Last-minute theatrics save Folsom

Bulldogs come from behind to beat Deer Valley
By: Matt Long/Folsom Telegraph Sports Editor
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Facing a fourth-and-15 from the Deer Valley 39-yard line with 1:44 to play, the Bulldogs needed a first down or they would have lost their first game to a team other than Grant since 2009. The Bulldogs only needed 15 yards and a few inches for a first down to keep the drive, and their chances of winning, alive, but in true Folsom style, the Bulldogs went for the score and came through when they needed it most. Tanner Trosin spotted J’Juan Muldrow with a step on the defender and wasted no time in delivering the ball deep down the middle of the field. Muldrow dove for it and held on, falling into the end zone for the score which gave Folsom a 47-46 lead with 1:35 to play, while sending the team into hysterics. Trosin then completed a two-point conversion pass to Troy Knox to increase the lead to 49-46. Deer Valley made it down to Folsom’s 27-yard line with no timeouts before the play clock ran out. “When I was told the play, I knew it was coming to me,” Muldrow said. “I motioned out and once I wasn’t re-routed at the line I knew I was getting it. I was worried because I clipped my heel with a defender and had to dive but I held on to it.” Trosin said he had no doubts the play would work. “I knew he (J’Juan) would be there,” said Trosin, who passed for a school record 589 yards, completing 33-of-48 passes, five for touchdowns and also scored on a run. “I looked off the safety and came back to him and he was wide open. I knew he was going to catch it.” Trosin said despite the team’s precarious position, he was confident in the offense’s ability to come through in the clutch. “We’re confident on every down,” Trosin said. “We always stay positive. We knew we could come back and win and to do it showed a lot of heart.” The exciting win even had Folsom coach Kris Richardson shaking his head after the game. “We have great confidence in our offense and with our quarterback and skill guys and we always say that if we protect our quarterback we can’t be stopped,” he said. “We keep taking shots. Tanner made the throw on a line and J’Juan made a great catch. It’s all about manipulating coverages and Tanner saw what the defense had and went for Mojo.” The thrilling win, of course, didn’t have to be so thrilling, but for the second straight week the Folsom defense had trouble stopping the opponent. Tied at 20 at the halftime, Folsom gave up a kickoff return for a touchdown to start the third quarter before scoring twice to open up a 34-26 lead. The teams traded touchdowns before Deer Valley scored twice in a three-minute span in the fourth quarter, the final score coming with 3:12 to play in the game, to take a 46-41 lead. “We’re not stopping anyone right now, but when we have the ball we always have a chance,” Richardson said. Muldrow ended the game with 10 catches for 251 yards and three touchdowns and he also had a rushing touchdown. Knox hauled in 14 passes for 248 yards and one score, by far his best game of the three he’s played at the varsity level. “Troy might only be a sophomore but I look at him as a varsity football player,” Richardson said. “He’s flat out a player and he’s got a great future. He played his butt off tonight.” Folsom JV 24, Deer Valley 0 Mike McCuaig caught a pair of touchdown passes, one from Nathan Whitfield and another from Taylor Petersen and Whitfield threw a second touchdown to Tommy Noble as Folsom rolled to a 24-0 win. Ben Trumm also booted a 28-yard field goal in the win. Folsom rebounded in a big way coming off a disappointing effort against Roseville. “What the challenge was last week in practice was that we told them there were no starters and the guys who work hard and pay attention would get a shot,” Folsom coach Terry Richards said. “That brought energy and enthusiasm in the lineup and the guys worked their tails off and you see what results you get.”