by Will James
Eager to avenge last year’s stunning upset loss to the Sacramento Dragons that broke Folsom‘s remarkable 52-game CIF-SJS winning streak, Kaiden Bennett and the top-ranked Bulldogs climbed off the Hughes Stadium turf to register a clutch 28-19 comeback victory over a determined Sacramento High School football team in Access Sacramento‘s Game of the Week.
Will James and Jim Dimino call the highlights:
The contest was played before a raucous crowd that ebbed and flowed proportionately with each wild twist and turn on the field by two intensely driven, undefeated teams.
Playing with fierce determination, sixth-ranked Sacramento appeared to be on its way to deal Folsom another setback as the Dragons took control with an early 10-0 lead thanks to the superlative all-around play of Sacramento’s Anthony Bradley.
Sacramento scored first on a short Esau Perez field goal following a fumble recovery. Bradley then took matters into his own hands. He made a leaping interception of a Bennett aerial, and moments later hauled in a scoring pass from quarterback Derek Shelton to send a harsh wake up call to the Bulldogs.
The early shock treatment awakened a struggling Bennett, whose 26-yard scoring connection with wide receiver Elijah Badger started Folsom’s comeback.
Another Perez field goal accounted for Sacramento’s 13-7 lead at the half, until Bennett and Badger combined for a 46-yard touchdown connection midway through the third quarter to place the Bulldogs on top, 14-13.
Early in the fourth quarter, Shelton connected with Daunte Moore to pull the Dragons within 21-19, but tough Folsom defense and Bennett’s 10-yard touchdown run sealed a 28-19 victory in a fierce battle played with playoff intensity.
A replay of the entire game may be seen on Access Sacramento Sat. Sept. 16 at 11 a.m., Tues. Sept. 19 at 7 p.m., Wed. Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. on Comcast or Consolidated Communications Cable channel 17, AT&T U-Verse channel 14, or live streamed from Access Sacramento.org at that same time. Video on Demand is available from Access Sacramento and the NFHS Network.