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.

Will James & Jim Dimino

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 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.

Both teams enter play unbeaten; Folsom at 3-0 and Sacramento at 2-0. The game will serve as the final non-conference game for each team before they enter league play next week.

Folsom Head Coach Kris Richardson [Courtesy: Sac Bee online]

Folsom Head Coach, 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.