Bulldogs open playoffs at home Friday

By: Matt Long
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It’s been another great regular season for Folsom High’s football team. The Bulldogs completed their second straight 9-1 regular season on Friday, finishing with a 63-28 win over Sheldon, and now it’s on to the playoffs. For the first time in recent memory, the Bulldogs will host a playoff game when Woodcreek, 4-6 on the season, comes to Prairie City Stadium on Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The Bulldogs are also looking for their first playoff win in a long time, especially after losing their last two playoff games in the first round in 2008 and 2006. On paper, it’s a game the Bulldogs should win. Woodcreek has a losing record, but it’s the two big wins against 9-1 Del Campo (27-23) and 8-2 Del Oro (16-9) that should keep the Bulldogs grounded. “Woodcreek has two big wins over top powerhouse teams and that’s good because our guys will be more focused, prepared and ready to go,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. “I’m sure Woodcreek will be billed as giant killers so we’ll be ready for them.” The Timberwolves are predominately a running team, built around running back James Nunley, who has rushed for 1,457 yards and 12 touchdowns on the year, averaging nearly seven yards a carry. Quarterback Matt Mazzuca has completed 49 percent of his passes for 868 yards and seven touchdowns against eight interceptions. “They’re built around Nunley and I guess he’s been banged up lately, but I’m sure he’ll play against us,” Richardson said. “He’s probably one of the better backs we’ve seen this year so that will be the challenge on defense. Woodcreek’s fundamentally sound on defense, physical and do a good job of running to the ball.” The Bulldogs are coming off a big win over Sheldon on Friday, a game combined with the overtime win over Pleasant Grove the previous week, which should have the Bulldogs feeling pretty good about themselves heading into Friday’s game. Dano Graves had his best game statistically in a few weeks, as he completed 24-of-30 passes for 466 yards and three scores. He also rushed for 75 yards and four touchdowns. Tyler Trosin caught 11 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns, while Jordan Richards scored two touchdowns, on receiving and one rushing. Defensively, the Bulldogs allowed Sheldon touchdowns on its first four possessions, but shut them out the rest of the game. The win gave the Bulldogs their first piece of the Delta River League championship, as they joined the junior varsity and freshman teams, who also earned parts of league titles. In the junior varsity game, Folsom lost to Sheldon 21-7 to finish tied for first in the Delta River League with a 4-1 record, the same record as the Huskies and Jesuit. Folsom couldn’t do much on offense, managing only one touchdown on a pass from Stevie Johnson to Carson McMurtrey. “It just wasn’t a good night,” Folsom coach Matt Navone said. “We were banged up and had some injuries and then we have other guys playing on the varsity, so it’s just not the same team we had a few weeks ago. We fought hard, though, and are co-champs of the league. The kids are disappointed, but I’m really proud of them. It’s a talented group that loves to play football.” Folsom finished the season with an 8-2 record. The Folsom Bulldog freshman football team traveled to Sheldon for the last game of the season on Thursday night. The Bulldogs were determined to avenge their first and only loss of the season last week and tore into the Huskies for a 42-6 rout. Jason Samuels threw for five touchdowns, the first two to Phillip Carter, and then connected with Trace Noble, Hunter Hast and Marshall Marquez for one each. The final Bulldog touchdown, and only rushing score, came late in the game on a 28-yard scamper from Hast. The Bulldog defense, dominant all season long, kept to their game plan and shut down the Huskies. Folsom allowed only one touchdown and a handful of first downs. Derek Stiles and Quincy Capel led the team in tackles and Aaron Triest and Zack Bodnar each contributed a sack. The Bulldogs regained the ball on an interception from Noble and fumble recoveries from Capel and Dalton Bledsoe.