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Friday night football

Bulldogs' quick start lifts them over Trojans

By: Matt Long
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Three unanswered first quarter touchdowns by Folsom gave them a cushion that they enjoyed throughout the game in a 55-34 victory over Oak Ridge on Friday night. Folsom capped off the regular season as undisputed Delta River League champions with a 5-0 record, while posting a 9-1 mark overall. Oak Ridge won two of five league games and finished the regular season with a 7-3 record. Both teams will qualify for the playoffs with Folsom likely to host at least one game, while the Trojans will likely be on the road. Brackets will be released Saturday. Folsom dominated the first quarter and that was the difference in the game, as the Bulldogs had three touchdowns before the Oak Ridge picked up its second first down. Folsom quarterback Dano Graves lit up the Trojans, completing 18-of-30 passes for 403 yards and five touchdowns. Graves also ran for a touchdown, while Jordan Richards scored on touchdowns runs of 46 and 45 yards in the second half. Richards also caught one touchdown from Graves, as did Marcus Hendricks and Tyler Trosin, while Kori Babineaux scored on two passes from Graves. Folsom got on the board first with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Graves to Babineaux and the two later hooked up from 28 yards to make it 14-0. Graves then scored on a 1-yard run to make it 21-0 late in the first quarter. The rest of the game the teams traded touchdowns, both teams scoring 34 points. Ryan Adams scored Oak Ridge’s only touchdown of the first half on a five-yard run. Dustin Fretwell scored on the first play of the second half on an 89-yard touchdown pass from Will Tostenson and Jordan Matanane later took it in on a four-yard run. Tostenson hooked up with Dylan Collie and Willie Tucker for scores in the fourth quarter. “Our defense probably isn’t happy with how they played, but that’s a good offensive football team over there,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. “We knew they’d score some points on us, but we also knew we would score on them. I thought our defense played well early and our offense played well all game.” Despite the loss, Oak Ridge coach Eric Cavaliere had a positive outlook on the game. “You can’t spot a great team 21 points but our kids played hard for 48 minutes,” Cavaliere said. “Folsom’s a great team and they’re going to go far in the playoffs, but so are we.” Both coaches are looking forward to the playoffs, Richardson telling his team that it’s time to put the accomplishments of the regular season behind them, while Cavaliere and his staff were anxiously anticipating the playoffs as they look to end a nasty streak of first-round eliminations. JV Trojans 28, Folsom 7 Oak Ridge trailed at halftime, 7-6, but came out and took control of the game in the second half, cruising to a comfortable victory. Jason Samuels threw touchdown passes to Keaton Subjeck and Byron Spain, while Subjeck also had a touchdown run, as did Jericho Hallare. Taylor Miller-Wing scored Folsom’s touchdown. “We executed better in the second half and just played our game,” Oak Ridge coach Ron Short said. “We came out and unleashed it and played with heart. We finished the year 8-2 and were six points away from an undefeated season. It was a great season.” “It’s not the way we wanted to finish, but we had a good season with a 7-3 record,” Folsom coach Terry Richards said. “We want to get these guys ready for the varsity level and if we can win along with that than that’s great. These boys are ready for the next level.”