Jr. Bulldogs Jr. Midgets win championship

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The Folsom Jr. Bulldog Jr. Midgets were looking for revenge against Roseville on Saturday and they got it. Folsom avenged its only loss of the season, ripping the Jr. Tigers 28-6 to win the Sierra Youth Football and Cheer Division I championship. The Jr. Bulldog line dominated with a controlling offense that held the ball for more than three quarters of the game. Folsom scored on its first four possessions, two 13-play drives, a six-play drive and an 18-play drive, respectively. All the while the Jr. Bulldogs had a smothering defense that was typically on the field for no more than four plays. On the first drive behind the blocking of Jake Bienvenue, Jeff Smith, Austin Rothrock, Bryan Weldy, and Jack Fondale, the Jr. Bulldogs went 61 yards, capped off by a four-yard Cole Thompson touchdown run. The second drive, which was set up by a completely different set of blockers, Ryan Goodby, Frank Garland, Nick Patton, Tim Bonnington and Wayde Luddy, also dominated the Jr. Tigers and setup a five-yard run by Matt Jimison. After a quick score in the second quarter by the Jr. Tigers, EJ Turner, Folsom’s special teams and defensive specialist for the game, returned a kickoff 35 yards to the Jr. Tigers 29-yard line. This gave the Jr. Bulldogs, who came out with a third offensive line, a short field and Sam Whittingham immediately scored from four yards out behind the offensive line of Cody Creason, Tristan Botts, Kevin Gough, Sam Whitney and Grayson Jones. In the second half, the Jr. Bulldogs received the kick and proceeded to drive 65 yards, chewing up nearly the whole third quarter and finished with a four-yard touchdown run by Thompson. The defense led by Josiah Deguara, Conner Saxon, Regan Allgier, Nick Brown and Will McClure proceeded to shut down Roseville, who had only two first downs the whole game and a potential drive in the fourth quarter ended in a Jr. Bulldog interception by Tyler Crandall. “This championship game was completely dominated by our linemen up front in the trenches, and this group of kids just got better every week and did everything we asked all year long,” coach Curt Crandall said. “They’re very special and deserve this championship.”