Delta River League MVP
Jake Browning - QB
Delta River League Offensive MVP
Will McClure - WR
Delta River League Defensive MVP
Rodney Ellison - LB
Co-DRL Lineman of the Year
Cody Creason & Sam Whitney
1st Team All League
Troy Knox – WR
Josiah Deguara - WR
Eddie Flores – LB
2nd Team All League
Ben Trumm – K
Calvin Gardner – DB
Bailey Laolagi – LB
Mike McCuaig – DB
Cole Thompson – DB
Lukas Hendricks – DE
Bryan Weldy - RB
Tommy Farrell – OL
Nick Bolling – OL
Will Koch – OL
Parker Boone -WR
Jerod Nooner – DL
Jake Morgado – DB
Austin Badger – DL
Justin Badger - DL
Browning passes for five touchdowns, runs for two more to lead Folsom over Oak Ridge
By Joe Davidson
Jake Browning whisks away football accolades like so many snowflakes off his coat. Sort of like the elements that pelted residents up Highway 50 on a blustery, frigid Friday.
The Folsom High School junior quarterback points to his linemen, the sturdy guys in the trenches, and his dizzying array of skill players for what he deems “team awards.”
Time to log one more achievement and clear some space in a fast-filling trophy case for one of the powerhouse programs in the Sac-Joaquin Section.
In bitingly cold but dry conditions at Sacramento State, Browning continued his sizzling season on Saturday night, passing for 323 yards and five touchdowns, four to Troy Knox. Browning also ran for two scores to steer a 49-17 triumph of Oak Ridge for the Division I championship that carries a great deal more than regional bragging rights.
Already the state record holder for touchdown passes in a season, Browning hiked that total to 75. He also set a record with 5,416 passing yards. All this coming two days after he was named the Gatorade State Player of the Year.
“It’s my line and players,” Browning said. “Troy Knox runs routes in his sleep.”
Ranked No. 3 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports and No. 2 in Northern California by MaxPreps, Folsom will draw a familiar foe next week. The Bulldogs are expected to face state No. 1 De La Salle of Concord in next Saturday’s NorCal Open game at a venue to be determined today.
De La Salle is the one team that NorCal opponents can’t seem to solve as it has gone unbeaten against such competition since 1991, a stretch of 250 games. De La Salle has won the last 22 North Coast Section Division I titles, including Saturday with a 49-17 rout of California-San Ramon.
Folsom is 28-1 in the past two seasons, the best regional showing since Elk Grove went 27-1 with back-to-back D-I section titles in 1997 and ’98. That was in the pre-Bowl era. The lone loss for Folsom was to De La Salle in last season’s NorCal Open.
“They’re a great program,” Folsom co-coach Kris Richardson said. “I know we’ll give it everything we’ve got.”
The Bulldogs have won three section titles since 2010 and five overall. This marks the program’s second section title repeat, matching the 1989 and ’90 teams under coach Tom Doherty, who sat proudly in the press box in a decades-old Folsom coaching jacket, hugging and high-fiving old players from his teams throughout. He hired Richardson while serving as the Folsom athletic director, and Richardson last year elevated Troy Taylor to co-coach, making for a potent 1-2 coaching punch.
Taylor works with Browning and the offense, and Richardson supervises the offensive line, the unsung group headed by Cody Creason, Will Koch, Nick Bolling, Tommy Farrell and Jerod Nooner. Lou Baiz is the defensive coordinator whose unit stood tall against an Oak Ridge team that features balance and skill.
Two second-half sacks and swarming run defense kept Oak Ridge at arm’s length.
Oak Ridge (12-2) players said this week that the only way to stall Folsom is to “disrupt the system.” The Trojans rattled that system just slightly early when Drew Lackowski intercepted Browning in the corner of the end zone to end Folsom’s first drive. Lackowski had two interceptions of Browning in a 35-0 loss to Folsom in a Delta River League opener.
Browning did not turn it over again as he dazzled with precision throws, throws on the run and superb game management. He hit Knox, the all-time career receiver in Northern California, nine times for 150 yards.
Knox has eclipsed 1,000 yards in each of his three varsity seasons. And in a show of depth, Folsom overcame the loss of its only two-way starters – running back-linebacker Bailey Laolagi and lineman Sam Whitney. Both juniors were on crutches on the sideline after suffering knee injuries against Jesuit in the semifinals. Both hope to play against De La Salle.
Browning sets state record for most touchdown passes in a season
By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
After two playoff games, the Bulldogs are back in familiar territory.
A convincing 49-16 win over Franklin Friday night has advanced the Bulldogs to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinals where three other Delta River League teams remain. The Bulldogs will play host to Jesuit next Friday, while Oak Ridge will host Pleasant Grove on the other side of the bracket.
The good news for the Bulldogs is that they’ve beaten all three teams by a combined score of 154-53. The difficult part is they will have to beat two of those teams again, which usually is more difficult the second time around.
