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Folsom football adds a state honor to its accolades; Whitney hires head coach

After leading the Bulldogs to their second 16-0 season since 2014, coach Kris Richardson was named the Cal-Hi Sports Coach of the Year.
After leading the Bulldogs to their second 16-0 season since 2014, coach Kris Richardson was named the Cal-Hi Sports Coach of the Year. Special to The Bee

The good times continue for Folsom High School football.

After leading the Bulldogs to their second 16-0 season since 2014, coach Kris Richardson was named the Cal-Hi Sports Coach of the Year.

Folsom won the CIF State Division I-AA championship with a team that will return 16 starters, including Bee Player of the Year Joseph Ngata and Bee Offensive Player of the Year Kaiden Bennett. Folsom rolled to Sierra Foothill, Sac-Joaquin Section and Northern California titles and then beat Helix of La Mesa 49-42 on Dec. 15 at Sacramento State to win the state banner.

And more: Richardson and the Folsom team will be introduced during Thursday’s Sacramento Kings game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Golden 1 Center. The Kings recognized the Bulldogs after their 2014 state title and did the same for McClatchy girls basketball after the Lions won the 2015 CIF D-I championship.

Richardson has gone 111-9 this decade with seven league championships, six section banners and three CIF State trophies. He said the Cal-Hi accolade was “a great honor for the entire staff.” The Bulldogs coaching staff consists of Sam Cole, Doug Cosbie, Bobby Fresques, Rob Lobese, Tim McCandless, Jim Noble, Chris Parry, Jay Reddic, Brad Qualls, Justin Peterson and Ty Wilson.

Other Cal-Hi state large-school Coach of the Year honorees from this region:

▪ Palmer Muhl of Woodland in 1939 (Wolves went 8-0).

▪ Ron Lancaster of Cordova in 1979 (Lancers went 13-0 and finished ranked No. 3 nationally).

▪ Mike Alberghini of Grant in 2008 (Pacers went 14-0 and won the CIF State Open title).

▪ Mike Papadopoulos of Vacaville in 2011 (Bulldogs went 13-1 and won the section D-II championship).

▪ Ernie Cooper of Granite Bay in 2012 (Grizzlies won the CIF State D-I title).

New Wildcats coach – Whitney has named Zac McNally as its new football coach, replacing interim coach Jesse Armas.

Armas took over after Paul Doherty was relieved of his head coaching duties on the eve of the season due to his team violating CIF practice rules in terms of equipment usage.

McNally coached the last two seasons at Logan High in Union City, going 7-13. McNally played at De La Salle in the early 2000s.

Joe Davidson: 916-321-1280, @SacBee_JoeD

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