By Joe Davidson
Tanner Trosin got the record by a mile, but the team hoisting the blue banner was a mob of football players clad in black and orange.
Getting the one stop it absolutely had to have, the upstart Vacaville Bulldogs held Folsom and Trosin on downs on its 40 with 2:28 to play and then ran out the clock to seal an edge-of-your-seat 39-35 triumph at Sacramento State to win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship.
Seedings wise, this was no upset as the Bulldogs of Solano County came in rated fourth in the field, and Vacaville was coming off an impressive 27-17 win over unbeaten and top-seeded Buhach Colony. Vacaville (13-1) fully expected this.
But the expressions on the No. 6 Bulldogs of Folsom (11-3) told a different story. The defending section and state champions craved a repeat here and a bowl shot, and with Trosin at the reigns, there was hope down to the last minute. Trosin certainly did his part in becoming the first player in state history to eclipse 5,000 passing yards in a single season with a national-record setting 99-yard touchdown strike to Carson McMurtrey for a 14-7 lead in the second quarter. Trosin passed for 407 yards, giving him 5,185 yards on the season. He hit J'Juan Muldrow 13 times for 177 yards and three touchdowns and he found McMurtrey 12 times for 224.
Trosin rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown and his 6,349 yards makes him the state's all-time single season all-purpose leader. Trosin has 49 touchdown passes this season and 20 rushing and his style of play prompted Vacaville coach Mike Papadopoulos to say this week that Folsom "plays perfect offensive football."
Vacaville doesn't feature any offensive dynamos like Troisn, but these Bulldogs present a bruising offensive line, a staple of speed backs out of the wing-T and a defense that tightened with a fourth-quarter shutout. Most of all, Vacaville refused to be bullied and battered like it was last season against Folsom in a playoff game, losing 75-6 in the driving rain when Folsom.
Papadopoulos said Vacaville fumbled 10 times in that game, yet used that same ball in practices this season, cursed that ball and finally buried it.
For Vacaville, Curtis Goins rushed for 132 yards on 25 carries with two touchdowns, Melvin Mason had 23 for 111 and two scores and Terrance Truebloo had 12 for 100 and a touchdown. Vacaville rushed 65 times for 335 yards.
So now what? Can Vacaville, winners of 12 consecutive games, clinch a bowl bid? This coming week will be one of anxiety and waiting. The state's 10 section commissioners meet on Dec. 11 to vote on the state bowl teams. Vacaville's argument includes a nonleague victory over Granite Bay, which beat Pleasant Grove in the D-I title game on earlier Saturday. Vacaville has lost only 33-29 at Marin Catholic of Kentfield, a team that could secure a D-III bowl bid.
"Just a great win," said Papadopoulos, whose program won its second section title since 2006 said. "Can't be more proud."
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