Folsom coach Troy Taylor warned his players of the rematch with Jesuit minutes after the win over Franklin.
“Be ready for Jesuit,” Taylor said. “Don’t think it’s the same team you saw a few weeks ago. They’re going to be thinking about you the entire bus ride home (from the 49-28 win over Tracy) and all week long.”
Folsom defeated the Marauders 56-14 on Oct. 18.
The Bulldogs had little trouble reaching the semis, as they controlled Franklin from the start. Jake Browning threw six touchdown passes, setting a state record with 68 touchdown passes this season. Will McClure and Josiah Deguara each caught two TD passes, while Troy Knox and Parker Boone caught one. Jake Jeffrey also scored on a touchdown run.
“The record means we put up a lot of points,” Browning said. “It’s everybody. The coaches prepare us with the plays and a game plan. The line blocks, the receivers catch it and the offense executes. It’s pretty easy to throw touchdowns when everyone blocks for me.”
While Browning deflected much praise for the record to his teammates, they gave it back to him.
“The record is crazy,” Knox said. “I’ve played with Jake since fifth grade and I’ve seen him grow. I couldn’t be happier for him.”
Even his teammates on the other side of the ball were happy for him.
“Jake’s awesome,” senior linebacker Rodney Ellison said. “He shows that everyday at practice. He works hard. He’s the best around.”
The coaching staff was also impressed by Browning’s record, but like Browning, credited the entire team.
“It’s everybody’s record,” Taylor said. “The defense gets us the ball. The offensive line protects and the receivers catch. It’s an incredible accomplishment.”
Kris Richardson added, “Jake’s incredible. He obviously plays a big part in the record, but there’s 10 other bodies out there too. It’s a great accomplishment.”
Folsom’s defense also played a strong game against Franklin. Mike McCuaig and Cole Thompson had interceptions, while Justin Badger recovered a fumble. Jake Morgado also recovered a fumble on a kickoff return.
“We stopped the run and waited for them the throw the deep ball,” Ellison said. “We didn’t try to do too much.”
Taylor added, “The defense did a great job containing them and stopping them from throwing the ball down the field. They’re improving and that’s what you like to see this time of year.”
Now the Bulldogs must prepare to face the Marauders.
“I’m excited for Jesuit,” Richardson said. “It’s always fun to play league opponents, including Pleasant Grove and Oak Ridge. It’s not easy to beat a team twice.”
The Folsom freshman football team concluded their season with a 50-22 win over Ponderosa on Thursday.
The victory clinched the Delta River League Championship outright for the Bulldogs. The game was a continuation of the recent trend of dominating performances. The Bulldogs scored on running plays, passing plays, recorded a safety, recovered fumbles and recovered a pooch kickoff.
“We reminded the boys that they would be off for six months so having a good memory to fall back on was the goal,” Folsom coach Terry Richards said.
After falling behind 8-0 on a Ponderosa touchdown pass, the Bulldogs scored the next 30 points.
“We settled down got on a roll and did what we do – score points and play defense,” Richards said. “Just as important, we were able to play every player significant plays and everyone responded with great effort and enthusiasm.”
Looking back upon the season, the Bulldogs compiled a 7-2 record. The highlights included a fourth-quarter comeback win on the road against San Ramon Valley High School, a comeback victory over main rival Oak Ridge at home and dominating road wins against Woodcreek, Granite Bay and Lodi. The lowlights centered around the injuries.
“It was both a difficult and rewarding season,” said Richards. “We fought an injury bug that started during the summer, such that we were never at full strength. That fact makes it difficult to get into a rhythm as a group. However, it provides multiple opportunities for players to step up and perform. As a result of all in the injuries, this group is the strongest group I’ve had from player one to 45 because they had to be. We played the toughest schedule that I can remember in my seven years and every player on the roster, at points during the season, had significant roles and in every instance they rose to the occasion. This is a great group of young men, who if they work like those before them, will ensure Folsom’s continued success.”
In a 35-0 win last Friday over No. 6 Oak Ridge, Folsom quarterback Jake Browning had an off night - for him.
The talented junior and state touchdown leader passed for 362 yards and three touchdowns, but he also was intercepted four times.
Browning was back on target on Friday night at home in leading the Bulldogs (7-0, 2-0) to a 56-14 Delta River League homecoming win against No. 11 Jesuit (6-1, 1-1).
The junior threw for five touchdowns, giving him 38 for the season, rushed for another and did not throw an interception as the Bulldogs beat an undefeated team for the second week in a row. Oak Ridge was 5-0 coming into last week's league opener.
Browning completed 15 of 16 passes in leading Folsom (7-0, 2-0) to a 42-14 halftime lead. He finished 29 of 36 for 443 yards.
Josiah Deguara had nine catches for 128 yards and two touchdowns; Will McClure four catches for 135 yards and a touchdown; and Troy Knox seven catches for 85 yards and was selected homecoming king.
Jason Elenberger threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Bailey, sophomore Beau Bisharat scored on a 24-yard run and Austin Gates had nine tackles to lead Jesuit (6-1, 1-1).
