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.