Folsom's bid for second straight section title comes up short against Vacaville, 39-35

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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The dream of a second straight section title ended in a nightmare for Folsom High’s football team. Folsom, unable to stop Vacaville’s running game and able to score only one touchdown in the second half, lost to Vacaville, 39-35, Saturday night at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento in the Division II Sac-Joaquin Section championship game. Folsom led most of the game before Vacaville took the lead for the first and final time with 5:05 to play in the game on a two-yard run by Melvin Mason, his second touchdown run of the night. On Folsom’s final drive, the defending section champs reached Vacaville’s 34-yard line on first down before an incomplete pass and a Tanner Trosin run for three yards put Folsom in a third-and-seven situation with 2:54 to play. Trosin’s next pass went through Carson McMurtrey‘s hands and bounced off his pads incomplete and Trosin was sacked on fourth down and Vacaville took over on downs and ran out the clock. Folsom led 28-20 at halftime, but Vacaville scored three touchdowns in the second half, while Folsom only managed one. “They came out and executed on offense in the second half and we couldn’t get the stop when we needed it,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. “Offensively, penalties killed us tonight, including a couple in the red zone that hurt us. We just didn’t execute.” After scoring four touchdowns in six possessions in the first half, Folsom only managed one in four attempts in the second half. Folsom had two drives come to a halt on interceptions. After the game, Trosin said he was injured in the first half and it affected his performance. “I couldn’t focus as much and it led me throw two bad balls in the second half that were picked off,” Trosin said. “We should have won, but we made too many mistakes down the stretch.” Folsom started the game well enough, scoring on the opening drive on a 10-yard pass from Trosin to J’Juan Muldrow, who scored three of Folsom’s five touchdowns. Vacaville tied the score early in the second quarter and that was the first of six touchdowns in the quarter. After both teams turned the ball over on fumbles, Vacaville’s blunder coming on a potential touchdown pass when Rodney Ellison came from behind to strip the Vacaville receiver inside the five-yard-line, Folsom took a 14-7 lead on an improbable 99-yard touchdown pass from Trosin to McMurtrey on third-and-14 from the one-yard line. On the play, Trosin set a state record for most passing yards in a season and in all likelihood at the very least tied one for the longest pass play. Vacaville answered by returning the kickoff 97 yards to tie the score at 14. Both teams scored on their next possessions, Folsom’s touchdown coming on an 11-yard pass from Trosin to Muldrow and Vacaville’s on Mason’s first touchdown run of the night from a yard out. Mark Meyer blocked the extra point and Folsom led 21-20, before Trosin hooked up with Muldrow for a third-and-final scoring play with 58 seconds remaining in the half, this time from 27 yards, and Folsom led 28-20 at the break. Both teams traded scores in their second drives of the second half, Folsom’s coming on a two-yard run from Trosin with 2:45 to play in the third that gave the team a 35-26 lead. Vacaville, however, score twice more and Folsom failed in its final attempt with the ball. “They picked it up in the second half and we made key errors in key moments that cost us,” Meyer said. “They’re a great team and we just didn’t pull through like we normally do.” Despite the disappointing end to the season, Richardson said it was a good year. “The kids should hold their heads high,” Richardson said. “It was a great season, but we just didn’t finish it off the way we wanted to.”