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Franklin's Jabarri Johnson reaches for a pass, which fell incomplete, while being hit by Oak Ridge's Drew Lackowski (33) on Friday. Oak Ridge won 21-13 at Cosumnes Oaks High School in Elk Grove.

Prep football roundup: Jake Browning's 7 TDs leads No. 1 Folsom over No. 11 Roseville

Published: Saturday, Sep. 14, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Saturday, Sep. 14, 2013 - 8:12 pm

It wasn't that long ago that nationally ranked Folsom High School was trying to reach the elite status of Grant, Granite Bay and Del Oro.

The Bulldogs had four mediocre seasons before they went 9-2 and lost by three points to Napa in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs in 2008.

The next year, Folsom went 11-2 and made it to the D-II semifinals before losing a heartbreaker by a point to Del Oro.

Since then, the Bulldogs have climbed to the top of the heap.

They have gone a combined 42-5, won a CIF State Bowl title and two section banners, and last year played in the inaugural NorCal Open Division championship game against vaunted De La Salle of Concord.

After Jake Browning threw for seven touchdowns in Friday's 56-23 win in Folsom over No. 11 Roseville, the Bulldogs are 3-0 this season and ranked 16th nationally, No. 8 in California, No. 2 in Northern California and No. 1 by The Bee.

They are strong candidates to repeat as section champions and return to the CIF NorCal Open Division playoff.

So what gives? What put Folsom over the hump four years ago?

"We were so close those two years with David Graves and then Dano's (Graves) junior season," Folsom co-coach Kris Richardson said of the 2008 and 2009 seasons. "We were winning nine games during the regular season … and just getting closer and closer each time.

"But when we finally got that section championship and that state championship (in 2010), now the mentality was set. Winning is kind of expected now, and the bar has been set. We've got a good thing going."

Do they ever.

On Friday, Folsom dominated on both sides of the ball against a Roseville team riding high after knocking off Cosumnes Oaks and No. 13 Rio Linda the first two weeks.

Browning completed 22 of 32 passes for 348 yards. Four of his season-high seven touchdown passes went to Will McClure (eight catches, 162 yards). Browning now has 16 touchdown throws.

Defensively, the Bulldogs had seven sacks (2 1/2 each by Lukas Hendricks and Sam Whitney) and an interception by Mike McCuaig and held the Tigers to minus-10 rushing yards.

It doesn't hurt that Richardson and co-coach Troy Taylor developed a sophisticated spread offense that seems to get more potent each season.

But the biggest change has been on defense.

Whereas Folsom defenders once were viewed as soft and poor tacklers, they now have a punch-you-in-the-kisser toughness under defensive coordinator Lou Baiz, the former Sac State assistant.

No. 4 Oak Ridge 21, No. 10 Franklin 13 at Cosumnes Oaks – Ian Book threw three touchdown passes to Justin Priest, and the Trojans' defense held the Wildcats to a season-low point total.

No. 12 Rocklin 35, Whitney 7 at Whitney – Logan Webb threw for 204 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Blake Laurin, and Ryan Durgarian returned an interception 18 yards for a score as the Thunder topped the Wildcats in the Quarry Bowl.

No. 13 Rio Linda 27, No. 16 Antelope 7 in Rio Linda – Marcel Brown rushed for 176 yards and two touchdown on 17 carries, Leo Skattebo had 11 tackles, and the Knights held the Titans to 103 total yards.

No. 15 Monterey Trail 48, Valley 6 at Cosumnes River College – Donovan Robinson ran for a 60-yard touchdown and threw for a 35-yard score, and Jahmar Sexton returned a kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown as the Mustangs topped the Vikings.

No. 19 Vista del Lago 49, Laguna Creek 21 at Elk Grove – Matt Jimison passed for four touchdowns as the Eagles topped the Cardinals.

Capital Christian 21, Lathrop 12 at Capital Christian – Justice Shelton-Mosley rushed for touchdowns of 55, 4 and 3 yards to lead the Cougars.

Earlier in the day, Capital Christian 6-foot-6, 295-pound senior tackle and national recruit Nifae Lealao verbally committed to Stanford.

Christian Brothers 47, McClatchy 20 at Hughes Stadium – Mason Stahley returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown, and Ryan Graggs had a 34-yard interception for a touchdown to lead the Falcons over the Lions.

Ponderosa 24, Cordova 0 in Shingle Springs – Colby Chiverton threw two touchdown passes and rushed for another to lead the unbeaten Bruins over the Lancers.

Colfax 49, Union Mine 7 in Colfax – Michael Wilson completed 23 of 29 passes for 265 yards and five touchdowns for the Falcons.

Bear River 35, Woodland 7 in Lake of the Pines – Braden Duncan completed 7 of 8 passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns, and David Chorjel had 10 tackles and a fumble recovery for the Bruins.

Call The Bee's Bill Paterson, (916) 326-5506. The Bee's Joe Davidson and correspondent Trevor Horn contributed to this report.

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