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Folsom wins big, advances to section title game

Posted Thursday, December 02, 2010 by Folsom Telegraph

ATWATER - Folsom achieved one of its goals of earning the opportunity to play for a section title.

Friday night’s convincing 55-20 win over previously unbeaten and top-seeded Buhach Colony assured the Bulldogs a spot in the Division II title game against Grant next weekend.

The team's next goal is to win that section title, but the Bulldogs might have to do so without the services of their most valuable player, Dano Graves. The senior quarterback was injured midway through the third quarter on a late hit just one play before a Folsom touchdown that all but secured the victory, which put the Bulldogs up 34-14.

Preliminary reports said it was a serious knee injury, one that could keep him out of the championship game, but Folsom coach Kris Richardson wasn’t going there yet.

“We’re hoping it’s nothing more than a sprain,” Richardson said. “Unfortunately, it came on a late hit where a guy came into the pile and hit him on the knee. Dano’s a competitor and I think he’s the best player in the section, but if he’s not able to go, we’ve got great confidence in Tanner (Trosin).”

Graves’ dad, Dave, said his son will have his knee looked at Saturday. Graves completed 15 of 20 passes for 228 yards and two scores and rushed for 44 yards and two touchdowns. Tanner Trosin replaced him and completed 5 of 7 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns. His brother, Tyler Trosin, caught two touchdowns and had 178 yards receiving.

Folsom had the game in hand when Graves’ went down, as the Bulldogs handled the Thunder fairly easily. Folsom led 21-7 after the first quarter, as Graves scored the opening touchdown on a six-yard run. Buhach Colony tied the score at 7, but Graves threw touchdown passes to Kori Babineaux for 11 yards and Jordan Richards for 64 yards to put Folsom up 21-7.

The teams traded touchdowns in the second quarter. Folsom went up 28-7 on a five-yard run by Graves, but Buhach Colony answered to make it 28-14 at halftime.

Richards’ touchdown run midway through the third gave Folsom breathing room and four minutes later Tanner Trosin hooked up with Tyler Trosin for a 49-yard score. Tanner found Tyler on a two-point pass to bring the score to 42-14.

The Thunder scored early in the fourth quarter to make it 42-20, but Folsom added two more scores, one on another Trosin-to-Trosin pass covering 66 yards and the final score on a short interception return by defensive lineman Trevor Jones.

“It’s a great feeling to win this game,” Folsom senior linebacker Sam Lueken said. “Most of us have been playing football for eight years now from youth football on up. We prepared as hard as we could for this, and now we have a chance to play for a section championship. I’m proud of my guys.”

Richardson added, “We beat a darn good fast and physical football team. We set a goal to get back to the section championship game and play Grant again, and we did that. Our next goal is to win that game.”

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