No. 2 Folsom (6-0, 2-0) is the premier program in the Sac-Joaquin Section and took a big step to holding that claim with a 35-14 win at No. 17 Granite Bay (5-1, 1-1). A scoring drive to close the first half shifted momentum to the Bulldogs, which scored three touchdowns in the third quarter.
Folsom is 20-0 in the SFL since entering the league in 2014. It has won 31 straight league games dating back to the Delta River League.
With Granite Bay leading 7-0, Folsom got the equalizer score when junior Kaiden Bennett found junior Joseph Ngata on a jump ball for a six yard score. The Bulldogs got the ball back off a Granite Bay turnover.
Folsom added two touchdown runs from Bennett, including a 73 yard scamper, in the first five minutes of the third quarter to make it a 14 point lead. After a Ryan Smith (6-foot-7 senior tight end to note) for Granite Bay hauled in a score, Joseph Ngata produced a highlight reel 80 yard touchdown run where he went left to right and then back left to end the third quarter.
Joseph Ngata, 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, is one of the standouts in a talented 2019 class in Northern California. His presence on the outside opens up everything else in Folsom’s offense, including the running of Bennett and sophomore Daniyel Ngata. Finding ways to get him more involved was a key second half adjustment for the Bulldogs.
Granite Bay boasts one of the top defenses in the section and had success for a half of utilizing ball control offense, but couldn’t overcome the quick scores in the second half.
With three straight games against Vacaville, Del Oro and Folsom, Granite Bay gets a welcomed bye before hosting Oak Ridge on October 13.