There was no doom and despair in the expressions or voices of the Folsom football coaches the other night. Why? For a loss?
Grant erased a 16-7 halftime deficit with a third-quarter flurry and then pulled away for a 43-16 victory in a season opener in Del Paso Heights. The same thing happened a year ago, at Folsom, on ESPN. Folsom responded nicely, rolling to a state Division II championship.
Folsom will regroup here, too, with a new cast of leaders, including Tanner Trosin and JJ Muldrow on offense and Ben Trujillo and Alex Wood among others on defense. The next two tests are steep - at San Ramon Valley on Saturday, a team led by Cal-bound quarterback Zack Kiline, and at home against Roseville.
Trosin passed for 345 yards against Grant, 170 of those yards going to Muldrow. Trosin was pressured in the second half - Grant coach Mike Alerghini said later "it's not as much fun when you're getting hit, but Trosin is very, very good" - and threw three interceptions.
After the game, Richardson addressed his Bulldogs and said, "We've been here before. Is this the end of the season? No. Did anyone quit after Grant beat us last year? No.
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