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Bee file, 2012. Jake Browning and the Folsom Bulldogs are projected to be the Sac-Joaquin Section's top seed in Division II.

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High school football: Browning joins a long list of prolific Folsom quarterbacks

Published: Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2C
Last Modified: Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 - 11:04 am

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.

Saturday, 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 took 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 started 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'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), Dano Graves (Air Force) and his brother David Graves (Hawaii), or, for that matter, Saturday'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 setting passing records.

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 most of the game 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 1-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 has only four rushes this season. "But we have really good running backs, so they take the load off my back."

Folsom junior Harry Lipnosky rushed for 85 yards on 10 carries and caught a touchdown pass. Sophomore Bailey Laolagi rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown in seven carries.

In other games:

Sacramento 41, Rosemont 21 in Oak Park – Josiah Johnson completed 28 of 37 passes for 408 yards and five touchdowns and ran for a score as the Dragons (5-2, 3-1) downed the Wolverines (4-3, 3-1) in a Metro Conference game.

Louis Macklin had eight catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns and Damen Wheeler five catches for 122 yards and two scores.

Whitney 36, Rio Americano 6 – Sutter Choisser rushed for 114 yards and three touchdowns, Drew Romo passed for two touchdowns, and J.R. Robinson and Geno Chiarpotti each had two of their team's eight total sacks as the visiting Wildcats (6-1, 2-0) defeated the Raiders (3-4, 1-1) in a Capital Athletic League game.

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