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Bulldogs prepare for scrimmage on Thursday

By: Matt Long
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Two weeks of football practice have gone as well as could be expected at Folsom High. Now the team must prepare for its first opportunity to face an unfamiliar opponent on Thursday. The Bulldogs scrimmage El Camino and Union Mine at Prairie City Stadium on Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. “It’s now a matter of executing in full pads against a team in a different colored jersey,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. “I look at scrimmages as a glorified practice, but I know the guys will enjoy the competition against another team.” Richardson is comfortable with where his team is at as the regular season nears with the first game slated for Sept. 10 against Davis. He said he believes his team can throw and catch with anyone, and offensively, it’s just a matter of picking up blitzes, protecting the quarterback and keeping him upright. Defensively, he said the team’s added a few wrinkles to be better against the run, including some run blitzes that were affective during the summer camp at Cal Berkeley. Folsom enters this week coming off a strong week of practice in which they battled each other hard every time out on the field. “I told the guys at the beginning of the week that this is the only week this season where there’s nothing to look forward to at the end of the week other than a break,” Richardson said. “It’s just a week of hard work and conditioning and the guys did great. There were times where they needed an extra push, but it was good.” The varsity team and the Folsom football program ended the week with the annual Meet The Bulldogs Night on Saturday at the Folsom Community Center. Richardson said it was a successful event. “It’s a chief fundraiser for us because of the amount of support we receive from the community and the local businesses, but it’s also a way for us to recognize our players before the season starts,” Richardson said. “It’s a way for us to have the community meet these players in person and learn a little about them.”