Town turns out to honor Bulldogs

By: Margaret Snider Telegraph Correspondent
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The Folsom Bulldogs gathered with cheerleaders and proud supporters of the Bulldog Nation to celebrate with a parade in Folsom’s Historic District. Saturday was clear, sunny and warm as the parade launched at Leidesdorff up Reading, down two blocks of Sutter Street, and down Wool Street back to Leidesdorff. “(It’s) just to show how proud we are of our boys, how well they’ve done this whole season,” said Folsom High School Athletic Director Lisa Finley. “They did just win the Division II championship. So it was really just to celebrate that and all their hard work, and the coaches, too.” Throngs of fans came out to lend their support, lining the path of the parade and cheering and clapping as the team passed by. “It’s phenomenal,” said Helen Gallo, mother of Kenny Enstrom, an offensive lineman. “They’ve done a fantastic year and we’re excited about going to state.” Angela Graves looks forward to the state bowl, too. She is mother of quarterback and News 10 High School Football Player of the Year Dano Graves, who stopped to hug her as he passed by in the parade. “My other son plays at the University of Hawaii,” said Graves. “We’re flying him in just for the game. The whole family is coming.” Twelve-year-old Farah Sallam watched the parade with her mother, Rasha Essa, grandmother Nabila El Korashy, and her baby brother. She will be attending Folsom High School year after next. “I’ve been hearing the news from my friends at school,” said Sallam. The family have lived in Folsom only since June. “I got an e-mail and I just told her let’s go and check that (out),” said Essa. Allen Warrington cheered on the parade with his daughter, Abbi. “I used to go to Folsom High,” said Warrington. “We pretty much go to all the Bulldog and high school stuff that we can. At least one of my daughters is going down south for the game, too.” The parade started out with the colors, followed by dignitaries in shiny black Mercedes convertibles supplied by Mercedes Benz of El Dorado Hills. The CIS Division Section Champs sign and the Bulldog flag waved vigorously in the air. Behind them came the football team members on foot, accompanied by television cameras. The team was followed by a troop of cheerleaders, Folsom Fire Department trucks and EMS van. Folsom Police pulled Santa’s sleigh and reindeers, Rudolph out in front. Folsom Telegraph Sports Editor Matt Long rode on one of the convertibles. “They’re obviously a really good team,” Long said before the parade started. “Great quarterback, great skill players, good offensive line and solid defense. They won the section title, so it’s been a great season for them.” * * * Up next for the Bulldogs Division II state championship game vs. the Serra Cavaliers, 3:30 p.m., Saturday, The Home Depot Center, Carson, CA