The Folsom win was its 46th in the last 51 games dating back to the 2010 season in which the Bulldogs lost their opener to Grant, avenged that loss to the Pacers in the D-II section finals, then beat Serra of Gardena for the CIF State Bowl title.
Folsom, ranked No. 3 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports, will play Friday at Sheldon.
By Joe Davidson
A year ago, Will McClure was so far at the end of the bench, you needed a spotter with binoculars to locate him.
Now, he stands tall as a glowing example of perseverance and pride.
The Folsom High School wide receiver managed one game of action last fall, catching two passes for 13 yards as he mostly watched a prolific machine hum to a 14-1 season. McClure these days is quite prolific himself, and he had a hand in the top-ranked Bulldogs' 35-0 rout of No. 4 Oak Ridge in a Delta River League opener at Prairie City Stadium on Friday night.
McClure had 172 yards on nine receptions and slammed the door on the Trojans with a spectacular 33-yard diving touchdown catch from Jake Browning to cap the scoring.
Browning completed 27 of 39 passes for 362 yards and three touchdowns, giving him 33 this season. He scrambled on a highlight play to hit Bryan Weldy for a 28-yard score, found Josiah Deguara for a 58-yard scoring strike and capped it with a bullet to McClure.
Browning is the humble star of the program, a rising recruit who is quick to dole out credit to his line, backs, receivers and defense.
Folsom co-coaches Kris Richardson and Troy Taylor said star power is always nice, sure, but it is overachievers such as McClure who make Folsom a championship program. McClure is the nephew of UCLA line coach and former Sacramento State standout lineman Angus McClure. Unlike his Hammerhead uncle, Will McClure has a skill player's body at 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds, and an admirable work ethic.
"Will's the hardest-working guy on the team," Richardson said. "After we ended last year with the loss to De La Salle (in the NorCal Open game), on that next Monday, Will was out there pulling tires on the field. I'd be pulling away from school, it's raining, and there's Will, all by himself, on the field running routes. ... He's done amazing things this year."
So has the Bulldogs' unsung defense under coordinator Lou Baiz, the former Sac State assistant coach who has unleashed an attacking, opportunistic unit. The Bulldogs (6-0, 1-0 DRL) batted down four passes, three by defensive end Lukas Hendricks. Other stoppers included lineman Sam Whitney and linebacker Eddie Flores. Defensive backs Mike McCuaig and Parker Boone knocked down passes. Even the special-teams unit sparkled with Jerod Nooner blocking a field-goal attempt.
And this was against a superb outfit in Oak Ridge (5-1, 0-1) that has wins over ranked teams Rocklin, Franklin and Grant.
Oak Ridge coach Eric Cavaliere heaped praise on Folsom this week for seamlessly plugging in new faces, such as McClure or Cole Thompson, who opened the game with an 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The Trojans picked off Browning five times, two by Drew Lackowski, but Folsom's defense refused to let Oak Ridge capitalize.
"Impressive," Cavaliere said of Folsom in general. "Maybe what's most impressive is the string of quality teams it has put together now for the past six or seven years. They really have it rolling.
"And defensively, they have made some big strides. Their scheme is very solid, and they play aggressive, disciplined football."
By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
Jake Browning threw six touchdowns passes, four to Will McClure, as Folsom rolled to a 49-21 victory over Monterey Trail Friday night.
The win improved Folsom’s record to 5-0 and brought an end to the Bulldogs’ non-league schedule. The team has a bye next week before opening Delta River League play at home against 5-0 Oak Ridge on Oct. 11.
“The offense executed incredibly well and the defense, after their first score, shut them down,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. “We also had great special teams by recovering an onside kick. It was a great first half of football and in the second half it was good to get everyone in the game.”
McClure scored Folsom’s first three touchdowns on passes from Browning from 15, eight and seven yards, as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 21-7 lead. After his third touchdown, the Bulldogs attempted an onside kick and Ben Trumm’s boot was recovered by Cole Thompson.
The recovery set up Bailey Laolagi’s 11-yard touchdown run, which ended the first quarter with the Bulldogs well in control, 28-7.
McClure later intercepted a pass in the end zone that led to Browning’s fourth touchdown pass of the game, this one to Lukas Hendricks. Another interception, this one by Parker Boone, led to McClure’s fourth touchdown reception and made the halftime score 42-7.
Folsom opened the second half with a Browning-to-Boone scoring pass. Monterey Trail added two more scores, but the game was well in hand.
“We didn’t execute (defensively) as well as we thought we would,” Folsom linebacker Eddie Flores said. “We made a lot mental errors that we need to fix.”
By Bill Paterson
Folsom High School has had a spirited rivalry with San Ramon Valley of Danville the last three years.
The Wolves have a potent offense and play in the highest division of the North Coast Section. Among their rivals is national powerhouse De La Salle of Concord.
