Folsom rolls over Woodcreek, 42-7

By: Matt Long
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For the first time since Folsom won the Division II section championship in 1990, the Bulldog football team has won a playoff game. The Bulldogs dominated Woodcreek on Friday night, winning 42-7, and now will host Granite Bay next Friday in the second round. Folsom scored touchdowns on five of its seven possessions in the first half to put the Timberwolves away by halftime, leading 35-0. Quarterback Dano Graves completed 19-of-28 passes for 349 yards and five touchdowns and also ran for another to lead the way. Kori Babineaux and Tyler Trosin both caught a pair of touchdown passes and Jordan Richards caught another. Babineaux hauled in nine balls for 170 yards, while Richards and Trosin both caught four balls for 73 and 72 yards, respectively. “It feels great to win a playoff game,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. “I watched a lot of tape of Woodcreek and they’re a really physical team and with a couple of breaks could have had a better record. They play in what is considered one of the toughest leagues in the Sierra Foothill, but the Delta River is no easy road either. We’re battled tested.” Graves capped off Folsom’s first drive with a 3-yard run. Late in the first quarter, Folsom increased its lead to 14-0 on a 61-yard pass from Graves to Babineaux. Woodcreek did next to nothing on its first two possessions, but late in the first quarter moved the ball 63 yards on nine plays to the Bulldog 9-yard line. On fourth-and-four and trailing 14-0, the Timberwolves attempted a 26-yard field goal, but the ball went through holder Ryan Kovach’s hands and the kick was never attempted. Folsom only took four plays to score its next touchdown, a Graves-to-Trosin 21-yard scoring pass. Sam Lueken intercepted a Matt Mazzuca pass to end Woodcreek’s next drive, which Folsom turned into seven points when Graves and Trosin hooked up again, this time from 41 yards. After Woodcreek went four-and-out on its next possession, Folsom scored on its first play from scrimmage on a 35-yard pass from Graves to Richards that made the score 35-0 and put the game away. Woodcreek again moved the ball down the field, but a 33-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Richards to keep the shutout in tact. Folsom played well defensively throughout the game. Linebacker Burton Dekoning routinely pressured Mazzuca, while Kyle Kelley played a strong game at defensive end. Both teams added a score in the second half; Folsom’s coming on a 4-yard pass from Graves to Babineaux late in the third quarter. Richardson is looking forward to round two where the Bulldogs will host the Grizzlies from Granite Bay. “We’ve been at camp with them and there’s always been this talk of how we should play each other so now here it is,” Richardson said. “It will be a great challenge and I’m excited about it.”