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October 6, 2012No. 6 Folsom traveled over the hill to face No. 8 Oak Ridge to open the Delta River League schedule. The Bulldogs, an offensive juggernaut led by sophomore quarterback Jake Browning and a host of receivers, overwhelmed the Trojans early in leading 35-14 at halftime en route to posting a 42-21 victory.
Folsom- Browning to Harry Lipnosky for 9 yards with 7:22 to play in the first quarter. (7-0)
Oak Ridge-Jason Samuels to Tanner Hughes for six yards with 4:00 to play in the first quarter. (7-7)
Folsom-Browning to Lipnosky for 30 yards with 1:07 to play in the first quarter. (14-7)
Folsom-Browning to Phillip Carter for seven yards with 10:59 to play in the second quarter. (21-7)
Oak Ridge-Samuels to Byron Spain for 18 yards with 7:06 to play in the second quarter. (21-14)
Folsom- Browning to Bailey Laolagi for three yards with 3:01 left to play in the second quarter. (28-14)
Folsom-Browning to Troy Knox for five yards with 18 seconds left before halftime. (35-14)
Folsom- Touchdown run (out of the wildcat) for eight yards by Joshiah Deguara at start of fourth quarter. (42-14
Oak Ridge-Samuels to Preist for 27 yards with 8:45 left to play in the fourth quarter. (42-21)
Folsom-Browning to Carter for six yards with 2:16 left to make the final 49-21.
Browning finished the night with 353 yards and six touchdowns and used seven different pass catchers. Folsom, behind co-head coaches Kris Richardson and Troy Taylor, run one of the more technical schemes you will find at this level. They use multiple formations and motion to create matchups that allow short passes to move the chains and the receivers to generate yards after the catch to make big plays. The offensive line is anchored by center Delton Bledsoe, who is strong in the middle as a key skill needed in short drops to get the ball out quick. Another strong performance was turned in by tackle Mike D'Ottavio, who did a great job on Zack Claiborne who came in with 10.5 sacks.
The defense for the Bulldogs is much improved from last year and controlled a Trojan team that came in averaging almost 35 points a game. Folsom kept Samuels and company off the field as they had seven drives that were at least eight plays or longer.
More standouts from Folsom include:
Bailey Laolagi (RB/LB) led the Bulldogs in rushing with 15 carries for 98 yards, caught six balls for 43 yards and had numerous tackles from his linebacker position. Bailey has good size (6-1 /205) and plays with much more poise than you would expect from a sophomore.
Rodney Ellison (WR/DB) caught balls for 59 yards, but proved to have great hands with some circus catches and was elusive after the catch. In the defensive backfield, he teamed with Carter to patrol the backend of the defense and kept Samuels from creating big plays as he had in other games.
Next up for the Bulldogs is to go on the road and face the Jesuit Marauders next Saturday. For Oak Ridge, they go on the road and face the Sheldon Huskies.