VIDEO: Bennett, Bulldogs Rally, Deliver Payback to Dragons

by Will James

Hometown Sports   

Folsom Quarterback #1 Kaiden Bennett & Lineman #72 Tucker Dunbar

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.

Sacramento Quarterback #12 Derek Shelton

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.

Folsom #14 Elijhah Badger Touchdown Reception

The early shock treatment awakened a struggling Bennett, whose 26-yard scoring connection with wide receiver Elijah Badger started Folsom’s comeback.  

Sacramento HS Wide Receiver #1 Anthony Bradley celebrates after a TD reception.

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.

Game of the Week will provide live coverage of Foothill vs. Cordova High School on Friday, September 22nd at 7 pm.