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Bulldogs in a rout

Defense pitches shutout as offense puts up 53 points
By: Matt Long
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Folsom High’s varsity football team put on a clinic on Saturday night and it wasn’t just on the offensive side of the ball. The Bulldogs scored touchdowns on their first two offensive plays and pitched a shutout defensively in a 53-0 win over Davis at Prairie City Stadium. “Not a bad start,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson said after the game. “It was a pretty mistake-free night too as we executed well. I think we only had two punts and those were on bonehead calls by me. “I love offense, but our defense tonight was solid. I can’t remember the last time we had a goose egg up there for the defense. That was the best defense we’ve played in a long time.” Following an encroachment penalty on Davis’ defensive line, the Bulldogs’ first play from scrimmage produced points. David Graves threw a lateral pass to his brother, Dano, who found a wide-open Tyler Trosin for a 66-yard touchdown pass. “We scouted them and we knew they jumped hard on the bubble,” Richardson said of the play call. We wanted to get them on their heels and it worked.” After a Davis drive stalled just inside the Folsom 40-yard line, the Bulldogs went to work again. On Folsom’s second play from scrimmage in the game, Graves called his own number and ran 63 yards for a score. Folsom’s defense had some trouble stopping Davis running back Alex Bell in the first half, but while Folsom gave up yards, it didn’t yield any points. The Bulldogs extended their lead to 20 points early in the second quarter on a quarterback sneak by Graves. Following an interception by Trosin, the Bulldogs were at it again, taking only three plays before Graves hooked up with Andrew Benavides for a 39-yard touchdown pass. Folsom led 27-0 at halftime and the rout was on. The Bulldogs started the second half the same way they began the first – with a touchdown. Mike Simons intercepted a pass at the Davis 22-yard line and three plays later, Trosin scored on a one-yard run and Zach Cameron’s extra point made it 34-0. Trosin scored his third touchdown with a 44-yard run late in the third quarter to make it 40-0. With the second-string players in the game, Folsom put up two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Bradlee McCarty connected with Blain Katz for a 26-yard score and later McCarty scored on a 41-yard run. “I’m really happy with the way we executed,” Graves said. “I’m glad we solidified our run game, and I’m very happy with how the defense played.” Asked if he was jealous of his younger brother tossing the first touchdown pass of the year, Graves, the consummate team player, said, “No, not at all. I’m happy for him.” JV Bulldogs win 28-13 The junior varsity team turned in a solid performance in their opening game as well, beating Davis 28-13 in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicates. Quarterback Kyle Moeller was the player of the game, as he threw three touchdown passes on offense and intercepted three passes on defense. Moeller threw a pair of touchdown passes to Marcus Hendricks and a third to Mac Carlsen. Folsom’s only other score came on the game’s opening kickoff, which Troy Watson returned for six points. “If we create turnovers on defense, we’re going to win football games,” coach Matt Navone told his team after the game. “We caused four turnovers tonight and didn’t give up any.” Defensively, Mac Carlsen also intercepted a pass, while Joe Gray, Dan Curry and Sam Leuken all had sacks. “We had a couple of breakdowns on special teams, but we executed really well on defense,” Navone said. “Offensively, we played well enough to put the game away.”