Richardson proud to be part of team, school, community

By: Matt Long
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It was a storybook ending for a storybook season. The Bulldogs started the season getting soundly crushed by Grant on national television on ESPN2 and ended it with a state championship with a win over Serra coming after an equally impressive beating of Grant to win the Sac-Joaquin Section title, the football program’s first in 20 years. The win brought about the end of a long season and the team’s success was the culmination of an amazing amount of work put forth not only from the players, but also from the coaching staff as well. For head coach Kris Richardson, 41, it was as much a dream come true for him as it was his players. “It’s my biggest thrill of my football career,” Richardson said. “To beat Grant to win the section title was great, but I would say this one tops it. It’s an unbelievable feeling and very rewarding. I know I’ve put a lot of effort into it and my family has made sacrifices. All the coaches too. Jim (Noble) and I have been here the longest but all the other coaches have a part in this too.” Richardson said by winning the state title, it makes the 2010 Bulldog team one of the best teams all-time from the Sac-Joaquin Section. “This team has to go down as one of the best,” Richardson said. “I don’t know if anybody ever had a tougher road. We beat a good Roseville team and then beat 10-1 Vacaville and then undefeated Buhach Colony, undefeated Grant and undefeated Serra to win the state title. Along with that we beat Pleasant Grove during the season and they were the Division I section champs. That has to be one of the best runs any team has ever had. To be apart of that is extremely rewarding.” The Bulldogs did it with a great deal of support from the school and the Folsom community. Folsom fans had a seven-hour drive to the game and still had more fans, and louder fans, at the game than did Serra. That support didn’t go unnoticed to Richardson.“Folsom is one of the best schools around anyway and when you throw in a football state championship, why would you want to attend a private school rather than Folsom?” Richardson said. “From (Principal) Kathryn Allaman on down, it’s a great place to be. “As for the community, for as big as Folsom has grown, it still has a small-town feel and that’s what I like about it. I can’t think of a better place to live and raise a family. I peaked over my shoulder a few times and couldn’t believe how many people came down and how loud they were. Even in such a big stadium, they were loud and I thought that was great.”