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Folsom rolls over Sheldon 55-13

By: Matt Mills/Telegraph Correspondent
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In his post-game team talk, Folsom football coach Kris Richardson said it best, “defense, my God, you crushed them.” In making perhaps its biggest statement of intent this season, the Folsom Bulldogs, led by its defense, with help from its typically proficient offense, crushed Sheldon 55-13 in a Delta River League contest Friday night in Folsom. The Bulldogs defense dominated Sheldon holding the Huskies to negative eight yards of total offense in the first half as Folsom (6-1 overall, 2-0 DRL) raced out to a 49-0 lead at halftime in a game that was over when the band came out on the field. “We really played well,” Folsom defensive coordinator Max Miller said. “That was the best half we have played all season and it was against a really good football team.” Folsom held Sheldon running back Davonte Lynch, who had rushed for 257 yards last week in a win over Oak Ridge, to just 40 yards on 13 carries. Lynch often would not even get to the line of scrimmage thanks to the Bulldogs’ defensive line of Alec Grodecki, Yuvraj Madra and Trevor Jones, who pushed Sheldon’s offensive line around. Linebackers Burton DeKoning, Marcus Hendricks, Dan Curry and Sam Lueken sniffed out the plays that the defensive line didn’t destroy and the secondary of Mac Carlsen, Troy Watson, Jordan Richards and Tyler Trosin held Sheldon to 64 yards passing. Even substitutes Christian DaCosta, Tucker Kearney and Mark Meyer wreaked havoc when in the game. Lueken had an interception, Hendricks had two sacks and Richards absolutely flattened a Sheldon running back early in the game to set the tone of the night “This is still a new defense for these kids,” Miller said. “This group is learning fast and they have been very good all season.” Not to be outdone, the Folsom offense was at its prolific best as Dano Graves threw for seven touchdowns and ran for another in what was another spectacular and special night for the record-setting Folsom quarterback. Graves completed 25-of-33 passes for 381 yards finding five different receivers for touchdowns. “He knows this offense inside and out,” Richardson said. “We have great skill guys and he is going to get it to those guys and find them.” Tyler Trosin had 113 yards receiving and three touchdowns, Richards had 106 yards receiving and a score, while Kori Babineaux, Tanner Trosin and Hendricks also caught touchdown passes on the night. Folsom will go on the road next week to face Ponderosa at 7:30 p.m. in Shingle Springs as they continue its quest to repeat as DRL champs. Folsom JV 27, Sheldon JV 0 – Taylor Miller-Wing ran for a score and threw for another as the Bulldogs improved to 5-2 overall and 1-1 in the DRL. “We played horrible last Saturday,” said Folsom junior varsity coach Terry Richards, about his squad’s loss to Jesuit. “I challenged them to put it behind them and get back to playing good football and we did that. Tonight was clearly our best game to date.” Chaz Arnold and Trace Noble also scored touchdowns for Folsom.