So Bee top-ranked Folsom, the defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division II champions and CIF Northern California Open Division Bowl runners-up, were put to the test Friday night in Danville - at least during the first half.
The Bulldogs, ranked No. 2 behind De La Salle in Northern California by Maxpreps.com, needed another strong game by junior Jake Browning to overcome the Wolves 67-36.
Leading 22-21 late in the second quarter, San Ramon Valley couldn't keep pace with the Bulldogs's fast-paced, no huddle spread offense.
Browning finished with eight touchdowns and completed 37 of 48 passes for 596 yards.
Will McClure had eight catches for 236 yards and two touchdowns. Bailey Laolagi caught two touchdown passes and also rushed for a score. Ben Trumm added a 40-yard field goal.
Prep roundup: Browning throws seven TDs in No. 1 Folsom's rout of Roseville; Book passes No. 4 Oak Ridge over Franklin
By Bill Paterson
It wasn't that long ago that nationally ranked Folsom High School was trying to get to the elite status of area powers Grant, Granite Bay and Del Oro.
There were four mediocre seasons before the Bulldogs went 9-2 and lost by three points to Napa in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs in 2008. The next year Folsom went 11-2 and made it to the D-II semifinals before losing a heartbreaker by a point to Del Oro.
Since then, the Bulldogs have climbed to the top of the heap.
They have gone a combined 42-5 won a CIF State Bowl title, two section banners and last year played in the inaugural NorCal Open Division championship against vaunted De La Salle of Concord.
After Jake Browning threw for seven touchdowns in Friday's 56-23 win in Folsom over No. 11 Roseville, the Bulldogs are 3-0 this season, ranked 16th nationally, No. 8 in California, No. 2 in Northern California and No. 1 by The Bee.
They are strong candidates to repeat as section champions and return to the CIF NorCal Open Division playoff.
So what gives? What put Folsom over the hump four years ago?
"We were so close those two years with David Graves and then Dano's (Graves) junior season," Folsom co-coach Kris Richardson said of the 2008 and 2009 seasons. "We were winning nine games during the regular season....and just getting closer and closer each time.
"But when we finally got that section championship and that state championship (in 2010), now the mentality was set. Winning is kind of expected now and the bar has been set. We've got a good thing going."
Do they ever.
On Friday, Folsom dominated on both sides of the ball against a Roseville team riding high after knocking off Cosumnes Oaks and No. 13 Rio Linda the first two weeks.
Browning completed 22 of 32 passes for 348 yards. His seven touchdowns, four of which went to Will McClure (eight catches, 162 yards), was a season high. He now has 16.
Defensively, the Bulldogs had seven sacks (2 1/2 each by Lukas Hendricks and Sam Whitney) and an interception by Mike McCuaig and held the Tigers to minus 10 yards rushing.
It doesn't hurt that Richardson and co-coach Troy Taylor run a sophisticated spread offense that seems to get more potent each season.
But the biggest change has been on defense.
Whereas Folsom defenders once were viewed as soft and poor tackles, they now have a punch-you-in-the-kisser toughness under defensive coordinator Lou Baiz, the former Sac State assistant.
"When you're working in the weight room, it's only going to help you with open field tackling and rallying to the football," Richardson said. "Then you have someone like Lou who puts our players in great positions schematically. That's a deadly combination."
Roseville's Kyle Downie was 10 of 17 for 125 yards and a 10-yard touchdown to Jonathan Lopez (six catches, 106 yards)
By Joe Davison
This is hardly a one-man show brewing, though quarterbacks do tend to garner the headlines at Folsom High School.
The top-ranked Bulldogs have unleashed another passer to behold in Jake Browning, and the junior sparkled again Friday night against No. 2 Granite Bay in a playoff-like setting in Placer County.
Browning, as poised as he is prolific, passed for 242 yards and two touchdowns to steer a 30-14 triumph, but it was his unsung support crew that has made this another prospective championship team. The offensive line, revamped after last year's 14-1 march to the NorCal Open Bowl, has allowed one sack in two games, and Browning was not touched in this one despite facing a fierce defense that is headed by college recruit linebackers in Dylan Keeney and Cameron Smith. Those players had their moments with a blocked point-after touchdown and an interception, but the night belonged to the Bulldogs, who won all phases of the game.
The offensive line of Nick Bolling, Austin Rothrock, Sam Whitney, Tommy Farrell and Koch Will earned game balls for ensuring time-consuming drives with a running game. Bailey Laolagi rushed for 121 yards and scored on a 1-yard run.
And the Bulldogs defense stood tall again under defensive coordinator Lou Baiz, highlighted by Calvin Gardner's 71-yard interception return on a fourth-down pass to open the scoring. It was a complete effort against the top two teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section who are ranked No. 2 and 3 in Northern California behind De La Salle by MaxPreps and are top 10 teams in the state.
"The offensive line has really stepped up," Browning said. "With a line like that, I have all the time in the world. They deserve a lot of credit, and so does the defense."
