Folsom puts together team win over Woodcreek

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Lost in the wake of the performance of quarterback Jake Browning in the 68-28 victory over Woodcreek on Friday was the play of the rest of the Folsom High varsity Bulldogs. Browning would be the first to credit his teammates and he obviously couldn’t have done it without them. The offensive line of Cody Creason, Reed Garmsen, Dalton Bledsoe, Josh Wormley, Austin Rothrock and Mike D’Ottavio, along with backs Bailey Laolagi and Harry Lipnosky kept an intense pass rush far from Browning, while Phillip Carter, Lucas Owan, Troy Knox, Rodney Ellison and Parker Boone hauled in 34 passes and very few drops. While the line and backs offered top protection, the receivers did what they’re supposed to do and that’s make catches and get up field. Carter had an exceptional game, as five of his 10 catches went for scores, as he racked up 317 receiving yards. Owan led the team with 14 catches, good for 236 yards and two scores, while Troy Knox also caught a pair of touchdown passes on his eight receptions for 102 yards. Rodney Ellison only caught one pass for 29 yards but it was good for six points and sophomore Parker Boone ended the game with one catch. Laolagi only had four carries on the night, but averaged a little more than seven yards per carry with 29 yards rushing. “They tried to pressure us by sending seven guys every time, but the line did a great job and picked up their blitz beautifully,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. “We have receivers who can run. Phillip had an amazing game. As fast as he is, Lucas is even faster. Troy’s a jitter bug out there. We just had great execution from the offense.” The defensive wasn’t bad either, even though the Bulldogs allowed four first-half touchdowns. “For three quarters of the game our defense was great,” Richardson said. “We had a couple hiccups in coverage, but we defended the run incredibly well.” Folsom’s next test is San Ramon Valley, as they come to visit Folsom on Friday. “We’ve got a great test coming in San Ramon Valley,” Richardson said. “They lost to Buhach Colony and Buhach is one of the top teams in the section. They’re excited about their team making a run for a section title so there is no shame in losing to them. Three turnovers in the first quarter was the difference. We will need to be ready to play.” JV Bulldogs 34, Woodcreek 20 Quarterback Calvin Gardner threw two touchdown passes and ran for two other scores in leading Folsom to an opening-game victory over the Timberwolves. Gardner threw an 11-yard pass to Wyatt Watson to open the scoring before scoring from three yards out and followed it with a two-point conversion run. The third touchdown came on a 17-yard pass to Tyler Crandall before Gardner scored on a six-yard run. The team’s final score came on an 83-yard punt return by Cole Thompson. The two-point conversion from Gardner to Tristan Santos was good. Folsom 34, Woodcreek 26 The freshman Bulldogs scored in every phase of the game, with one rushing touchdown, two passing touchdowns, a goal line interception returned 99 yards for a touchdown and a special teams’ touchdown. Throw in two goal-line stands, a fumble recovery and four quarterback sacks while not giving up any sacks and the Dogs had all facets of the game adequately covered. Coach Terry Richards, who declined to name players by name, attributed the win to the work of the entire organization. “ Our performance was indicative of the work of my assistant coaches, who worked tirelessly to get the boys ready, the players themselves, who withstood 100 degree temperatures during the last two weeks of practice and our support staff of trainers, who kept on top our the nagging injuries, hydration, taping etc. Without those efforts, this outcome would not have been possible.” Richards said there is still a lot of work to be done. “We’ll need to get better at our overall special teams play and eliminate the nuisance penalties; lining up incorrectly, too much time to call a play, and we’ll focus on those facets next week. Overall, the boys withstood the game pressures, demonstrated their resolve to succeed and started the season on a positive note. Folsom plays its first home game at 3 p.m. Friday against San Ramon Valley.