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Bulldogs' super season is over

By: Matt Long/The Telegraph
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A dream season ended in disappointment and tears for Folsom High's varsity football team Friday night, as the Bulldogs lost to Napa 45-42 in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs. In this high-scoring affair, the team that had the ball last won it, as Napa ran out the clock after picking up the game's final first down. Folsom's David Graves threw five touchdowns passes, all to Andrew Benavides, and Tyler Trosin also scored on a touchdown run, but three turnovers and another turnover on downs in Folsom territory doomed the Bulldogs, along with their inability to stop the Napa offense. Things started well enough for Folsom, as it scored touchdowns on its first three drives and led 21-7 after the first quarter, but the second quarter spelled disaster. Five plays in Napa scored its second touchdown to make the score 21-14. In what was probably a first all season for the Bulldog offense, their next drive featured four consecutive run plays, the final play which failed to pick up one yard on fourth down on their own 38-yard line. The decision to go for it and the lack of execution proved to be big, as Napa turned Folsom's failure into seven points, which tied the game at 21 and gave the Indians momentum. Folsom's next possession ended in an interception, which the Indians turned into another seven points. Tyler Trosin returned the ensuing kickoff to midfield, but then fumbled the ball away to Napa. The Indians capitalized with a field goal just before the half to open a 31-21 lead with 24 unanswered points. Graves hooked up with Benavides two plays into the second half on a 58-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 31-28. Napa came down and scored and then Graves was picked off for the third time when his pass to Benavides went off his hands into the hands of a Napa defensive back. Folsom's defense came up with a big stop and Graves' fifth touchdown pass to Benavides made it 38-34. The teams traded touchdowns, Folsom's coming on a 17-yard run by Trosin and the ensuing 2-point conversion from Graves to Trosin made the final score 45-42. Folsom had two chances to keep the Indians from gaining the two first downs they needed to run out the clock, but failed to do so. "It was a great season," Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. "Turnovers and our run defense hurt us. That's the defending section champ over there and we gave them everything they could handle. We needed the ball one more time to beat them." Graves was disappointed after the game, but realized he was a member of a special team. "This season was nothing less than a dream season to me," Graves said. "These guys are like my family and it hurts to see the season end."