Bulldogs rip Davis, face Oak Ridge Friday at Homecoming

By: Matt Long
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Take away a few sloppy plays that are common for season-opening games and Folsom High’s performance on Thursday night at UC Davis was pretty sharp. The Bulldogs kicked off the 2009 season with a 41-21 win over the Davis Blue Devils, drilling the opponent for 34 points in the first half while allowing none. This week figures to be a tougher test, as the Bulldogs play host to Oak Ridge on Homecoming on Friday night. “Oak Ridge is improved over last year,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. “They’ve got two good runners in (Jordan) Matanane and (Jacob) Allen and they want to run the ball first and foremost and pass off of play action. They gave up some big plays in the air against Rocklin and hopefully that can be a good thing for us.” If there was any question concerning the play of quarterback Dano Graves and how the offense would be without his brother, Dave, who graduated last year, running the show, against Davis the answer was just fine. Dano, a junior who beat out sophomore Tanner Trosin for the starting job, completed 16-of-21 passes for 332 yards and five touchdowns, all in the first half. Kori Babineaux, who ironically is also replacing his brother, Brandon, at wide receiver, also filled the shoes in fine fashion. He caught three passes, all for touchdowns, and ended the night with 126 receiving yards. Mac Carlsen scored the first touchdown of the season on a 26-yard pass from Graves midway through the first quarter. Five minutes later, Graves hooked up with Tyler Trosin on fourth-and-eight from the 21 for a score in which Trosin made a superb diving catch in the corner of the end zone. Early in the second quarter, Graves hooked up with Jordan Richards on an 86-yard scoring strike before Babineaux made a juggling one-handed catch in the end zone for his first score from 39 yards out. Graves found him again just before the half on a short pass, which Babineaux took to the house from 41 yards out. Babineaux scored the team’s only touchdown in the second half on 46-yard pass from Tanner Trosin. “We all worked together,” Graves said of the offense’s performance in the first half. “The line gave me a lot of time to make my reads and the receivers ran good patterns.” For his first start at quarterback at the varsity level, and his first start at the position since he was a freshman, Graves was calm and cool. “I had butterflies, but I was surprised that I wasn’t nervous,” Graves said. “I’m very pleased and feel good about how I played.” Richardson was also satisfied with the team’s performance. “We were sloppy at times, but that’s normal for a first game,” Richardson said. “To score 41 points in the first game is pretty good though. We’ve got to clean up some of the missed tackles, but I thought the defense played well, particularly in the first half where we shut them out. We also played well against the run, which has been our emphasis all summer.” Richardson was also pleased with the play of both Graves and Trosin at quarterback, saying they both played well. JV Bulldogs win big Folsom’s junior varsity team had no trouble with Davis, starting off the season with a 41-6 victory. J’Juan Muldrow had a strong game, throwing three touchdown passes, two to Carson McMurtrey and another to Doug Vernon, and scoring two others on a short run and a punt return. Joe D’Ottavio also picked off a pass and returned it for a score. “The offensive line played really well and allowed us to pick and choose who we distributed the ball to,” Folsom coach Matt Navone said. “We’ve got some talented skill players who know what to do when we get them the ball and they proved it tonight. Defensively, we were dominant.” The freshman team also won, pitching a shutout in a 20-0 victory to start the day.