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Rough life in Delta River League

Bulldogs need a big push to reach playoffs
By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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Folsom High boys’ basketball coach Frank Horwath is searching for answers. Friday night’s lackluster performance against Jesuit marked the third consecutive Delta River League loss for the Bulldogs and placed them at 2-5 in league play. The defeat sandwiched a pair of losses to the Marauders around another loss on Wednesday night at Pleasant Grove, whom the Bulldogs beat in the league opener on Jan. 12 at Folsom. Folsom cut a 22-point lead down to just seven with a little over a minute to play, but could not complete the comeback and season sweep of Pleasant Grove as the Eagles held on for a 69-57 win. “We’ve been preaching for two weeks that we’re fighting for our playoff lives. There’s a tradition of being in the playoffs and being successful in the playoffs at Folsom High. I’m just looking for great effort and energy from all of our guys,” said Horwath, who had his Bulldogs seeded 17th in Monday’s power rankings. Last year’s Folsom team reached the postseason with a 5-5 league record. The Bulldogs would likely need to win out a vigorous remaining final three games to have a chance at repeating that success. The final stretch of the season begins on Wednesday as they hit the road to play Ponderosa (0-6 in league), whom the Bulldogs crushed, 73-52, on Jan. 26. Friday at Oak Ridge (3-4 DRL) won’t be an easy task as the Trojans have defeated Folsom twice this year but have struggled as of late, losing four straight. The regular season concludes on Feb. 18 at home against No. 1-area ranked Sheldon (7-0 in league). “If we were to win out and get in, I think we would be a higher seed than last year’s playoff team based on the strength of the teams we play,” Horwath said. “That would show that we’ve turned the corner and are playing very good ball and I would be very excited about that.”