Bulldogs overpower Casa Roble, 56-7, to improve to 5-0

By: Nick Pecoraro Telegraph Correspondent
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The Folsom High football team played like they had somewhere to be on Friday night at Prairie City Stadium. Being that it was homecoming night, that was likely the case as the Bulldogs crushed the Casa Roble Rams, 56-7. The Bulldogs improve to 5-0 two weeks before beginning Delta River League play at Oak Ridge on Oct. 5. The 56-point offensive explosion is nothing new for Folsom. It was the defense and special teams, however, that ignited much of the offensive flame. “It was a great effort by our defense. We always say that if our defense can get us the ball back to the offense then we know we can score. The defense played their butts off tonight and we kept scoring,” said Folsom head coach Kris Richardson. “Special teams are really buying into what we’re trying to do. Our kickoff team really has everyone guessing and they’ve just been incredible.” Every time the Rams made a nice play, the Bulldog defense responded with an equally—if not more—impressive play for zero or negative yardage. Folsom didn’t allow Casa across midfield until its fourth drive of the game, well into the second quarter. Junior kicker Ben Trumm had a busy night, nailing all eight of his point after attempts and keeping the Rams’ return team guessing with his strategically unpredictable kickoffs—two of which resulted in onside recoveries for the Bulldogs. “Ben’s an incredible kicker. He can put the ball anywhere. He treats it like a golf shot. He can chip it, drive it, pitch it. He’s got a unique spin to the ball and his placement is incredible. He works really hard at it and we’re taking advantage of it,” said Richardson. Quarterback Jake Browning (27-41, 279 yards, two TDs) connected with Phillip Carter twice for touchdowns inside the red zone during the second quarter to give Folsom a 42-0 halftime advantage. Parker Boone and Derek Stiles each recovered Trumm’s onside kicks in the first quarter, leading to two scores for the Bulldogs. The first was on a two-yard run from Harry Lipnosky, followed by Josiah Deguara’s three-yard blast that put Folsom up by three scores. Bailey Laolagi ran in the first of his two TD runs on a 14-yard score and Deguara weaved left-to-right through traffic to cash in on a 55-yard run to provide the other two first-quarter touchdowns for the Bulldogs. “We don’t take any plays off. Our (first unit) really stepped it up tonight and pitched a shutout,” said linebacker Chaz Arnold, whose two fumble recoveries also led to Bulldog touchdowns. “We’re going to enjoy this bye week but we’re still going be working hard,” said Lipnosky. Folsom (5-0) will rekindle its rivalry with Oak Ridge in two weeks to begin Delta River League action. “Obviously the Folsom/Oak Ridge rivalry is a great thing. They’ve got a great team this year. Our guys will be ready and so will theirs,” said Richardson. “What a great way to open up the Delta River League season.” JV Bulldogs 28, Rams 0 Head coach Jordan Banning has been extremely proud of the way his JV Bulldog team has been playing as of late. A no-quit and finish-strong mentality was evident in Folsom’s latest victory over Casa Roble on Friday night, 28-0. “Our defense has been great all year. We always trust our defense and they play absolutely amazing football every game,” said Banning, whose team moves to 5-0 before the bye week. “We’re really comfortable in those short-field situations. We played really aggressive and everything worked out well for us. It’s huge for the kids’ confidence to go into league undefeated, especially because so many of our sophomores play up. Momentum is everything in high school football and right now, we’ve got a lot of it.” Casa Roble recovered a Folsom fumble inside the Bulldogs’ red zone with less than two minutes to play but the Bulldog defense held tough and denied the Rams a score to preserve the shutout.