nathan Whitfield threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Mike McCuaig with 24 seconds to play to give the Bulldogs the come-from-behind two-point victory. The Bulldogs led 14-0 in the second quarter with touchdown runs from Whitfield and Harry Lipnosky, but Pleasant Grove scored 26 unanswered points to take a 26-14 lead with 8:36 to play. McCuaig answered with a kickoff return for a score and after the defense held, Folsom drove the ball down the field for the winning score. “This is the biggest step you guys have taken all year,” Folsom coach Terry Richards told his team after the game. “I couldn’t be more proud of what you did tonight. What fueled this feeling you guys have now is the hard work you put in during practice this week.” Frosh now 8-0 Folsom’s High’s freshman football team crushed Davis on Thursday, 69-8. The Bulldogs will attempt to complete an undefeated season when they host Oak Ridge on Thursday.