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September 7, 2013Matching up the defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division I and Division II champions, No. 2 Folsom held onto section supremacy with a 30-14 win over No. 3 and host Granite Bay.
The Bulldogs utilize the spread offense and are very creative in creating one-on-one matchups in space. They also create mismatches by putting men in motion and forcing the defense to switch assignments as the play develops. This offense depends heavily on the quarterback, which they have in Jake Browning, to make quick and accurate reads. It is also very important for the offensive line to protect and allow for the time needed for the receivers to work open. The line did not allow a sack tonight against a good Granite Bay defense.
Granite Bay uses a more balanced approach on offense and employs a fly back position with motion on almost every play. The prominent back in this scheme is Tony Ellison, an Arizona commit, who is very fast and decisive in his approach.
The Grizzlies used two quarterbacks on Friday with Josh Neal and Taylor Peterson. Wide receiver Marc Ellis (2014) had two touchdown catches, showed great route running and competed for the ball when it was in the air.
Granite Bay, as all teams do facing Folsom, had to choose its poison and favored pass coverage and "held" Browning to 249 yards and two scores. This allowed Folsom running back Bailey Laolagi to tear off big runs (121 yards and one touchdown) and to keep drives alive.
Jake Browning 6-foot-2, 190 pounds QB Folsom (2015): Browning is the prototypical pocket passer and when given time in this scheme, he will carve up any defense at the high school level. He possesses a strong arm, very good feet, and a great understanding of this offense. The one drawback might be his ability to escape pressure. On one particular play when pressured out of the pocket he did not panic and chose to throw the ball out of bounds and proceed to the next play. This type of play is rare at this level.
Cameron Smith 6-foot-3, 230 pounds LB Granite Bay (2015): Smith is a load in the middle of this defense and like Browning, he seems years ahead in the mental part of the game. Smith was lining up six to seven yards off the line of scrimmage and helping in pass coverage. His speed and awareness allows him to cover an array of receivers and make plays in space. When Folsom combated this approach and ran the ball, Smith was able to come up and physically make plays. At a point in the fourth quarter, the coaching staff lined him up in a 3-point stance and he rushed the passer effectively. He also had an interception tonight. Smith is a 4-star prospect and on the Rivals250 to Watch.
Tony Ellison 6-foot-0, 175 pounds WR Granite Bay (2014): The Arizona commit plays very fast and does not shy away from contact. Although not very big, he runs tough, makes decisive cuts and gets what he can out of plays. He does a good job of taking what is available and not always trying to make a big play when one isn't available. While a fly back in high school, he will be a wide receiver in college.