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Bulldogs trounce Huskies, 49-13

By: Garrett Johnston/Telegraph Correspondent
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The Folsom Bulldogs trounced the visiting Sheldon Huskies in league play on Friday night, 49-13.

Sophomore quarterback Jake Browning had another tremendous performance, as he went 24-for-41 for 314 yards passing and five touchdowns. The first half was a relatively slow start for the powerhouse Bulldog offense, as they scored on their opening drive and led 6-0 but didn’t get their offense into gear until later on.

The opening drive was eight plays for 74 yards and ended on Bailey Laolagi’s two-yard rushing touchdown.

“I thought we did a great job in the first half,” Huskies coach Herbie Berry said after the game. “I think they were surprised at how physical we played. I think we disrupted them.” Sheldon had a substantial drive into Bulldog territory after the Bulldog strike, but the Huskies’ fumbled and Sam Whitney recovered on the Folsom’s 40-yard line. “I think that if not for the two big turnovers in the first half it would have been a whole lot different game,” Berry said.

The Bulldogs finished the half in dramatic style with a 35-yard deflected completion for a touchdown from Lucas Owan to Trace Noble.

“That got us jumpstarted,” Bulldogs’ head coach Kris Richardson said after the game. “That got everybody excited again.”

It was the second of what would be five passing touchdowns for Jake Browning.

“We knew we couldn’t stop him,” said Berry. “Our goal was just to contain him.”

They did a decent job of doing so in the first half, but still trailed 21-0 going into the locker room. The Huskies would, however, receive a spark from running back Curtis Juniel in the second half. In the fourth quarter he found a gap in the line and pulled off a 62-yard touchdown run.

“When you’re playing another spread (offense) team those types of plays happen sometimes,” said Richardson. “They spread you out and pop one through.”

But Folsom’s offense ultimately proved to much to handle for the Huskies as they fell 49-13 to Folsom. Browning was very humble about his performance.

“Take each play at a time and make sure we each do our job so we can get some points on the board,” Browning said.

Browning’s performance garnered some positive attention from the other end of the field as well.

“He is without a doubt, the best quarterback we’ve faced,” said Berry. “His accuracy, his poise, he just doesn’t get rattled.”

Now the Bulldogs look ahead to playing Ponderosa on the road next week as league play continues.

“Pondo is a very good football team. They’re physical, they’re tough, they’re well coached,” coach Richardson said. “It’s going to be a challenge going up there.”

There’s an old adage that says “the biggest challenges lead to the greatest triumphs.” What that could mean for Folsom is still to be determined on the shoulders of an impressive sophomore quarterback.

More Stats: Receiving Owan 7-86, TD Noble 4-66, 3 TD Rushing Lipnosky 15-124, TD Bailey 9-88, TD