Folsom football improves to 8-0 with win over SheldonBy: Matt LongTelegraph Sports Editor
At 8-0 and healthy, things are shaping up well for Folsom High’s football team.
The Bulldogs head up the hill Friday to face Ponderosa (1-2, 5-3) for the final road game of the regular season before finishing up at home against Pleasant Grove in the season finale. The Bruins are coming off a heart-breaking 20-17 loss to Oak Ridge and gave the Trojans all they could handle. Folsom coach Kris Richardson expects a tough game against them.
“They’re a big, physical team and Coach (Jason ) Tenner has done a great job with them,” Richardson said. “They’re a fundamentally-sound team and they’ve got one of the best inside backers around with Jeff Camilli. They’re a physical team that plays with confidence. They’ve got a good quarterback in Jake Bist, but when it comes down to it they want to run the ball between the tackles and they did a great job of doing that against Oak Ridge. They were beating Oak Ridge at the point of attack and we can’t allow them to do that against us. All that being said, I think we match up with them well. If we can limit the big play on defense and protect Jake, I think we’ll be OK.”
Folsom is coming off a 49-13 win over Sheldon on Friday. While the final score shows blowout, Folsom didn’t really pull away from the Huskies until the second half. Folsom scored on its opening drive on a two-yard run by Bailey Laolagi and didn’t score again until early in the second quarter on a 27-yard pass from Browning to Josiah Deguara. The two-point conversion from Browning to Deguara made the scored 14-0.
Late in the half Browning had his pass tip off the hands of Lucas Owan and right into the hands of Trace Noble for a big score right before the half. Folsom led at the break 21-0.
“Sheldon was dropping eight into coverage and when teams do that against us we have to be patient,” Richardson said. “We missed some throws early, but we had a great play at the end of the half that blew the doors open for us. Defensively, we played our butts off.”
Folsom gave up two touchdowns in the third quarter, but scored four total in the second half to win going away. Browning threw touchdown passes to Noble (2) and Owan, while Harry Lipnosky scored on a touchdown run. For the game, Browning completed 24-of-41 for 314 yards and five touchdowns. Lipnosky rushed for 124 yards on 15 carries, while Laolagi picked up 88 yards on nine carries. Folsom rushed 35 times for 268 yards.
Owan led the way with seven catches for 86 yards, while Noble caught four balls for 66 yards and three scores. Rodney Ellison also caught four balls for 60 yards, picking up the slack for Troy Knox, who sat out the game.
Defensively, Owan, Sam Whitney, Hunter Hast and Parker Boone had interceptions, while Eddie Flores forced a fumble and Derek Stiles tipped a pass that led to a Folsom interception. Devon Nooner led the team with five tackles, while Phillip Carter made 4 ½. Quincy Capel was in on four tackles, while Chaz Arnold made 3 ½ tackles.
Folsom’s JV team improved to 7-0-1 with almost an identical score as the varsity team’s win, 49-14.
Quarterback Calvin Gardner had a great day, a great first half really, as Folsom scored all their points before halftime. Gardner threw touchdown passes to Cole Thompson, Sam Whittingham and Tristan Santos, while also scored a touchdown himself on a run. Bryan Weldy also scored on a touchdown run. Logan Hast found Wyatt Watson for another score, while the defense also got into the action, as Lorenzo De La Riva scored on a fumble recovery.
The Folsom freshman football team continues to rebound from their week six loss to Oak Ridge with back-to-back dominating wins.
Two weeks ago the Bulldogs traveled to Jesuit and after a 14-13 halftime lead won that game 34-13. Last week the Lodi Flames visited Folsom. The Bulldogs scored on their second play from scrimmage en-route to a 40-0 victory. The Bulldogs scored on runs of 58, 48, 42 yards, as well as a 7-yard QB sneak.
The highlight of the scoring onslaught was a 97-yard scoring pass after the Bulldogs had stopped Lodi with an interception on the 3yard line. The scoring onslaught ended with a 20-yard touchdown pass.
Defensively, the Bulldogs added two interceptions and two quarterback sacks to go along with a swarming, gang-tackling defense.
“We played our worst half of football at Jesuit and followed it with our best half, followed by our best game of the season,” Folsom coach Terry Richards said. “This has been our goal all year to be a dominating, suffocating defensive team coupled with an unstoppable offense. We’ll do our best to keep the momentum going as we prepare for our trip to Ponderosa this week.”