Folsom Jr. Bulldogs win championships

By: Staff Report
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The Folsom Jr. Bulldogs won three out of four Sierra Youth Football championship games as the Peewees won a defensive battle 2-0. The Midget squad lost to the American River All Stars, 52-24, capping a great run of youth football for this group of kids who made it to the championship game five out of seven years, winning four championships along the way. Below are game reports submitted by the coaches for the Mighty Mite and Jr. Peewee teams. Mighty Mites 12, Lincoln 6 The Folsom Jr. Bulldog Mighty Mites won the SYFC Division I football championship Saturday by beating Lincoln 12-6. After 17 grinding weeks, the Jr. Bulldogs capped a dream season by completing the sweep of the first, second and third seeds in the playoffs. “The offense was great, but our team defense won us the championship,” Coach Troy Watson said. “Without their continued dominance we wouldn’t have completed the feat. Congratulations to a group of kids that define the essence of team.” The coaching staff is made up of Troy Watson, Dave Simmons, Sean Hutton, Brent Christierson, Geery Hungtinton and Tom Pellegrini. The Jr. Bulldogs are made up of 24 members: Cy Watson, CJ Hutton, Luke Simmons, Brady Huddlestun, Alex Wong, Colby Christierson, Jacob Huntington, Isaac Dugars, Dylan Richard, Will Streich, Levi Tupou, Gibson Gray, Jacob Melander, Adam Crandall, Chris Catalano, Jacob Gillespie, Nathan Erlich, Damon Haberman, Lucas Jorge, Logan Harrison, Harrison Craft, Garrett Heisinger, Colby Diehl and Jaxson Hansen. Jr. Peewees 8, Whitney 6 In true championship game fashion, this one came down to a big fourth down defensive stop by the Jr. Bulldogs. The start of the game was completely dominated by the Jr. Bulldogs as the defense, led by Logan Bingham, shut down the Jr. Wildcats, while the offense, behind the running of Dylan Jorge, Mark Weldy and Davin Simmons, pounded the ball down the field to set up a touchdown run by Simmons. Simmons also added the extra-point kick, which turned out to be the difference in the game. Michael McJimsey kicked an onside and recovered it, but the Jr. Bulldogs could not capitalize. However, a Simmons interception late in the second quarter set up another touchdown opportunity right before half, but the Bulldogs were denied by the stingy Jr. Wildcats defense, giving the Jr. Bulldogs an 8-0 halftime lead. The Jr. Wildcats proved to be a very worthy championship team as they made adjustments and came out strong in the second half, scoring in the fourth quarter, but missing the tying extra point kick, as the Jr. Bulldogs held on for a dramatic 8-6 victory and another championship for the Jr. Bulldogs organization.