The game has deeper meaning than just immediate regional bragging rights. Section title teams from this region expect NorCal title berths, such as Folsom reaching the prestigious Open game where it fell to eventual national No. 1 De La Salle of Concord. Granite Bay rolled St. Ignatius of San Francisco in the Division I NorCal finals, thrusting it into the state finals in Carson, where the Grizzlies beat Long Beach Poly.
This meeting was a preview of when they will be Sierra Foothill League members next season with realignment.
Browning, a junior, had touchdown passes of 12 and 13 yards to Josiah Deguara and Will McClure, respectively, to give him nine on the season. Josh Neal hit Marc Ellis for touchdown strikes of 23 and 12 yards in the Granite Bay coaching debut for Skip Albano, who took over for the retired-for-now Ernie Cooper, who watched the game as the Grizzlies' new biggest fan from behind the north end zone.
Folsom co-coach Kris Richardson said his team's ability to spread the field presents nightmares for defenses. There's Browning, and then there are hard runners such as Bryan Weldy, who rushed for 44 yards.
Granite Bay, in its season opener, showed all the promise of a team that will make another title run, but three interceptions and a fumbled kickoff return stalled any hope of momentum.
Grizzlies fly back Tony Ellison opened with a 51-yard run and finished with 93 yards on 14 carries.
"It's 1 vs. 2, and we want to show people a good game," said Smith, Granite Bay's linebacker leader, before the game. "We know we can't give up big plays because Jake's a good quarterback. But it's not just him that's good."
New blue field, same blue feeling from opponents of the Folsom Bulldogs.
The defending Division II Sac-Joaquin Section Champions picked up where they left off last season with a 56-14 badgering of the visiting Woodcreek Timberwolves.
The Bulldog attack laid claim all over the newly blue turf at Prairie City Stadium. Jake Browning threw for more than 450 yards and seven touchdowns, while the Bulldogs mixed in a solid ground game, gaining nearly 200 yards on foot.
It was Folsom’s defense, however, that set the tone early. On the third play from scrimmage, Austin Badger tipped quarterback Isaiah Harbarth’s pass in the air and it came down into the hands of Lukas Hendricks. The interception led to a two-yard run from Bailey Laolagi to open up the scoring for the Bulldogs.
Browning, the Folsom field general, took over from there.
Browning’s seven touchdown passes weren’t the 10 that he posted in his first career varsity start last season, but they are impressive in any conversation. He completed 30 passes and connected with six different receivers for scores.
“He’s the real deal,” said Woodcreek Head Coach Jason Stowers of Browning.
“Folsom is a team that’s hard to prepare for because Browning and the coaching staff do a great job of picking up blitzes and, with running the ball, they’ve added another element to their offense.”
Woodcreek pounded the ground attack with 6’2”, 215-pound Mitchell Layton. The senior fullback ran a 53-yard blast into the new red end zone for the T-Wolves’ lone score in the first half. Layton added an 85-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to total 212 yards rushing.
“We showed that we have one of the top backs in the area,” said Stowers.
Folsom’s secondary came up with three interceptions. Adding to Hendricks’ first-quarter pick were Calvin Gardner just before halftime and Mike McCuaig midway through the third.
The Timberwolves’ defense remained resilient late in the game, even when down 40-plus points. Consecutive Bulldog possessions resulted in turnovers in the third quarter thanks to Matt Ahnin. The Woodcreek defender ran in a Folsom fumble for a touchdown just before he stopped the next Bulldog drive by breaking up a pass in the end zone on fourth down.
Troy Knox (two), Will McClure, Cole Thompson, Josiah Deguara, Gardner and Laolagi were all recipients of touchdown passes from Browning.
“We’re really deep at receiver and they made it really easy for me to put up numbers like that,” said Browning.
“It starts with protection. If we can keep Jake upright, we have the skill guys that can get open,” said Folsom co-Head Coach Kris Richardson. “I’m really happy with the way we opened up the season.”
Next week, the defending D-II Section Champion Bulldogs will be in for a fight as they travel to face defending D-I Section Champ Granite Bay.
JV Bulldogs trounce Woodcreek, 49-14
Folsom Junior Varsity Coach Jordan Banning was pleased with the way his squad opened its season. Defense and special teams played as much of a part in the 35-point rout as the offense over the visiting Woodcreek Timberwolves.
“Offensively, we did everything well. We ran the ball well. We passed the ball well. Defense and special teams were great,” said Banning. “We came out really prepared and hungry. The first game, we always come out with a lot of enthusiasm and we made very little mistakes tonight. We can’t be too upset about that.”
Christian Huber returned a punt just over 40 yards for a score, making it 35-0 Folsom at the 4:14 mark of the second quarter. The Bulldogs would tack on another score before the half to go up 42-0.
Woodcreek found the end zone twice in the second half with a pair of red-zone scores. A short pass from Charlie Ridgway found Jake Gross and Brandon Burch ran in a seven-yard score to put 14 points on the board for the Timberwolves.
