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Moving on easier said than done

Time will lessen hurt of 43-42 loss to Eagles
By: Matt Long
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A few days later the loss was still on Kris Richardson’s mind. Who could blame him, though? After his team led Del Oro 35-7 at halftime and up 42-21 early in the fourth quarter, it’s hard to image Folsom doing anything but winning, but that’s not how it worked out. Del Oro scored 22 points in the game’s final seven minutes to take the lead and Folsom’s 22-yard field goal as time expired was partially blocked and bounced off the crossbar and back onto the field of play to end the season. “I’m OK,” Richardson said Sunday afternoon. “I’m still thinking about it, but what can you do? Obviously, it’s not the end that we hoped for, but we’ll be back. “We were a step away from playing for a section championship,” Richardson continued. “After the game I talked to the seniors and for them to go 20-4 in their two seasons is nothing to shake a stick at. That’s the most successful senior class at Folsom in a long time. To the juniors, I want them to remember this feeling so they know for next year.” Folsom junior receivers Tyler Trosin and Kori Babineaux also still had the game in the back of their minds. “It hurts,” Trosin said. “It’s tough to get over it. It will probably take awhile. We had a good season even though we lost. I think the loss will drive us in the offseason to get better.” Babineaux added, “It’s sad, but I feel better now (Sunday) than I did Friday night. The only good thing about the loss is that it will teach us to finish games and that will definitely be a positive.” The Bulldogs not only missed a chance to play for a section title, but they had a great chance to win one. Rocklin, with their win over Grant, proved that any team could beat another at this point of the season. “I don’t think anyone gave Rocklin a chance to beat Grant so that proves that anything can happen when you get down to the end,” Richardson said. “At this point in the season you have to play mistake-free football and we didn’t do that. That’s part of high school football.” With most of their top players returning, the Bulldogs certainly figure to be on the short list of top teams in the Sacramento area next year. They’ll know where they’re at early as they travel to Grant to face the Pacers to start the season.