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    Folsom and Granite Bay high schools will play in two of the first-ever Northern California regional football playoffs, facing, respectively, De la Salle and St. Ignatius for an opportunity to play in the state championship bowl games Dec. 14-15. Here are key factors for success for each of the teams, written by The Bee's Joe Davidson. De La Salle photos are courtesy of Robert Sansoe; St. Ignatius photos are courtesy of Paul Ghiglieri.

    Open Division: Folsom (14-0) vs. De La Salle (13-0)

    Northern California regional championship: Dec. 8 at Sacramento State, 7:30 p.m.

    Folsom keys
    Passing: Jake Browning has had a record season in his first varsity campaign. He has passed for 4,968 yards and 61 touchdowns. He is third all-time in the state for single-season passing yards and two shy of the single-season touchdown passing mark. The sophomore is a master out of the prolific spread offense that averages 47 points a game with timing, touch and results.
    BRIAN BAER | Special to The Bee
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    Folsom keys
    Coaching: Co-coaches and the best of friends Kris Richardson, left, and Troy Taylor have unleashed the spread offense in recent seasons with an emphasis on defense under first-year coordinator Lou Baiz. Pedigree: Folsom was NorCal No. 1 at the end of the 1962 season with a 9-0 mark under coach Dewey Guerra, years before the playoffs were introduced. The Bulldogs won Sac-Joaquin Section titles in 1989 and '90 under coach Tom Doherty, a member of the 1962 Folsom team and the man who helped bring aboard Richardson and Taylor. Folsom in 2010 beat state-ranked No. 1 Grant in the section D-II finals at overflow Sacramento State and followed with a victory in the CIF State Division II Bowl over Serra of Gardena to cap a 14-1 season.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
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    Division I: Granite Bay (11-3) vs. St. Ignatius (10-3)

    Northern California regional championship: Dec. 7 at Sacramento State, 7:30 p.m.

    Granite Bay keys
    Quarterback: Grant Caraway (10) is as steady as steady goes, passing for 1,638 yards and 27 touchdowns and executing fakes and deception out of the Fly offense. The senior is a 4.5 student, too.
Folsom and Granite Bay high schools will play in two of the first-ever Northern California regional football playoffs, facing, respectively, De la Salle and St. Ignatius for an opportunity to play in the state championship bowl games Dec. 14-15. Here are key factors for success for each of the teams, written by The Bee's Joe Davidson. De La Salle photos are courtesy of Robert Sansoe; St. Ignatius photos are courtesy of Paul Ghiglieri.
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