Bulldogs run on QB talent amazes me

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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Section title or not, it was a remarkable football season for Folsom High. The numbers Tanner Trosin accumulated this season are nothing short of remarkable. Trosin passed for a state record 5, 185 yards and also set a record for most yards of total offense with 6, 349, which includes 1,164 rushing yards. Trosin’s combined 69 touchdowns (49 passing, 20 rushing) trail only Dano Graves’ 85 touchdowns from a year ago. What’s impressive to me is how the Bulldogs have had athletes step up and replace graduated seniors over the past few years. When Cary Grossart quarterbacked the Bulldogs in 2006 and 2007, I thought they’d have a tough time replacing the Northern Arizona bound quarterback who passed for 3,046 yards and 22 touchdowns against only six interceptions as a senior. All David Graves did the following year was lead Folsom to a 9-2 record, as he threw for 2,771 and 40 touchdowns. Graves also rushed for 696 yards and 11 touchdowns and is now throwing passes for the University of Hawaii. Surely, Folsom would slip a bit at quarterback after Graves left? Hardly, his younger brother, Dano, put together back-to-back seasons that would rank up there with the best the state has seen, including a senior season that ended with him being named the MaxPreps National Player of the Year. What Graves did last season, leading the Bulldogs to a state title and putting up his own incredible numbers, while sitting out the fourth quarters of almost every game, was spectacular. Graves passed for 3,702 yards and 62 touchdowns and rushed for 994 yards and 23 touchdowns. His 85 touchdowns is a state record. I thought I wouldn’t see anything like that again. Once Trosin’s ankle injury healed to the point where he could run effectively, to me, that’s when Trosin really took off. The 49-46 last-minute win over Deer Valley was as spectacular as his 601 passing yards, but I started to believe after the 30-27 win over Casa Roble, when Trosin threw for 309 yards and rushed for 129. The same could be said for the Folsom’s receivers over the years. In 2008, Andrew Benavides put up numbers no Folsom receiver had ever put up before with 1,223 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns. All Tyler Trosin did was catch 81 balls for 1,446 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2009 and 70 for 1,303 for 27 scores the following year. J’Juan Muldrow has continued the string, as he caught 122 passes for 1,895 yards and 23 touchdowns this season. When Trosin moves on to college next year, Folsom coach Kris Richardson will have to find another quarterback. Taylor Miller-Wing was Trosin’s backup this year and he quarterbacked the junior varsity team in 2010. Could be the next in a long-line of solid to spectacular quarterbacks at Folsom High? Are one of the three junior varsity quarterbacks, Mike McCuaig, Taylor Petersen or Nathan Whitfield, the answer, or will the next star quarterback be either Matt Jimison, Jake Browning or Josiah Deguara, who led the freshman team to an unbeaten 9-0 record? I don’t know the answer and I’m not so sure Richardson does at the moment either, but in any case, the Bulldogs’ success next year and in future seasons depends on how good the quarterback is. In Folsom’s spread offense, there isn’t another person that’s more important to the team’s success than the player standing behind center.