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Bulldogs come from behind to upset Elk Grove 42-28

Face Vacaville for Division II section title
By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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A 14-0 deficit didn’t faze Folsom High’s varsity football team Friday night, as the Bulldogs came from behind to beat Elk Grove 42-28 to advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship game. The Bulldogs will defend their title at 7:30 p.m. next Saturday against Vacaville, which beat top-seeded Buhach Colony, 27-17, in the other semifinal matchup. J’Juan Muldrow scored four touchdowns, the biggest coming on a 70-yard punt return in the third quarter to give the Bulldogs a 35-21 lead. He caught two touchdown passes from Tanner Trosin and also scored on a touchdown run. Trosin threw three touchdowns and also scored on a run, while Folsom’s defense played well for most of the game, led by an interception and fumble recovery from Rodney Ellison and a fumble recovery from Mark Meyer. Folsom capitalized on two of the three turnovers with touchdowns and had there been a few more seconds on the clock before the half, likely would have done the same with the third. “It was a crappy start to a game with 65 yards in penalties in our first two drives,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson told his team after the game, “but way to stick with it, flip it around and score 42 points on a team that hasn’t given up many points this season. I have great respect for Elk Grove; they’re a damn good football team, but so are you.” Trailing 14-0 after one quarter, there was no panic in the Bulldogs. Folsom drove the ball 96 yards for its first score, which came on a five-yard pass from Trosin to Carson McMurtrey. Folsom converted on two long third-down plays, third and 12 and third and 14, on passes to Muldrow and McMurtrey, respectively, to keep the drive alive. While the 14-0 deficit after one quarter might have seemed daunting, Trosin didn’t let it bother him. “We just had to shake it off,” he said. “We’ve been down before. We just turned it up a notch like we’ve been doing all season.” A Bulldog defensive stand got them the ball back at their own 31, but this time it only took them six plays to even the score, as Trosin hooked up with Muldrow from 17 yards. Meyer recovered an Elk Grove fumble on the next drive and five plays later Muldrow scored on a five-yard run to put the Bulldogs ahead 21-14 with 1:03 to play in the half. Elk Grove moved the ball to the Folsom 24 before Ellison intercepted a pass in the end zone to end the scoring threat. Folsom quickly worked the ball to the Elk Grove 26 before time ran out in the half. The Herd opened the second half with a long scoring drive, but Folsom dominated the rest of the quarter with two scores. Folsom took the lead for good with a 14-yard pass from Trosin to Muldrow. The Folsom defense then forced Elk Grove to punt and Muldrow returned it 70 yards to give the Bulldogs some breathing room, 35-21, late in the third quarter. The Herd scored one last time, making it 35-28 with 8:44 to play, but after Folsom’s offense was stopped, Ellison recovered an Elk Grove fumble, which led to the final scoring drive which sealed the victory, as Trosin scored on a five-yard run with 2:31 to play. “The defense just came together and stopped the run tonight,” Ellison said. “Everyone filled their gaps. It felt good to help get the offense back out on the field.” Trosin also praised the defense. “The defense stepped up like crazy,” said Trosin, who also played safety on several series. “Coach (Max) Miller got us crazy ready and we were able to get key stops.”