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Trojans’ effort fall short

Trojan Josh Wellman scores the first touchdown against the Folsom Bulldogs Friday night at Sac State.  Village Life photo by Pat Dollins
Trojan Josh Wellman scores the first touchdown against the Folsom Bulldogs Friday night at Sac State. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

SACRAMENTO — For most of the first half in Saturday’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title game at Sacramento State, the Oak Ridge running game and Folsom’s passing game battled like rams.

Trojan running back Josh Wellman, behind his offensive line, found holes to move the chains while Bulldog quarterback Jake Browning led his team with his arm.

“We started off OK,” Oak Ridge head coach Eric Cavaliere said.

But in the second half, Browning continued where he left off in the first and the Folsom defense shut down Oak Ridge’s offense for the 49-17 victory.

Oak Ridge (12-2), seeded No. 3, struck first thanks to Drew Lackowski’s first-quarter interception in the end zone. Wellman capped an 80-yard, 10-play drive that included passes from Ian Book (13-of-17, 134 yards) to receivers Jacob Sipes and Justin Priest (3 receptions for 67 yards) with a 2-yard run with 4:30 left. Adam Walter booted the extra-point to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead.

“We got the turnover early, which was a good one,” Cavaliere said. “That gave us momentum.”

Priest added, “Our offense came out hot. Our defense played well.”

Oak Ridge’s defense held Browning to only 34 yards in the first quarter. In the first half, Browning spent most of the time scrambling out of the pocket.

“We had him scrambling around,” Cavaliere said. “We had a good scheme against him.”

But Folsom (14-0), the No. 1 seed, found a way into the end zone when Browning hit wide receiver Troy Knox on a 23-yard pass with 2:14 left in the opening quarter. Ben Trumm booted the extra-point to tie the game at 7-all.

“We had some communication issues on the field that led to some coverage mishaps,” Cavaliere said. “Eventually, we were able to get everybody on the right page.”

After Oak Ridge went three and out on its following offensive drive, Folsom took a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter when Browning found Cole Thompson in the end zone on a 57-yard strike.

The Trojans didn’t let that faze them. On its next offensive drive, Oak Ridge, behind Book’s passes to Thomas Mahlman of 9 and 16 yards, moved the ball downfield with Wellman (14 carries, 62 yards) scoring on a 3-yard sweep with 8:32 left in the quarter. The extra-point tied the game again at 14-all.

Browning gave his Bulldogs a 21-14 lead with 5:14 left in the quarter with his feet on a 1-yard keeper.

The last three minutes were exciting. Folsom was unable to reap the results of intercepting Book; Austin Clarke’s fumble recovery led to Walter’s 36-yard field; Browning scored an another 1-yard run with 42 second left for a 28-17 halftime lead.

“The kids just battled hard all the way through the first half,” Cavaliere said.

In the second half, it was all Folsom as Browning connected with Knox for three more touchdowns.

Overall, Browning completed 25-of-31 passes for 326 yards as the Bulldogs finished with 435 total offensive yards.

Oak Ridge’s offense was held to 79 total offensive yards in the second half. The Trojans had 240 total.

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  1. Newsworthy news...

    Before my husband left for the Oakridge football game last night at Sacramento State U. We both were watching the KCRA channel 3 news. We both got excited when we saw the coverage on the Division 1 big football game of Oakridge vs Folsom. Yet, as we both watched and listened to the KCRA 3 t.v. news people showing the complete coverage of the Folsom tailgating party for Folsom H.S., and interviewing ONLY the Folsom fans, Folsom parents, etc. My husband and I waited patiently for KCRA 3 news to began news coverage next for Oakridge H.S. football team, but as we both waited for our Oakridge fair side of the news coverage. Not happening! As we waited for KCRA 3 news to began speaking to Oakridge fans, Oakridge parents, etc., but sadly, it never happened! What’s up with that!?!?! Even the Oakridge H.S. name was not even mentioned! No, not one time on the 6:00pm. news did they mention Oakridge. Only full coverage News for Folsom H.S. football pre-coverage of the game. Both our hearts were saddened. My husband then left for Sac. State to watch the game and be there to support our son and Oakridge. My husband left for the game shaking his head at such lousy biased based news coverage by KCRA 3 news. Yes, I am saddened too. Our son would have been disheartened too had he seen the one sided news coverage not playing fairly to Oakridge H.S. players and parents, etc. We have always taught our son’s to be fair, play fair, and treat others fairly even if others don’t play fair. Yet, KCRA 3 did not do their news time play coverage of the big game last night right or fair by Oakridge. Now it’s time to teach our son’s their next lesson as we talk through everything after the fact. The fact that adults do not always play fair. As with KCRA 3 and the 6:00 pm. news last night. I think though by H.S. my oldest 3 son’s in high school and college already realize this sad fact about adults that need to grow up and play fair and cover the news on t.v. fairly. & We wonder why a large percentage of our young adult children are entering the “adult world/society” are struggling.

    • ^ First world problems. “Saddened” by the lack of coverage? Do you think your kids (or you) will really care about the lack of mention 10 years from now? 5 years from now? 1 year from now? 1 month from now? Next week?

      Honestly, your kids and young adults will be fine in the grand scheme of life. It sounds like you are the one struggling. I do worry about the “participation award” generation though.. but they’ll make it in life, despite all the coddling and helicoptering.

      Life isn’t always fair. Just ask someone in a wheelchair.

  2. I’m an OR fan, too, but the reality is that Folsom IS the story. They have built a powerhouse program that is ranked #3 in the state and their only loss in 2 years is to #1 de la Salle. There is nothing unfair about KCRA giving Folsom the amount of respect they deserve. The Bee covered the outcome in the same manner – all Folsom. Gives Oak Ridge something to aspire to. OR had a great year, but they lost 2 games to Folsom by 30+ points each time. Need to take it up another notch.

  3. The Bulldogs may be a powerhouse, but they will loose again to De La Salle what does that say?

    • Odds are, the Bulldogs will lose… but upsets happen. That’s why the game is played. And Folsom earned the right to play it out. We’ll see what the past year means to this year’s match-up. Hopefully the young men will not be as intimidated as they seemed last year. If they protect their QB and contain DLS’s running game somewhat, they certainly have a good chance to win. I’d like to see it come down to who has the ball last, vs. a blow-out.

      • The Spartans are 248-0-2 against NorCal teams since 1991. No, that’s not a misprint! Folsom is a great team and I hope they win. Anything can happen in a game. Maybe there will be a power failure at halftime and they will come back for a win!!

  4. I think it was fair to cover Folsom because the week before we got a lot of recognition for beating pleasant grove. It was even on the news. Almost every week it shows all the teams playing on the highschool sports on fox and kcra3 at 11. I’m so proud of our boys for having such an awesome season!!!!

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