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Folsom wins a shootout against Roseville, 61-49

Tigers can't hold onto halftime lead
By: Nick Pecoraro/Folsom Telegraph Correspondent
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For a game that was delayed 30 minutes due to proximity of lightning, there was no shortage of electricity once the game resumed at Prairie City Stadium on Friday night.

Tanner Trosin and J'Juan Muldrow were not going to let Folsom lose. In a back-and-forth rollercoaster of a game, the Bulldogs prevailed over Roseville 61-49.

Muldrow returned a kickoff 90 yards to the house in the second quarter along with a 40-yard punt return in the third to give the Bulldogs' special teams an extra punch.

“It feels crazy. That was just a whole-hearted win,” said Muldrow, who also caught two touchdown passes from Trosin. “Our special teams talked in the locker room at halftime about just attacking. I trusted my blockers, and I was able to make it into the end zone.”

Roseville charged late in the game before Zach Van Meter, who recovered a fumble for Folsom earlier, picked off a Tiger pass with 2:23 left to seal the victory.

Trosin was 32 for 48 for 371 yards and five touchdows — three to receiver Doug Vernon.

“We came out flat in the first half. We weren’t fired up yet. We didn’t want to sit back and let them win so we turned it up in the second half,” said Trosin, who also ran for two scores.

Roseville put up a tremendous fight. Leading 28-26 in the first half after trading touchdowns with Folsom, the Tigers kept pace with the Bulldogs through the fourth quarter. Folsom would score three unanswered touchdowns in the third, leaving the Tigers in a tough hole.

“(Roseville) was a great offensive team, and they put up some big numbers. If we’re gonna get anywhere close to where we were last year, we have to play better defense,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. “Tanner and J’Juan played their butts off, and all the right guys stepped up when it counted. We just have to keep getting better.”

Casey Lambert brought Roseville to within a touchdown with a 65-yard burst through the middle with 7:46 to play. Lambert carried the ball 19 times for 172 yards while quarterback Zac Cunha completed 8 of 19 passes for 259 yards and four touchdowns. Three went to Cody Lindner, who had six catches for 226 yards.

“This is just one loss. We can’t hang our heads on this one. We discussed what we had to do and made some adjustments. We just fell short,” said Tigers defensive lineman Jordan Carrell, who made two one-handed interceptions.

“I’m disappointed in the outcome, but I’m proud of the way our guys competed. I have a tough time finding fault with how hard we played offensively,” Roseville coach Larry Cunha said. “We’ve got to clean up a couple things. (Folsom) is a good football team, and I hope we get a chance to play them again.”

Folsom 61, Roseville 49

Roseville   7   21    7   14 - 49
Folsom     7   19   21   14 - 61

Rose — Cunha 1 run (Torres kick)
Fol — Vernon 17 pass from Trosin (Moore kick)
Rose — Lambert 5 run (Torres kick)
Fol — Vernon 5 pass from Trosin (Moore kick)
Rose — Lindner 20 pass from Cunha (Torres kick)
Fol — Muldrow 90 kickoff return (kick failed)
Rose — Lindner 62 pass from Cunha (Torres kick)
Fol — Vernon 5 pass from Trosin (2-point conversion failed)
Fol — Trosin 3 run (Moore kick)
Fol — Muldrow 40 punt return (Moore kick)
Fol — Trosin 2 run (Moore kick)
Rose — Lindner 75 pass from Cunha (Torres kick)
Rose — Butler 16 pass from Cunha (Torres kick)
Fol — Muldrow 10 pass from Trosin (Moore kick)
Rose — Lambert 65 run (Torres kick)
Fol — Muldrow 11 pass from Trosin (Moore kick)

JV: Roseville 35, Folsom 14

The Tigers took a 14-7 lead into the locker room. With just under five minutes to go in the third, Roseville running back Matt Razzano took a handoff 18 yards to the house for his second touchdown. Razzano scored again in the fourth to extend the Tigers' lead to 28-14.

“This is a very big win for us,” said Roseville coach Tim McDowell, whose team moved to 3-0. “Our offensive line played great, and our defense had a great game against a team who put up 39 points against Grant, so I’m pretty happy with the way we played.”

Folsom (1-1) scored on an Elijah Brooks catch in the first half and a nine-yard TD pass to Alex Perez from Mike McCuaig in the fourth.

“(Roseville) did exactly what we scouted them to do. We just weren’t ready to compete on a consistent basis,” Folsom coach Terry Richards said. “Now the kids understand what happens when you don’t come to work. We need to work hard in practice and get it back.”