Sheldon up next for Bulldogs

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Everything points to a blowout victory for Folsom on Friday night in a Delta River League contest against Sheldon. The Bulldogs are 2-0 in league play with wins over Oak Ridge and Jesuit, while the Huskies are 0-2, having lost to Pleasant Grove and Oak Ridge. Five days ago the Trojans throttled the Huskies, 63-7, one week after the Bulldogs did the same to the Trojans, 49-21. It’s that line of thinking, however, that Folsom has to avoid. Folsom coach Kris Richardson knows that it’s a game his team should win, but they still have to show up and get the job done. “Sheldon is a young team that has had to replace a lot of good players, especially at receiver and on the defensive line,” Richardson said. “They’ve struggled the last couple of weeks, but they’ve played Pleasant Grove and Oak Ridge, who are two of the better teams in the section. I think if we play well we should win, but we’ve got to show up and play.” The Bulldogs looked sharp in the first half against Jesuit on Saturday, leading 35-7 at the break, but lost their mojo defensively in the second half when they allowed the Marauders to score four touchdowns. If they play like that on Friday, they could be in trouble. “We got too lax in the second half against Jesuit and gave up some big plays,” Richardson said. “We’ve got to be sure that doesn’t happen again. It’s going to be a challenge for our defense. Sheldon’s got some good speed and good athletes and a running back that’s up there near 1,000 yards rushing so they’re obviously doing something right. Our defense has to prove that the second half Saturday was a bad effort.” Folsom 56, Jesuit 35 Jake Browning threw six touchdown passes and ran for another in Folsom’s win over Jesuit. Browning completed his first 17 passes and Folsom worked up a comfortable 35-7 lead at halftime before the teams traded scores in the second half and Jesuit narrowed the gap to 21 by the end of the game. “Offensively, we scored on every possession but one so our execution was fantastic,” Richardson said. “Defensively, we gave up some big plays in the second half and that has to be fixed, but anytime you come to Jesuit on a Saturday afternoon and get a win I’ll take it.” Jesuit took a 6-0 lead on the game’s first play from scrimmage with a 51-yard touchdown pass from Thomas Sperbeck to Jason Elenberger, but other than Andrew Endicott’s extra point and ensuing long kickoff into the end zone, there was little for the Jesuit faithful to cheer for in the first half. Take away the final seconds of the first half after they had stopped Jesuit inside the 20-yard line, Folsom scored every time they had the ball. Folsom’s first score came on a one-yard run by Browning. Bailey Laolagi scored next on a three-yard run and the Bulldogs led 14-7 after one quarter. Browning threw three touchdown passes in the second quarter, the first two to Troy Knox from nine and 23 yards and the third to Rodney Ellison from 23 yards. Sperbeck had a great second half with four rushing touchdowns, but the Marauders’ defense still had no answer for the Bulldogs. Browning threw three more touchdowns in the third quarter to Lucas Owan (13 yards), Dean Wightman (eight yards) and Harry Lipnosky (seven yards). The junior varsity Bulldogs extended their unbeaten streak to seven games, but didn’t get the win, as the Bulldogs and Marauders tied at 19. Lukas Hendricks pounced on a Sam Whittingham fumble for Folsom’s first score early in the second quarter and Calvin Gardner found Cole Thompson from 35 yards for Folsom’s second score with 1:08 to play in the half, but the team failed on both conversions and that partly cost the team the victory. The extra point attempt following Hendricks’ score was missed and the two-point conversion after Thompson’s score was stopped short of the goal line. Jesuit scored right before the half to cut Folsom’s lead to 12-7. Bryan Weldy took a Gardner pass in the flat and turned it into a 69-yard touchdown pass midway in the third quarter and Wyatt Watson’s extra point gave Folsom a 19-7 lead. The Marauders, however, scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to tie the game at 19, before missing the extra point on their final score. The Bulldogs had one last chance to win the game, but had a touchdown called back on a penalty and the drive ended up stalling at the Jesuit 40-yard line.