October 13, 2012
Browning, Sperbeck put on shows in Folsom's win over Jesuit

Jake Browning is the latest in a long line of Folsom High School quarterbacks putting up prolific numbers running the innovative and evolving spread offense of coaches Kris Richardson and Troy Taylor.

Earlier today, in the No. 3 Bulldogs' 56-35 Delta River League win at Jesuit, Browning threw for 367 yards and six touchdowns.

The 6-foot-2 sophomore completed his first 16 passes and was 20 of 22 for 234 yards in the first half as the Bulldogs jumped to a 35-7 lead.

Browning spread the ball to nine different receivers - senior Nick Owan and junior Rodney Ellison each had nine catches and a touchdown - as Folsom (7-0, 2-0) scored on its first five possessions against the faltering Marauders (4-3, 0-2), who opened the season 3-0.

Through seven games Browning has passed for 2,731 yards and 31 touchdowns, including 10 when he made his debut Aug. 24 against Woodcreek.

"He's a really special kid," said Taylor, the former Cordova, Cal and New York Jets quarterback. "He doesn't get too high or too low. He's very consistent, makes good decisions, and he's obviously very accurate....I think he's the best player in the area, and he's only a sophomore."

But in one big way he's a lot different than his Folsom predecessors, Tanner Trosin (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo), Dano (Air Force) and David Graves (Hawaii), or, for that matter, today's opposing quarterback, Thomas Sperbeck, who better fits the mold of recent Folsom quarterbacks than does Browning.

All are highly mobile. Trosin and the Graves brothers also were Folsom's rushing leaders while compiling record-setting passing statistics.

Sperbeck's the same way.

Even though Jesuit was out of the game early, he kept things interesting with his feet and arm. He rushed for 252 yards, including touchdown dazzlers of 77 and 72 yards. He passed for 128 yards and two scores, including a 54-yarder to Jason Elenberger on the game's first play from scrimmage.

"He's fast and very athletic," Browning said of Sperbeck, who also played full-time at free safety.

The gangly Browning is still trying to find his sea legs.

So he could poke fun at himself when his number was called for a quarterback keeper inside the Jesuit one-yard line early in the first quarter.

It took Browning two attempts and a Jesuit penalty before he punched the ball across the goal line.

"That was pretty bad," said Browning, who had only four rushes this season. "But we have really good running backs, so they take the load off my back."

Junior Harry Lipnosky rushed for 85 yards on 10 carries and caught a touchdown pass and sophomore Bailey Laolagi had 67 yards and a touchdown in seven carries.

"Jake's strength is his passing," Richardson said. "But he's got running backs who he can let do the downhill work."

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