Records could continue to fall for the Folsom Bulldogs as they expect to play until the season’s final weekend.
Folsom (14-0) plays Grant (14-0) on Friday night at Sacramento State for the CIF Northern California Division I Regional championship, with the winner earning a shot at the D-I state title in Carson on Dec. 19.
While setting the national high school record for career touchdown passes with 220 over three seasons last week during a Sac-Joaquin Section championship win over Tracy, senior quarterback Jake Browning also became the state’s season record holder with 86 total scores. It was one more than Dano Graves had for Folsom during the 2010 CIF State championship season. Browning’s 82 touchdown passes this season are a national record for larger-school programs and rate second on the all-time national prep list behind Corey Robinson’s 91 for small-school Lone Oak-Kentucky in 2007, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations.
Folsom senior receiver Cole Thompson is two touchdown receptions shy of tying the state season record, according to the Cal-Hi Sports record book, and three from tying the national mark set by Kirby Moore of Prosser-Washington in 2008. The Harvard-bound Thompson has 71 catches for 1,562 yards, and his 31 touchdowns rate him fourth nationally all-time.
“He’s had an incredible year,” Folsom co-coach Kris Richardson said, adding that the same can be said of Josiah Deguara, who has 104 catches for 1,552 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Folsom’s 795 points are a regional record, topping Elk Grove’s 789 during its 14-0 season of 1998. The NorCal record, according to Cal-Hi Sports, is Central Catholic’s 802 in 2012 for a 14-2 CIFState D-IV title team.
The state record is 880 by Bloomington’s 14-0 team in 1994.
Rankings update – Folsom and Grant remained third and sixth, respectively, in the Cal-Hi Sports state rankings with a new No. 1 team that has been there many times.
With previous No. 1 St. John Bosco of Bellflower losing to Centennial of Corona 48-41 in the Southern Section Pac-5 title game, Centennial moved from No. 4 to No. 2, jumping over Folsom. It gives Cal-Hi the game it wants between No. 1 De La Salle – moving up from No. 2 – and Centennial on Dec. 20 for the CIF State Open championship in Carson.
This is Grant’s highest state ranking since it was rated No. 1 for 13 weeks of the 2010 season. The Pacers eventually lost to Folsom in the section D-II title game, and the Bulldogs went on to a state championship.
Unsung performers – Lost amid the star power for Folsom is senior linebacker Tyler Crandall, who leads the Bulldogs in tackles with 97.
Grant defensive lineman Jacques Cheatham has 115 tackles and a team-best 15 sacks. Carl Granderson has 14 sacks and David Moala 13 for the Pacers, who have 64 overall.
Ezell Grant leads the Pacers with five interceptions.
Tale of the tape – Grant has won seven section championships and one state title since 1992. Folsom has won six section titles and one state crown since 1989.
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