FOLSOM – The Folsom High School enters the 2014 season as the number one ranked team in the CIF Sac-Joaquin section, top five in the state, and top fifteen in the country.
The hype is well deserved after the Bulldogs won back to back section titles, and will return a heavy senior roster led by quarterback Jake Browning who threw for more than 57-hundred yards and set a single season state record with 75 touchdowns.
“My class in general has had a pretty successful high school career and we want to finish it off the best way possible,” Browning told News10. “It is weird when you think about a lot of people I’m playing with have been Jr. Bulldogs since they were 8, 10 years together and now we are seniors.”
One of those seniors is wide receiver Josiah Deguara who caught 104 of Browning’s passes for more than 13-hundred yards and 16 touchdowns. Deguara believes the team’s maturity and experience will carry them this season.
“We are pretty senior heavy this year and we have a lot of guys who have been on the team 3 years as sophomore,” said Deguara. “I think if we let all the hype get into our head, if we let it affect our play, that’s biggest challenge we need to overcome is ourselves.”
“This year we are way more physical, we are way more big and strong,” said Sam Whitney, “We are way more better and prepared. And being a senior this year and having this be our last season, it’s like, we gotta win.”
Head Coach Kris Richardson calls this group special.
“I’ve watched them grow up through the Jr. Bulldog program, they are great kids, they have won at every level, back to back section champions,” Richardson said. “So we are experienced, and you add in a junior class that went undefeated in junior varsity and they molded together really well.”
The Bulldogs open the season on the road against San Diego powerhouse Cathedral Catholic.