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Bulldogs pull out 27-26 win in overtime

By: Matt Long
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The Bulldogs are back in the race for the Delta River League title after a 27-26 overtime win against Pleasant Grove on Friday. Two weeks after dropping an overtime decision to Monterey Trail, the Bulldogs came through with an overtime win over their own when Pleasant Grove’s kicker Marcus White yanked the game-tying extra point wide left, sending Folsom High players and coaches streaming onto the field. “We played our butts off,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. “We kept making mistakes, but kept playing. Our defense made key stops when we needed it.” Folsom got the ball to start overtime and scored on its second play on a pass from Dano Graves to Tyler Trosin. Dillon Wessing’s extra point made it a 27-20 lead. Pleasant Grove also scored on its second play, but missed the extra point. “It was a hard-fought game,” Trosin said. “We showed our heart. We weren’t going to lose another overtime game.” Folsom opened the scoring in the first quarter on its second play from scrimmage on a 64-yard screen pass from Graves to Trosin. From there, however, the offense did next to nothing until the fourth quarter. When Folsom did move the ball, it was hampered by turnovers. Three straight possessions late in the third quarter and into the fourth ended in turnovers. The defense, however, played a strong game, particularly when it counted in the second half. Quite simply, the Folsom defense kept the Bulldogs in the game. Folsom trailed 12-7 at halftime and Pleasant Grove held that lead until midway through the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs finally got back on the scoreboard. On the Pleasant Grove 23-yard line, Graves rolled to his left and found Trosin in the corner of the end zone for his second of three touchdowns on the night. The 2-point conversion failed, but Folsom led 13-12. Moments later on a fourth-and-four play, Pleasant Grove’s backup quarterback Cody Demps threw a screen pass to Kenny Taylor, who broke a tackle and took it to the house to put the Eagles back on top with 2:31 to play. Demps’ pass to Scott Beebe for the 2-point conversion put Pleasant Grove up 20-13. The Folsom offense made it look easy heading the other way. It took Folsom only five plays to move the ball 80 yards, as Jordan Richards capped off the game-tying drive with a 27-yard run following a shovel pass from Graves. That score set up the thrilling overtime victory for the Bulldogs. Folsom also won the junior varsity game, 21-14. Quarterback Stevie Johnson threw two touchdown passes to Doug Vernon and Carson McMurtrey and scored another on a run to lead the way. The Folsom defense, however, keyed the team to victory. “It was a fantastic defensive effort,” Folsom coach Matt Navone said. “We stopped them three times inside our 20-yard line and had two goal-line stands.” Navone said the defensive line of Travis Walker, Ben Trujillo, Mark Meyer and Jordan Alleva, along with middle linebackers Tevenn Lewis, Alex Hurlimann and Robert Pennington, led the defensive effort.