Folsom boys lack energy, effort in loss to Jesuit

By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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The Folsom Bulldogs have had a rough week. After dropping their second consecutive Delta River League contest against Pleasant Grove on Wednesday evening, Folsom’s schedule would not get any easier in welcoming Jesuit into the Dog House on Friday night. The Marauders had control of the game, seemingly from the opening tip. Jesuit jumped out to an 11-3 run to begin the game and continued to dissect the Bulldogs en route to a 69-44 onslaught. “We weren’t as aggressive as we needed to be offensively and we didn’t handle the ball very well under pressure,” said Folsom coach Frank Horwath, displeased with his team’s efforts. “It was pretty clear that no one on our team was into this game. It was embarrassing.” Horwath decided to shake things up by plugging Mark Meyer, Ryan Penrose and Drew Whitney into the starting lineup to hopefully ignite the team after a sub-par practice week. “I thought (Whitney) came to play today. (Penrose) plays the way we ask him to play and he gave us some good energy tonight and (Meyer) has been getting better every week,” said Horwath. “We tried to get a little more fire and some leadership with this lineup.” Whitney made the most of his starting role, leading the Bulldogs in scoring with 15 points while Penrose provided an early spark, scoring Folsom’s first five points. The Marauders isolated the main components of the Bulldog offensive attack by holding Folsom’s top three leading scorers (Justin Woody, Bryson Bryant and Rich Olpin) to a combined four points on just one-of-four field goal attempts in the first half. The three totaled 10 points for the game. “(Jesuit) makes it very difficult to get into our offense. They ride you and try to wear you down physically and that’s exactly what they did to us tonight. Give them credit for that,” Horwath continued. The patient and efficiently sound Jesuit squad led 35-24 at halftime and continued to build upon their lead in the second half behindsenior Gary Melvin (16 points) and junior Parker Uu (14 points). With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 2-5 in Delta River League play and 10-13 overall. Next on the schedule are two crucial games on the road at Ponderosa (0-6 in league) on Wednesday and a recently struggling Oak Ridge team (3-4 in league) on Friday.