The Grant Pacers faced the nation’s best quarterback in the Folsom Bulldogs’ Jake Browning, who last week set a national passing touchdown record, in Friday’s NorCal championship game at Sacramento State.
Despite a battle of two undefeated teams, it was the Bulldogs, who used a huge second and third quarter scoring drive to upend the Pacers 52-21. With the victory, the Bulldogs advanced to the state championship for the first time since 2010, where they were crowned champions in Division II.
Folsom (15-0) will now meet up with the undefeated Oceanside Pirates in Division on Friday, Dec. 19 at 8:00 p.m. at the Home Depot Center in Carson.
Grant suffered their first loss of the season and they finish with an overall record of 14-1.
In the first quarter, Folsom suffered a setback, as Browning launched a pass, but Ezell Grant was there with the Pacers interception.
The Pacers defense held Folsom’s potent offense to just 3 points in the 1st quarter.
Grant’s offense wasn’t able to move the ball against the Bulldogs defense. On their only drive of the first half, Pacers’ Donovan Brown hit Ariyon Huff, who was held outside the endzone. Grant was forced to attempt a field goal, but it was missed wide right.
In the second quarter, the Bulldogs and Browning began to find their rhythm. Browning found Cole Thompson for the 25-yard touchdown and Folsom went on top 10-0.
On Folsom’s next possession, the hand off went to the Josiah Deguara, who then passed it right back to wide open quarterback Jake Browning, who scored from six yards out. Folsom extended the lead to 17-0.
Then before the end of the half, the Folsom defense made their presence known. The Pacers tried to set up a screen and Bailey Laolagi made an interception and scored the touchdown.