Folsom rolls over Ponderosa 42-14

By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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Bulldogs defeat Ponderosa for seventh straight win The Folsom Bulldogs sent their fans home happy once again with a Homecoming victory over Ponderosa, 42-14 on Friday night. J’Juan Muldrow led Folsom offensively with 11 receptions and 160 yards, while Tanner Trosin threw for 294 yards and four touchdowns on 25-of-35 passing for the Bulldogs, who have now won seven straight. “(Ponderosa) was doing some interesting things defensively. With the ability to defend our run, they were hitting us in some creases so it was a little frustrating,” said Folsom coach Kris Richardson. “We’ll go to the drawing board this weekend and come up with a better way to defend that. We got a little sloppy in the second half on a homecoming game. I’m not happy about it but I’ll take the ‘W’, that’s for sure.” The Folsom defensive line quieted Ponderosa’s offense in the first half, holding them to negative yardage after the first 12 minutes. Quincy Capel, Chaz Arnold and Zack Bodnar all recorded first-half sacks. The Bruins’ only first down of the first 24 minutes came on the final play of the half. The second half wasn’t as pretty for Folsom as the Bruins recovered two onside kicks and scored two touchdowns from Ben Boardway, including an 85-yard burst on the first play of the fourth quarter to cut into the Bulldogs’ lead, 35-14. Ponderosa threatened to dig deeper into the Folsom lead before Rodney Ellison intercepted Jacob Bist’s pass at the Folsom two-yard line to get the ball back for the Bulldogs. Trosin connected with Muldrow on three scoring passes in the first half, including a 39-yarder across the middle on the first play of Folsom’s third drive. Trosin also rushed one in from a yard out and hit Phillip Carter for a six-yard score late in the half. “We made some plays in the first half but came out a little flat and the intensity wasn’t as good in the second half,” said Muldrow, who also took Homecoming King honors at halftime along with Angel Dimaria from the Bulldog cheerleading squad as the Queen. “I was kind of surprised. I didn’t think I’d win. To win Homecoming King is an honor and it feels good,” he said with a smile, as he was playfully crowned and draped with the “Homecoming King” sash by his halftime escort. Next week, Folsom faces fellow Delta River League powerhouse Pleasant Grove (7-1, 3-0 DRL) with a potential league championship on the line. “It’s come down to us and (PG) for the last four or five years for the league championship game. We expected it. We’ve worked for it and now here it is. We have to get it done,” said Richardson. JV Bulldogs 39, Bruins 6 For the second consecutive week, the JV Bulldogs’ defense held tough. The six points scored by Ponderosa on Friday night are the only points Folsom has allowed over the past two games. Folsom led 21-0 at halftime and the second half was highlighted by a pair of rushing touchdowns and a field goal. Nathan Whitfield ran one in from five yards and Mike McCuaig burst for a 55-yard score before Ben Trumm booted in the 29-yarder to finalize the 39-6 score. “Credit to the defense, but our offense really got after it tonight,” said coach Terry Richards, whose Bulldogs are now 2-1 in the DRL. “We just pounded and pounded and took it to them. After getting up 21-0 at halftime, it was like ‘now what do we do?’ It’s always asked now in the locker room: Windshield or bug? Decide what we’re gonna be.”