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Bulldogs upend Trojans, 46-22

By: Matt Long
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David Graves threw five touchdown passes and ran for another in Folsom’s 46-22 win over Oak Ridge on Friday night. The Bulldogs were nearly unstoppable, as their spread offense gave the Trojans’ defense fits. On the other side of the ball, Oak Ridge gained a good chunk of yardage on the ground thanks to hard-nosed running by Jordan Matanane, Jacob Allen and Brett Thompson, but had difficulty passing the ball and couldn’t keep up with Folsom’s explosive offense. “It sure would be nice to see if Folsom’s got a punt game,” Oak Ridge coach Eric Cavaliere said after the game. “They’re explosive and when they get the ball to people in space, you’ve got to make the first tackle and we didn’t do that tonight.” Graves hooked up with his brother, Dano, for the game’s first score, on a 26-yard pass. Later in the quarter following a Patrick Muir fumble recovery, Graves found Jordan Richards for a 13-yard scoring strike. Folsom increased its lead to 20-0 early in the second quarter on a 65-yard pass from Graves to Tyler Trosin, who broke two tackles and beat a hard-charging Thompson to the end zone. Oak Ridge came back to tighten things up, as Thompson, now seeing the ball as a running back, scored on an 11-yard run. If there was a key moment in a 24-point win, it came late in the first half. Kyle Gohagen recovered a Folsom fumble and the Oak Ridge offense marched down to Folsom’s 30-yard line and looked good in doing so. The drive stalled there, however, and Folsom took only 1:09 to turn a decent drive by Oak Ridge into points for itself. Graves zipped the ball to a closely-guarded Andrew Benavides, who snatched it out of the air at the goal line for a 27-yard touchdown. The play came after a 33-yard scamper by Graves, which put the Bulldogs in prime scoring position just before the half. At the break, Folsom led 26-7. “That was big,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. “Any time you can get points right before the half and get some momentum, that’s huge.” Folsom’s defense stopped Oak Ridge on the initial drive in the second half, and the offense did its part and scored, this time on a three-yard run from Trosin. The touchdown made it 33-7 and for all intents and purposes, finished off the Trojans. Oak Ridge came down and scored on its next drive on a 48-yard run by Matanane through the heart of Folsom’s defense, but the Bulldogs scored twice more on a nine-yard pass from Graves to Brandon Babineaux and on a 44-yard quarterback keeper by Graves. Oak Ridge’s final score came on a five-yard run by Allen. After the game Cavaliere tried to keep things positive in his talk with his team. “Our first four games are brutal, and we schedule the best opponents to make us a better team,” Cavaliere said. “Playing these good teams prepares us for league and playing Folsom is going to help us.” With perennial power Grant coming up on Friday, things don’t get any easier for the Trojans. “We’re going to find out a lot about ourselves this week,” Cavaliere said. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs are riding high after two impressive victories. “We executed great offensively,” Richardson said. “Dave didn’t get pressured at all as our offensive line took away their stunts. It was another solid night for our defense too.” Graves gave credit to everyone around him, but not himself. “The offensive line was awesome tonight, just awesome,” Graves said. “And the guys I have to throw it to – I don’t do much -- I just give it to the amazing athletes around me and they do the work.” Folsom’s next game is at home against Sacramento High on Friday. Oak Ridge JV wins Ryan Adams ran for a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter and Oak Ridge eventually pulled away in a 29-14 win over Folsom. Trailing 14-0, Folsom cut the lead to 14-6 on a Kyle Moeller-to-Troy Watson 20-yard scoring strike. Late in the first quarter, Folsom’s Trevor Jones scored on an eight-yard run and Moeller’s two-point conversion tied the game at 14. The Bulldogs, however, never saw the lead. Willie Tucker tackled Moeller in the end zone midway through the second quarter to give his team a 16-14 lead at halftime. In the third quarter, Sean Osborn recovered a Folsom fumble in the end zone to make the score 23-14. The game’s final score came in the fourth quarter, when quarterback Will Tostenson hooked up with Matt Stewart to give the Trojans a 29-14 win. “Folsom has a great offense, but our defense showed up and shut them down,” Oak Ridge coach Aaron Brackney said. “Offensively, Ryan had two long touchdown runs and our offensive line set the tone on those drives.” Not surprisingly, Folsom coach Matt Navone was disappointed with the loss. “There were just a collection of little plays that went Oak Ridge’s way and if they would have went our way it would have been a different story,” Navone said. “We had trouble stopping their run and our offense didn’t get going until the second quarter. “It wasn’t a question of effort, just a question of execution.”