Tre Green added a 50-yard quarterback keeper late in the third to cap Folsom’s scoring.
The last game of 2012 for Folsom (Calif.) ended up a lot like the other 14 — one-sided with a final margin of 30-plus.
But there was one huge difference. For the first time all year, Folsom was on the wrong end of the blowout.
In one of the most anticipated prep games in Sacramento-area history, Sac-Joaquin Section Division II champion Folsom was selected to take on national powerhouse De La Salle (Concord) at Sacramento State in the CIF North Region Open Division final.
Folsom, which had beaten its previous 14 opponents by an average margin of 27 points, was dominated from the start by an athletic, disciplined De La Salle squad that more than lived up to its national ranking.
The 49-15 loss was foreign and difficult for the Bulldogs but, with nearly all of their key players returning, that loss may provide extra motivation that takes the 2013 Folsom football team to the next level.
Leading the charge will be young leader Jake Browning, who announced his presence early last season by tying the California record with10 touchdown passes in a single game before going on to be named a MaxPreps Sophomore All-American.
Including Browning, the Bulldogs return 14 starters from last year's squad. The dynamic offense that put up nearly 45 points per game last season will remain largely intact, with the return of leading receiver Troy Knox and leading rusher Bailey Laolagi.
The defense, which was largely overlooked last season due to the prolific offense, loses sack leader Quincy Capel to graduation, but returns six starters including linemen Cody Creason and Sam Whitney.
The secondary, which compiled 10 interceptions last season, will be led by senior Rodney Ellison and junior Jake Morgado.
With an extra year of experience and a sparkling offensive system, Folsom has gone from a local power in 2012 to a national contender in 2013.
Attention ALL Football Players: The 1st Day of Football Practice is August 12th From 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm. The Varsity team will be in the Stadium. Freshmen and JV will be on the JV baseball field. Please bring Helmets, Cleats, Jerseys, Shorts, and Water. If you are new and do not have any equipment, please wear T-Shirt, Shorts, and Cleats. Also, please be sure ALL of your Athletic Packet has been turned into our Athletic Director. If you have any questions, please email Coach Richardson at email@example.com.
2012 ALL-METRO FOOTBALL
Player of the Year
Brandon Monroe, RB, Del Oro, Sr.
Offensive Player of the Year
Jake Browning, QB, Folsom, So.
Defensive Player of the Year
Zach Claiborne, DE, Oak Ridge, Sr.
Jason Samuels, QB, Oak Ridge, Sr.
Robert Frazier, RB, Elk Grove, Sr.
Isaiah Williams, RB, Burbank, Sr.
Taft Partridge, FB, Granite Bay, Sr.
Lucas Owan, WR, Folsom, Sr.
Troy Knox, WR, Folsom, Jr.
Tyler Winston, WR, Antelope, Sr.
Parker Doyle, LINE, Granite Bay, Sr.
Josh Wormley, LINE, Folsom, Sr.
A.J. Samataua, LINE, Del Campo, Sr.
Tanner Woods, LINE, Del Oro, Jr.
Sam Woods, LINE, Rocklin, Sr.
Darren Echeveria, LINE, Antelope, Sr.
Tyler Meteer, TE, Del Oro, Jr.
Thomas Sperbeck, ATH, Jesuit, Sr.
Wadus Parker, ATH, Elk Grove, Jr.
Andrew Endicott, K, Jesuit, Sr.
Vince Chelini, P, River City, Sr.
Kyle Cota, QB, Nevada Union, Sr.
D'Juan Bellaire, RB, Center, Sr.
Kyran Harris, RB, Franklin, Sr.
Sutter Choisser, RB, Whitney, Sr.
Ian Davis, WR, Nevada Union, Sr.
Alex Van Dyke, WR, Cosumnes Oaks, Jr.
Tony Ellison, Fly, Granite Bay, Jr.
Noah Letuligasenoa, TE, Elk Grove, Jr.
Garrett Strohmaier, LINE, Jesuit, Sr.
Jacob Proul, LINE, Oak Ridge, Sr.
Justin Ramirez, LINE, Granite Bay, Sr.
Evan Ewey, LINE, Vista del Lago, Sr.
Dalton Bledsoe, LINE, Folsom, Sr.
Dre Terrell, ATH, Pleasant Grove, Jr.
Sterling Powell, ATH, Monterey Trail
Leonard Skattebo, ATH, Rio Linda, Jr.
Colin Brown, K, Granite Bay, Sr.
Skyler Rand, P, Del Oro, Sr.
