How about that for a smashing debut?
Winning the quarterback job in the last week, Jake Browning had a debut game to remember, and an outing of record proportions.
The Folsom High School sophomore completed 34 of 51 passes for 686 yards and a national-record tying 10 touchdowns. He was intercepted just once and was not sacked, in triggering a 68-28 victory over host Woodcreek in a season opener in Roseville.
The yards represent a Sac-Joaquin Section single-game record and the touchdowns make for as amazing a debut as one could imagine. Not bad for a first-year varsity player who calmly stepped in for graduated state-record holder Tanner Trosin, now at Cal Poly. Trosin in 2011 became the first quarterback in state history to pass for 5,000 yards in a single season and the first to amass 6,000 yards in a season.
He replaced Dano Graves, the 2010 MaxPreps National Player of the Year who accounted for a state-record 86 touchdowns in powering Folsom to the 2010 Division II state championship. Graves is at Air Force.
Welcome to the QB legacy family, young Browning.
"Incredible game," Folsom co-coach Kris Richardson said, heaping praise on co-coach Troy Taylor, who has mentored Browning. "We knew we had something special in him. He can really sling it. He knows the offense inside and out. We want an accurate guy and he's accurate. Totally mature, ready to do his thing. It's exciting."
Richardson raved about his offensive line of Josh Wormley, Reed Garmsen, Dalton Bledsoe, Mike D'Ottavio and Cody Creason and the receivers.
Phillip Carter, he of the Ivy League recruiting interest, had 10 catches for 317 yards and five touchdowns, Lucas Owan had 13 for 236 and two and Troy Knox 8 for 102 and two.
Richardson defended any notion that his team ran up the score. He explained that spread teams don't run the ball. Passing is their run game, and Folsom rarely punts, even in close games.
"Our run game is our quick pass-game, and it's no different than a power-I team running all over someone. We make a short catch on a bubble screen when they blitz seven and he's gone. They blitzed seven all night. That's the risk-reward when you blitz the house."
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