Oak Ridge running back Davin Simmons dives for a short gain against Folsom. Village Life photo by Mark Studyvin

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Troy falls to the Bulldogs

By November 07, 2017

Oak Ridge 28, Folsom 42

In a showdown of the top two ranked and undefeated teams in the region Oak Ridge could not overcome turnovers and 28 points Folsom scored in the second quarter, losing 42-28.

The Oak Ridge Trojans (9-1, 5-1) gave up first place in the Sierra Foothill League to the Folsom Bulldogs (10-0, 6-0) in the loss that comes a year after the Trojans lost 17-16 on a last-second two-point conversion attempt.

The Bulldog bluechip quarterback Kaiden Bennett scored a total of five touchdowns on the night, throwing for 233 yards and three scores while rushing for 90 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

Senior Oak Ridge wide receiver Austin Jarrard caught two touchdown passes from Marco Baldacchino and 116 yards receiving on offense while recording 3 solo tackles from his defensive end position.

Baldacchino was 9 for 16 with 197 yards passing and 97 yards rushing on 17 carries. Oak Ridge backup quarterback Cooper Crick added a fourth quarter score in relief of Baldacchino.

Trojan defenders Sam Sanders and Braeden Anderson notched 8 tackles each, Nate Otto 7 tackles with a sack and Eli Otero tallied 5 tackles and a sack.

Both Oak Ridge and Folsom have automatic bids to the CIF-SJS tournament and could potentially face each other again in the finals.

The Trojans play its first-round playoff game at home against Lincoln of Stockton oat 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9.

Noel Stack

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