Announcers Will James and Jim Dimino will call the action of this match-up that’s promising to be a major brawl, and guarantees a massive crowd turnout at Prairie City Stadium; fair warning for those planning to attend this heavyweight contest.
by Will James, Hometown Sports
Among a handful of highly intriguing Week-3 high school football games, one of them stands apart from the rest; the eagerly awaited rematch between the top-ranked Folsom Bulldogs and the #6 Sacramento Dragons.
Access Sacramento logged this high profile confrontation at Hughes Stadium as the Hometown Sports Game-of-the-Week, Fri. Sept. 15 at 7:00 p.m. This live telecast may be seen on Comcast channel 17, Consolidated Communications channel 17, and AT&T U-Verse channel 14. The game will also be streamed from AccessSacramento.org and on the NFHS Network. Play-by-play by Will James and commentary by Jim Dimino and Rick Stewart.
A year ago, the Dragons registered a stunning upset of the Bulldogs at Folsom’s Prairie City Stadium with a resounding 32-27 triumph. The victory snapped Folsom’s 48-game regular-season winning streak, and its 52-game streak against CIF Sac-Joaquin Section opponents dating back to the 2012 season.Kris Richardson, has guided the Bulldogs to 132 wins since 2005. Along the way the Bulldogs collected seven league titles, five SJS crowns, and two CIF State Championships.
The 2017 edition of the Bulldogs appears to be as dominant as ever; explosive on offense, stingy on defense, and showcases yet another terrific quarterback to further extend an amazing list of stellar QBs.
Taking center stage is Kaiden Bennett. The junior QB blasted out to a dazzling start, demonstrating the composure of a veteran while serving up a most impressive blend of precision passing and slick running.
Bennett’s stats are sensational. He’s accounted for 15 touchdowns in three games with 73% passing efficiency and leads the team in rushing. Complementing Bennett is another collection of outstanding play- makers and defensive stalwarts.
Under first-year head coach, Joe McCray, the Dragons continue to feature big-play offense and hard hitting defense. All-purpose threat, Anthony Bradley, sparks the offense . The defense is anchored by rampaging linebacker, E.J. Haag-Larry.
This game marks the fifth meeting of the teams since 2008. Folsom won the first three meetings by an average of 39 points before Sacramento’s upset last year. The previous four games were all played at Folsom High School.
Many factors add plenty of spice to this impending brawl in the Big House. Emotion will run extremely high at Hughes Stadium, generated by an extra large crowd expecting to be treated to a game packed with playoff intensity, electrifying plays, and heavy drama. Don’t miss this one.
By Will James
Home Town Sports
Access Sacramento‘s Home Town Sports Game-of-the-Week television coverage kicks-off the 2016 high school football season with its live telecast of the Jesuit Marauders vs. Folsom Bulldogs game Friday evening, Sept. 2 in Folsom where Access Sacramento will unveil its new high definition remote production truck.
Beginning at 7 pm, the game may be seen on Comcast channel 17, Consolidated Communications channel 17, and AT&T U-Verse channel 14.
This Game of the Week opening match-up is more than a clash between two programs of long-standing prominence, it’s one of significant intrigue.
Fifth-year Jesuit Head Coach Marlon Blanton has regrouped following the Marauders’ mediocre 5-5 season, as Big Red failed to make a post-season appearance for the second time in four years under Blanton’s leadership. Jesuit defeated Granite Bay 28-10 last Friday and travels into Folsom on Friday.
In direct contrast, Kris Richardson‘s Bulldogs are coming off a brilliant 14-1 campaign but open the season without a returning All-Metro quarterback for the first time in more than a decade, and are undergoing a restructuring phase of their own. Moreover, QB coaching guru Troy Taylor has moved on to the collegiate coaching ranks at Eastern Oregon.
Returning varsity backup quarterback Joe Curry got the call as starter in the season-opening home win for Folsom 55-36 over Coeur d’Alene (ID) last Friday. Curry completed 25 of 32 passes for an amazing 564 yards and six TDs.
An impressive receiving corps are back including Drake Stallworth, Eric Davis, Brandon Rupchock, Brad Jenner, Jack Sa, and Ariel Ngata who collectively accounted for 144 receptions and 31 TD last season. However, the running game is in question with last year’s seldom used Davin Simmons and Micah Iverson representing the only varsity returnees who registered rushing production last season. Simmons last week carried the ball 17 times for 32 yards and 2 TDs.
Jenner and Shawn Johnson, who combined for 269 tackles last season, will again spark the Folsom defense.
Both squads have questions galore. Many of them will be answered in this early season collision, which should amount to much more than an interesting encounter played before another huge crowd at Prairie City Stadium. Tune in and find out where the spinning wheel stops.
AccessLocal.TV Access Sacramento, Casey Taylor, CIF Sac-Joaquin Section, Del Oro Eagles, Del Oro High School, Folsom Bulldogs, Folsom High School, football, Game of the Week (GOTW), High School Football, Jake Browning, Kris Richardson, Sierra Footbhill League, Troy Taylor 0 Comment
by Will James
The stage is set for the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section‘s first classic battle of the high school football season this week as top-ranked Folsom plays host to No. 8 Del Oro Friday evening in an intriguing Sierra Foothill League match-up of two premiere powerhouses in the region.
Access Sacramento‘s live telecast of this colossal mid-season confrontation is the Hometown Sports Game of the Week, and may be seen on Comcast Cable channel 17, Consolidated Communications Cable channel 17, AT&T U-Verse channel 14, and on the Internet at AccessSacramento.org.Despite the graduation loss of record-setting quarterback, Jake Browning — a freshman starting QB this year at the University of Washington — Kris Richardson and Troy Taylor‘s defending D-1 CIF state champion and undefeated Bulldogs haven’t missed a beat. They have re-loaded with converted wide receiver Jake Jeffrey at quarterback and carry a state-best 37-game winning streak and 5-0 mark into the contest.
The Folsom offense remains potent, as Jeffrey has passed for nearly 1300 yards and 16 touchdowns, while running backs Tre Green and Roger Neal have collectively rambled for almost 500 yards and nine touchdowns.
Casey Taylor‘s invading Golden Eagles are likely the best 2-2 team in Northern California, having lost to Hawaii’s perennial top team, Punahou of Honolulu, by seven points, and NorCal heavyweight, Bellarmine Prep of San Jose by three points. The Eagles two victories have been by a combine score of 97-10.Del Oro also brings impressive star power into the fracas. Junior quarterback, Stone Smartt has passed for nearly 800 yards and six touchdowns. His key targets are highly regarded wide receivers Trey Udoffia and Mason Hurst who have combined for 26 catches, accounting for more than 500 yards and five touchdowns.
The Eagles’ balanced offense includes depth in their rushing corps featuring Dalton Gee. The junior running back has scampered for more than 300 yards and four touchdowns.
Hurst also stars on defense. The junior two-way starter has intercepted five passes in the four games, while linebacker John Spencer has logged four and a half sacks.
This marquee match-up will definitely draw a sell-out crowd to Prairie City Stadium. If you don’t arrive early enough to secure a seat or scramble for standing room, tune-in to the telecast and enjoy the show. It’s sure to register a lofty figure on the Richter Scale.