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Folsom moves to 3-0 with win at Roseville

By: Nick Pecoraro/Folsom Telegraph Correspondent
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The Folsom Bulldogs spoiled Roseville High’s 2012 home opener with a 24-7 victory over the Tigers on Friday night at Hanson Field.

The Bulldogs came within a minute of earning their first shutout since their state title season in 2010. After a sluggish first half in which Folsom only saw three offensive possessions, the Bulldog defense jumped up a notch, pressuring Roseville quarterback Kyle Downie for a majority of the final 24 minutes.

“That first half was frustrating,” said Folsom coach Kris Richardson. “(Roseville)
had the ball for what seemed like a quarter and a half. We’re used to getting back out on the field. They did a good job of mixing it up on defense with the blitz and dropping eight or nine guys into coverage, playing a cat-and-mouse game, but we did our job. We weren’t as crisp and clean, but we’re a young team and we’re going to get that fixed.”

Jake Browning’s 51-yard pass to Harry Lipnosky with seven minutes left in the second quarter set up a two-yard Lipnosky score that put Folsom on the board first. Folsom’s Quincy Capel and Roseville’s Jordan Kunaszyk exchanged fumble recoveries for their teams on the following two drives to keep the 7-0 score at halftime.

Kunaszyk, Grant Jansen and Isaac Carrel recorded sacks and maintained constant pressure on Browning throughout the night.

“We played hard on defense throughout. We really competed. We played a very good football team and held a high-scoring offense to a pretty low-scoring game for the most part, so I’m happy with the way we played defense,” Roseville head coach Larry Cunha said. “We just made critical mistakes in inopportune moments. There are lots of strides being made with our guys. We’re not in the win column yet, but we’re moving in the right direction.”

Despite being chased around by the Roseville pass rush, Browning remained poised and connected for two touchdowns to Lucas Owan in the second half while throwing for 326 yards on 19-of-33 passing.

“One of Jake’s strengths is that he’s a very poised individual. He’s very calm, very cool. He doesn’t get over-excited. He just stays the same, and that’s the sign of a great quarterback,” Richardson said of his sophomore field general.

Roseville (0-3), which will host Oakmont next week in its homecoming game, had opportunities to cut into the Bulldog lead. Down 14-0 in the third, Roseville drove to the Folsom 15-yard line before Capel, Eddie Flores and Zack Bodnar recorded sacks to force a turnover on downs.

Downie later found Dallas Guerrero alone in the end zone with just 35 seconds left in the game to avoid the shutout.

Folsom (3-0) hosts Deer Valley next Friday.

JV game

Folsom 27, Roseville 12 - The Bulldogs moved to 3-0 after turning a mediocre first half into a mighty defensive performance.

Roseville gained steam on a third quarter interception for a score, but Folsom’s defensive line stuffed the two-point conversion that would have tied the game at 14.

Bryan Weldy scored at the end of the third and Cole Thompson retrieved another six from Calvin Gardner near the end of the fourth to finalize the win for the Bulldogs.

“In my 10-plus years of coaching, I’ve never had a better second-half team than we have here,” Folsom coach Jordan Banning said. “Our first-half mistakes kind of plagued us a little, but I’m proud of the way we fought in the second half. I’ll take 3-0 every time.”

FOLSOM 24, ROSEVILLE 7

Folsom      0   7   7   10 - 24
Roseville   0   0   0     7 -   7


Fol – Lipnosky 2 run (Trumm kick)
Fol – Owan 25 pass from Browning (Trumm kick)
Fol – FG Trumm 30
Fol – Owan 14 pass from Browning (Trumm kick)
Rose – Guerrero 22 pass from Downie (Baradannakhavan kick)

Individual statistics

RUSHING – Folsom, Lipnosky 13-57, Deguara 3-11, Browning 2-8, Laolagi, 2-5, Knox 1-4. Roseville, Razzano, 18-53, Downie 8-31, Crouch 5-27, Carrel 4-17.

PASSING – Folsom, Browning 19-33-0, 326. Roseville, Downie 12-20-0, 116.

RECEIVING – Noble 5-54, Carter 4-78, Owan 4-74, Knox 4-59, Lipnosky 1-51, Laolagi 1-10. Roseville, Razzano 6-38, Guerrero 2-38, Lopez 2-25, Jansen 1-8, Crouch 1-7.