• Quarterbacks: Tyrel Anderson, Center; Jacob Bist, Ponderosa; Grant Caraway, Granite Bay; Taylor Elkins, Yuba City; Ernest Jenkins, Burbank; Matt Jimison, Cosumnes Oaks; Josiah Johnson, Sacramento; Zach LaBar, Del Oro; Jonah Lessard, El Camino; Nick Modar, McClatchy; Tommy Sawyer, Foresthill; Trent Spallas, Franklin; Logan Webb, Rocklin; Michael Wilson, Colfax; Kevin Williams, Bradshaw Christian
• Running backs: Marcel Brown, Rio Linda; John Cooley, Granite Bay; Jonathan Crippes, Antelope; Francisco Garcia, Marysville; Quinton Kirk, Capital Christian; Marquise Carter-Petit, Grant; Sean Tow, Union Mine; Nate Van Dusen, Yuba City; Terrance White, Inderkum; Kaelin Willhite, Cosumnes Oaks
• Receivers: Kyle Brant, Colfax; Wyatt Demps, Pleasant Grove; Malik Dumentz, River City; Dominic Giampaoli, Rocklin; Steven Graber, Granite Bay; Spencer Gregg, Rocklin; C.K. Hicks, Davis; Justin Holmes, Oakmont; Keenan Hunt, Rio Linda; Louis Macklin, Sacramento; Brad Rittenhouse, Vista del Lago; Byron Spain, Oak Ridge; Clayton Van Duyn, El Dorado.
• Linemen: Brian Berube, Placer; Kevin Blank, Granite Bay; Emileo Campos, Del Oro; Mason Celli, Liberty Ranch; Jason Chapman, Oak Ridge; Max Corry, Casa Roble; Cody Creason, Folsom; Leonard Hazewood, Antelope; Dalton Hudec, Del Oro; Brandon Johnson, Del Oro; Nifae Lealao, Capital Christian; Moe Loller, Elk Grove; Noel Pinnock, Burbank; Austin Smith, Granite Bay.; Kyle Saxelid, Cosumnes Oaks; Kyle Schwartz, Roseville.
Beau Hershberger, LINE, Granite Bay, Sr.
Eddie Vanderdoes, LINE, Placer, Sr.
Ngalu Tapa, LINE, Burbank, Jr.
William Vi, LINE, Franklin, Sr.
Quincy Capel, LINE, Folsom, Sr.
Cameron Smith, LB, Granite Bay, So.
Abnor Toma, LB, Grant, Sr.
Tanner Vallejo, LB, Nevada Union, Sr.
Joey Banks, LB, Franklin, Jr.
Jeff Camilli, LB, Ponderosa, Sr.
Dedric Allen, LB, Inderkum, Sr.
Phillip Carter, DB, Folsom, Sr.
Marcus Green, DB, Franklin, Sr.
Trayvon Henderson, DB, Grant, Sr.
Aaron Knapp, DB, Granite Bay, Sr.
Isaiah Pineiro, DB, Placer, Sr.
Jalen Walker, DB, Christian Bros., Sr.
Trey Olsen, LINE, Oakmont, Jr.
Michael Okoroike, LINE, Antelope, Sr.
Nick Terry, LINE, Pleasant Grove, Sr.
Stone Sander, LINE, Placer, Sr.
Kyle Evanski, LINE, Del Campo, Sr.
Bwon Canada, LINE, Elk Grove, Jr.
Eteuati Levi, LB, Cosumnes Oaks, Sr.
Eddie Flores, LB, Folsom, Jr.
Hank Humphers, LB, Nevada Union, Sr.
DeVonte Castex, LB, Laguna Creek, Sr.
Nick Gordon, LB, Oak Ridge, Sr.
Eric Thomas, DB, El Camino, Sr.
Taron Johnson, DB, Sheldon, Jr.
Isaiah Saunders, DB, Pleasant Grove, Sr.
Tre Lampley, DB, Franklin, Sr.
Keith Marcus, DB, Burbank, Sr.
• Linemen: Tyler Arneson, Granite Bay; Curtis Catron, Ponderosa; Rae Cherry, Antelope; Vaughn Hingano, Rio Linda; Jason Perry, Center, Preston Dobbins, Center; Edwin Fauta, Burbank; Chris Grunsky, Vista del Lago; Jordan Kunaszyk, Roseville; Brandon Roznos, Capital Christian; Riley Smith, Rio Linda; Misi Taifane, Grant; Viliami Umufuke, Monterey Trail
• Linebackers: Josh Cardoza, Woodland; Mason Conen, Granite Bay; Isaiah Coleman, Rosemont; Tyree Hanson, Pleasant Grove; Junior Jenkins, Highlands; Daniel Lesher, Golden Sierra; Thomas Mahlman, Oak Ridge; Moses Moala, Grant; Nick Rametta, Vista del Lago; Spencer Sheff, Elk Grove; Chris Rico, Dixon; Bailey Laolagi, Folsom; Derek Stiles, Folsom; Tony Suvercrop, Placer; Jordan Vinson, Rio Americano; Tyler Wharton, Del Oro
• Defensive backs: John Abalos, Highlands; Chad Baptiste, Dixon; Jason Elenberger, Jesuit; Rodney Ellison, Folsom; Calvin Green, Burbank; Mike Hatfield, Del Campo; Trevor Haro, Elk Grove; Elijah Jones, Elk Grove; Justin Shelton-Mosley, Capital Christian; Stephen Nogosek, Woodcreek; Jordan Powell, Whitney; Steven Rogers, Franklin; Zack Suarez, Rio Americano; Torre Watson, Mira Loma; Kevin Wise, El Camino
By Matt Long
Folsom won its second section championship in three years and did so convincingly Saturday night at Hornet Stadium at Sacramento State, beating Elk Grove 44-18.
