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De La Salle grabbed early lead and never looked back in 31-10 win over Folsom

Photo Credit: The Mercury News (Jose Carlos Fajardo)

FOLSOM, CALIFORNIA— The De La Salle Spartans and the Folsom Bulldogs are two of the best high school football programs in Northern California. Whenever the two schools would face, chances are the matchup would have a whole lot on the line. However, the Spartans, who have a rich history dating back to the 1990s, came into the matchup in unfamiliar territory.

De La Salle was not used to have two losses by the time they were set to face Folsom. The Spartans were defeated by a powerhouse St. Frances Academy program from Baltimore, Maryland, and they were unexpectedly upset by St. Francis earlier this season. Folsom came into the game 6-0, and thought they were the team took give the Spartans their first loss. But Spartan wide receiver and cornerback, Zeke Berry, put the Spartans in the position they needed to be in early on, and they didn’t look back from there.

Folsom kicked the ball off to De La Salle to start the game, and Zeke Berry, who is committed to the University of Arizona, returned the opening kickoff 88 yards to give the Spartans an earl 7-0 lead (PAT good).

The Spartan defense then came up with a huge stop and a forced turnover on downs on Folsom’s first drive. The Bulldogs went down the field inside the De La Salle 20-yard line, but the Spartans halted their momentum and gave the offense the ball from there. De La Salle quarterback, Luke Dermon, then did some running of his own. He broke free on a quarterback keeper for a 56-yard touchdown, making the score 14-0 (PAT good). Everything was going the way the Spartans needed it to go, and the first quarter ended with them in the lead by two scores.

De La Salle forced another Folsom punt to start the second quarter after they were forced to punt as well. But Spartan defensive linemen, Chase Tofaeono, blocked the punt, and gave De La Salle the ball at the Folsom 6-yard line. Running back, Charles Greer, took advantage of the great field position, ran in for a 6-yard score, and extended their lead to 21-0 (PAT good). The Spartans went down the field once again on their next drive, but they were unable to get in the end zone. They settled for a 43-yard field goal to go ahead 24-0.

But Folsom finally found some rhythm, as quarterback Tyler Tremain, connected with tight end, Walker Lyons, to lead the Bulldogs inside the De La Salle 15-yard line. Tremain then found DJ Brown for a 15-yard touchdown, and the first half ended with the score 24-7 (PAT good).

Tremain went back to work to start the second half. He connected with his receivers, and led the Bulldogs to the De La Salle 44-yard line. The De La Salle defense forced 4th down and 13 for the Bulldogs, in which Bulldogs were unable to convert. The Folsom defense then came up with a stop of their own, stopping the run on 4th down and 1 and giving the offense the ball back at their own 30-yard line. But De La Salle continued to dominate, as linebacker, Carson Jones, intercepted a pass from Tyler Tremain, and gave the offense the ball at their own 27 to end the third quarter.

Folsom stopped De La Salle once again, and gave the offense the ball back to start the fourth quarter. Tremain found Walker Lyons on a crucial 3rd down and 1 to bring Folsom to the De La Salle 49-yard line. He then brought the Bulldogs to the 15-yard line, but was unable to get in the end zone. The Bulldogs settled for a 33-yard field goal to make the score 24-10.

The Bulldogs thought they had just enough time to get back in the game. That was until Luke Dermon found tight end and Notre Dame Commit, Cooper Flanagan, for a 75-yard touchdown, making the score 31-10. Folsom was brought with more bad news shortly after, as Tyler Tremain was brought out of the game after a big hit. The Spartan defense forced one more turnover on downs, and they were then able to run out the rest of the clock to go away with a 31-10 win.

De La Salle improves to 4-2 on the year, and they take on California next week at home on Friday, October 15th at 7 PM PT (10 PM ET). Folsom suffers their first loss of the season, and falls to 6-1. They look to get back in the winning column next week on the road against Rocklin on Friday, October 15th at 7 PM PT (10 PM ET).

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