The stage is set for one of the most fascinating Sac-Joaquin Section football games in recent memory.
No. 1 Folsom (12-1) and No. 2 St. Mary’s (12-1) lock horns in the Division I title game at 6 p.m. Saturday at Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium.
Folsom broke green-and-white hearts last November, taking a Division I semifinal over St. Mary’s 56-49 after the Rams had not one but two multi-touchdown leads.
St. Mary’s returns with many of the same faces, including five three-year varsity players who were also around for 2014′s section finals loss to Sacramento-Grant.
My “Know Thine Enemy” blog returns to break down this version of the Bulldogs:
Record: 12-1, 6-0 Sierra Foothill League
Recent history: Four-time defending section champions. Folsom has seven section titles total, and has appeared in eight section finals.
Notable alumni: Washington quarterback Jake Browning is a true sophomore, and in consideration for the Heisman Trophy. Alabama offensive lineman Jonah Williams, a true freshman, has been one of the budding stars of the SEC. Both will be first-round NFL draft picks at some point.
Players to Watch:
No. 1 Joe Curry (QB, senior): 3,511 passing yards, 50 touchdowns, 7 interceptions
No. 7 Davin Simmons (RB/LB, junior): 926 rushing yards, 5 touchdowns
No. 2 Drake Stallworth (WR/DB, senior): 53 catches, 1,141 yards, 18 touchdowns
No. 14 Keoni-Zagata-vera (DL/RB, senior): 45 tackles, 11 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries
Head coach: Kris Richardson — was formerly co-coaches with Troy Taylor, but Taylor departed to be the quarterbacks coach at Eastern Washington. Richardson arrived in 2005, and since, Folsom has gone 132-25-1, with state championships in 2010 and 2014.
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