The win sets up a likely showdown with powerhouse De La Salle Saturday at Sac State in the Nor-Cal open division championship. That schedule for the Nor-Cal playoff games will be officially announced tomorrow afternoon.
The win over the Herd was impressive for a number of reasons; not just because of the 26-point margin of victory. Elk Grove has an impressive running game, led by Robert Frazier and Wadus Parker. Through three quarters of play with Folsom leading 27-6, the Bulldogs had outrushed the Herd 116 yards to 84. Elk Grove picked up a couple big runs in the fourth quarter to overtake the Bulldogs, but holding Frazier to 52 yards on 16 carries and Parker to 60 yards on 13 carries can be considered a stellar performance. In fact, the only big plays Elk Grove made on offense came on quarterback scrambles by Tommy Arnold, who led the team with 77 yards rushing.
“Their backs couldn’t do anything,” Folsom defensive coordinator Lou Baiz said. “The guys played hard and were fundamentally sound. They’ve been improving every week and they just keep on playing.”
Senior defensive end Devon Nooner, who was in on one of the bigger plays of the game when he got a hand on an Elk Grove punt, which gave the offense a short field and led to a Folsom touchdown and a 14-6 lead at halftime, said the key was stopping the run.
“We wanted to stop Frazier because he’s a great back,” said Nooner, who led the team with nine tackles and also recovered a fumble. “We just played our game.”
Folsom senior defensive tackle Quincy Capel, who finished with eight tackles and one sack, said it’s a team effort.
“Our defense is a big part of this team,” Capel said. “We work well together and get stops and the offense scores the points.
Senior defensive end Chaz Arnold was thrilled with his team’s performance.
“We were well prepared and knew what plays they were going to run,” he said. “Everyone played great and to win is just a great feeling for me after losing last year.”
Derek Stiles made eight tackles, while Eddie Flores was in on five and recovered a fumble as well as the blocked punt. Phillip Carter also intercepted a pass.
While both teams had to battle the rain and the wind, Folsom, as a predominately passing team, had to considered at a disadvantage in such conditions. That’s not the way it turned out, though. Elk Grove turned the ball over three times on two fumbles and an interception, while Folsom didn’t turn the ball over at all.
Folsom quarterback Jake Browning didn’t have a great night statistically, completing 16-of-30 passes for 205 yards, but he threw for three touchdowns, ran another and led his team to victory, which is the only thing that matters.
“Once you get past the fact that it’s raining, it shouldn’t affect you,” Browning said. “We want it to rain. We’re a great team in the rain.”
Folsom co-coach Troy Taylor was proud of his quarterback’s performance.
“Jake played well,” Taylor said. “He’s a performer and just goes out and gets it done. That’s easy to say in conditions like this, but sometimes it’s difficult to pull it off and Jake did it.”
Folsom played great at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, which was another key to victory. Taylor said the team won the game up front.
Senior offensive guard Josh Wormley was proud of the work he and his teammates did in the trenches.
“We said from the first snap that we were going to own the line of scrimmage,” Wormley said. “We set the tone from the start and they couldn’t stick with us. We play well as a group and that’s the key.”
Browning is certainly appreciative of the performance of his line, which features Cody Creason and Austin Rothrock on the left, Wormley and Mike D’Ottavio on the right and center Dalton Bledsoe at center. Reed Garmsen also sees playing team.
“They’re the reason I’m still walking,” Browning said. “They work hard and they watch a lot of film. There is a lot of dedication with those guys.”
Folsom trailed 6-0 midway through the second quarter and the fact that they managed to score 44 points in 29 minutes of play is another feather in their cap. Browning hooked up with Troy Knox (5 catches, 77 yards, 2 TDs) from eight yards for the first score. After Nooner’s blocked punt, Browning took it in from a yard out with 33 seconds remaining in the half and Folsom led 14-6.
The Bulldogs scored on the opening drive of the second half on a 51-yard pass from Browning to Knox.
After a Flores fumble recovery, Browning threw a seven-yard pass to Bailey Laolagi (3 catches, 35 yards, 1 TD). Carter followed with an interception and Folsom capitalized once again, this time with a one-yard run by Josiah Deguara, which made it 34-6.
Elk Grove managed a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to make it 34-12, but Folsom came right back with a 12-yard run by Laolagi (13 carries, 72 yards, 1 TD). Nooner ended Elk Grove’s next possession with a fumble recovery and Ben Trumm finished Folsom’s scoring with a 42-yard field goal.
“It feels great to win a section championship,” said Nooner. “It’s like eating warm apple pie.”