Folsom’s reward for winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship couldn’t be much better: an opportunity to play De La Salle of Concord, one of the best and most successful high school football programs in the nation, let alone California.
The Spartans have won four state championships in the last five years and have 21 section championships and 19 undefeated seasons to their credit.
“It’s an amazing achievement to win the section crown and play in the first Nor-Cal Open championship game against De La Salle,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. “It’s a great honor. They deserve all the accolades they’ve received over the years. For us to represent the Sac-Joaquin Section in this game against De La Salle – we’ll take it.”
Richardson and co-coach Troy Taylor told the players after Saturday’s win against Elk Grove to face this showdown with De La Salle like any other game, despite the daunting prospects of playing a national powerhouse for a right to play for a state championship.
“It’s business as usual for us; normal operating procedure,” Richardson said. “They’re a disciplined football team. They’re fast on defense and disciplined within their scheme. Offensively, they run the veer and they come at you in different ways. Of course, they’re very well coached too.
“It’s just another opportunity for us to show what we can do and it’s a great challenge. Hopefully, we will play our game and be in position to win the game.”