Inderkum is next challenge for Bulldogs

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Coming off one of their better all-around games of the season, Folsom High’s varsity football team is feeling good as they prepare to hit the road on Friday to face Inderkum in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs. Offensively, receiver Carson McMurtrey is finally healthy and is coming off his best game of the season with four catches for 200 yards and four touchdowns. He gives quarterback Tanner Trosin another weapon to throw to along side J’Juan Muldrow and Troy Knox and makes Folsom’s offense even harder to stop. Defensively, the Bulldogs did well against the run against Rio Linda, which gives them confidence as they prepare to face Inderkum, who like Rio Linda, has been quite effective running the ball this season. The Tigers average 356 yards on the ground and have three players who have rushed for more than 700 yards. They will be a great challenge for the Bulldog defense. “Inderkum is fast and athletic, one of the faster teams we’ve seen this year,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. “They crushed McNair, but I’d like to think we’re a little better than McNair. Of course, our offense can score points too. It’s going to be a heck of a game.” Folsom 56, Rio Linda 19 Folsom began its defense of the Division II Sac-Joaquin Section title with a convincing 56-19 win over Rio Linda on Thursday night. The Bulldogs scored touchdowns on their first seven possessions and led 49-0 at halftime in the blowout victory at Prairie City Stadium. For as many passing yards as Folsom gains each week, they usually don’t get many on deep balls. Tonight, though, quarterback Tanner Trosin hooked up with Carson McMurtrey for four touchdowns in the first half and three of them went for 47 yards or more. McMurtrey, healthy for the first time all season, had 200 yards receiving on those four touchdowns, his only catches of the night. “It felt good,” McMurtrey said. “I finally got to play. I’m finally 100 percent healthy; it’s the best I’ve felt all year.” Trosin completed 19-of-25 passes for 387 yards and five touchdowns. Troy Knox caught five balls for 26 yards, while Phillip Carter hauled in three passes for 54 yards and one score. J’Juan Muldrow only caught two passes but had 65 receiving yards. Muldrow also had two rushing touchdowns, while Trosin had one. At the game’s conclusion, it was announced that Trosin had set Sac-Joaquin Section records for most passing yards in a season (4,093) and most total yards in a season (4,992). “Tanner had another big night and also set those two records,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. “I don’t care what anyone says, he’s the best quarterback out there.” The Bulldog offense was lightning quick tonight, as four of their seven scoring drives in the first half came on two plays or less. Trosin ended the six-play opening drive with a nine-yard run to put Folsom up 6-0; 7-0 after Ben Trumm’s first of eight successful extra points on the night. After Folsom’s defense held Rio Linda to a three-and-out, on the first play from scrimmage, Trosin went deep to McMurtrey for a 47-yard score. On their next possession, Trosin hit McMurtrey on a 65-yard score on the second play of the series. Muldrow had a 41-yard touchdown run to make it 28-0 before Folsom scored on its first play of their next series, a 59-yard pass from Trosin to McMurtrey. The next time they had the ball, Folsom scored on its second play. After catching a 53-yard pass from Trosin, Muldrow scored on a 14-yard run. Folsom’s final score of the first half, a 29-yard pass to McMurtrey, completed a three-play drive. The Bulldogs’ longest scoring drive of the first half was seven plays. In Folsom’s seven scoring drives in the first half, the team ran 22 plays. “I’m happy with the way this one turned out,” Richardson said. “The offense did their thing and the defense played well with a shutout in the first half and that was great to see.” Muldrow added, “The defense showed it can play tonight. I think we played with a chip on our shoulder.” Rodney Ellison and Carter had fumble recoveries and Doug Vernon intercepted a pass. On special teams, Zach Van Meter also recovered a kick.