Saturday, December 01, 2012

Folsom Rolls Through EG For D-II Title

It was a wet and windy night at Hornet Stadium. Elk Grove made a game of it over the first three quarters, but couldn't stop the offensive machine that is Folsom Bulldog football and dropped a 44-18 decision in the Sac-Joaquin Section's Division II Championship game.

My thoughts:
Three turnovers by the Herd resulted in two touchdowns and a field goal in the second half by Folsom. Can't make a mistake against a team that good.

The Elk Grove defense was excellent and probably should have been a 7-6 halftime score, but the partially blocked punt gave the Bulldogs a 36-yard field late in the second quarter. Then opening the third quarter with a 51-yard TD pass doomed the Herd. It was downhill from there.

It was ugly to see Robert Frazier, and later, Noah Letuligasenoa get ejected from a game this important. Frazier was out of line in going after an official. I have no idea why Noah was given the thumb. I didn't see anything obvious. I will say there were a couple questionable calls by the refs, especially the pass interference call on Frazier in the third period which would give the Herd the ball on downs. But, overall, the refs were fine. I'm sure the weather affected them, too.

Lots of talent coming back next year at Elk Grove. Coach Nixon will have a nice group upon which to build a good team...but, Folsom returns virtually everyone. The road to the Section championship in 2013 will pass through Folsom.

Here are the game stats. (Read my full story on EG Citizen.com)



                         Box Score (Final)
  Score by Quarters       1  2  3  4   Score
  -----------------             -- -- -- --   -----
  Elk Grove...........       0  6   0  12  - 18       Record: (12-2)
  Folsom ..............        0 14 13 17   - 44       Record: (14-0)


  Scoring Summary:                                                                 EG - FL

  2nd 10:10 EG - Wadus Parker 1 yd run (Justin Singh kick failed)
                                             11 plays, 79 yards, TOP 4:33         6 - 0
      04:27 FL - Troy Knox 8 yd pass from Jake Browning (Ben Trumm kick)
                                              9 plays, 80 yards, TOP 3:30         6 - 7
      00:33 FL - Jake Browning 1 yd run (Ben Trumm kick)
                                              6 plays, 36 yards, TOP 2:02         6 - 14
  3rd 10:05 FL - Troy Knox 51 yd pass from Jake Browning (Ben Trumm kick)
                                              6 plays, 80 yards, TOP 1:55         6 - 21
      05:34 FL - Bailey Laolagi 7 yd pass from Jake Browning (kick failed)
                                              8 plays, 48 yards, TOP 3:46         6 - 27
  4th 11:14 FL - Josiah Deguara 1 yd run (Ben Trumm kick)
                                              6 plays, 36 yards, TOP 2:57         6 - 34
      10:21 EG - Wadus Parker 1 yd run (TommyArnold pass failed)
                                              3 plays, 80 yards, TOP 0:53        12 - 34
      08:46 FL - Bailey Laolagi 12 yd run (Ben Trumm kick)
                                              4 plays, 52 yards, TOP 1:35        12 - 41
      06:31 FL - Ben Trumm 42 yd field goal
                                              4 plays, -3 yards, TOP 1:39        12 - 44
      01:21 EG - Wadus Parker 37 yd run (Wadus Parker rush failed)
                                             10 plays, 80 yards, TOP 5:10        18 - 44

                                                              EG       FL
  FIRST DOWNS...................              13        22
  RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............   43-212   34-141
  PASSING YDS (NET).............       86          205
  Passes Att-Comp-Int...........              8-4-1     30-16-0
  TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS.....   51-298   64-346
  Fumble Returns-Yards..........            0-0      0-0
  Punt Returns-Yards............               0-0     1-10
  Kickoff Returns-Yards.........            3-5      1-0
  Interception Returns-Yards....           0-0     1-41
  Punts (Number-Avg)............         4-24.8   1-23.0
  Fumbles-Lost..................                 2-2      0-0
  Penalties-Yards...............                8-74     5-26
  Possession Time...............             22:52    23:47
  Sacks By: Number-Yards........      0-0      1-1

  RUSHING: Elk Grove-Tommy Arnold 8-76; Robert Frazier 16-59; Wadus Parker
  14-57; SpencerSheff 5-20. Folsom-Bailey Laolagi 14-73; Harry Lipnosky 11-51;
  Josiah Deguara 6-10; Jake Browning 2-4; Derek Stiles 1-3.

  PASSING: Elk Grove-Tommy Arnold 4-8-1-86. Folsom-Jake Browning 16-30-0-205.

  RECEIVING: Elk Grove-Noah Letuligasenoa 2-57; Wadus Parker 1-19; Mikey Wright
  1-10. Folsom-Troy Knox 5-78; Harry Lipnosky 4-33; Bailey Laolagi 3-35; Lucas
  Owan 2-27; Rodney Ellison 1-28; Trace Noble 1-4.

  INTERCEPTIONS: Elk Grove-None. Folsom-Phillip Carter 1-41.

  Stadium: Hornet Stadium        Attendance: 3000
 
  Temperature: 56        Wind: s15-20    Weather: Rain
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