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Bulldogs silence Inderkum, advance to section semis with 45-14 win

By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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Folsom’s football team knew they had to stop a tenacious run game from the Inderkum Tigers, who averaged more than 350 yards on the ground and carried a 10-game win streak into the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs on Friday night in Natomas. The Bulldogs executed their game plan to perfection, nearly cutting the Tigers’ rushing yards-per-game average in half, as they handed Inderkum a 45-14 loss to move on to the D-II semifinals. “We knew that we had to slow their run game. We felt that if we played like we were supposed to, hitting our keys and being physical up front, then we could stop it. We got stops all night, got a key turnover early and executed on offense,” said Folsom coach Kris Richardson. The first half was all Bulldogs. Folsom scored two touchdowns before Inderkum got to run its first offensive play. The opening drive saw Folsom go 80 yards on seven plays, capped off by a Troy Knox 25-yard reception. Inderkum fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Folsom recovered inside the red zone, allowing Tanner Trosin to connect with J’Juan Muldrow on the next play for a quick 14-0 lead. Trosin later hooked up with Doug Vernon from 49 yards out before Folsom pulled some offensive trickery out of its sleeve for the next score. On the first play of the second quarter, fourth-and-two, Trosin pitched it to the right to Muldrow, who then stopped and threw the ball downfield to Carson McMurtrey for a 36-yard score to give Folsom a 28-0 advantage. “I just did what my coach asked me to do and my night went pretty smooth,” said the do-it-all back Muldrow, who compiled 189 yards from scrimmage and had a 40-yard interception return that allowed Folsom to tack on more points before the first half ended. The Bulldogs had Inderkum visibly frustrated after Muldrow caught a 70-yard pass that set up his own run from three yards out with 4:36 left in the second quarter. Sophomore Ben Trumm connected on a 27-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to put Folsom up 38-6. With a 32-point lead at the intermission, Folsom didn’t need to do much offensively in the second half. After the Tigers turned the ball over on downs on the first drive of the third quarter, Trosin led the Bulldogs to the end zone on a one-yard keeper during a nine-play, 38-yard drive. Trosin finished the evening 18-of-24 for 316 yards and three TD’s passing while rushing eight times for 45. Richardson said that he was pretty sure his quarterback had broken the state record for total offense in a season in Friday night’s contest. “Tanner is the best player in the state, in my opinion,” said Richardson, who also noted that his team is beginning to hit its stride when it counts. “We’re peaking at the right time. When our defense gets stops and our offense is executing, we’re pretty tough to beat,” he said. Next Friday, Folsom will play at No. 2 Elk Grove in the section semis.