PREP FOOTBALL: Folsom blasts past Nevada Union, 54-7 |

PREP FOOTBALL: Folsom blasts past Nevada Union, 54-7

Folsom's Joe Curry is chased by Nevada Union defenders during their game at Hooper Stadium Friday night.
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Bulldogs 54, Miners 7


F: Davin Simmons 1-yard run (8:08) Troy Calderara kick

F: Brandon Rupchock 9-yard run (5:47) Calderara kick

F: Drake Stallworth 56-yard pass from Joe Curry (2:04) Calderara kick


F: Rupchock 4-yard run (9:32) Calderara kick

F: Kaiden Bennett 28-yard run (6:41) kick no good

F: Simmons 45-yard pass from Curry (3:35) Calderara kick

F: Stallworth 55-yard pass from Curry (1:13) Calderara kick


F: Mark Weldy 6-yard run (6:28) try no good

NU: Tyler Nielson 11-yard run (1:53) Owen Dal Bon kick

Nevada Union unveiled a new scoreboard at Hooper Stadium Friday night, and Folsom wasted no time lighting it up.

The reigning Sierra Foothill League and Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champion Bulldogs took it to the Miners, scoring 48 first half points en route to a 54-7 victory.

“It’s a reminder of why we shouldn’t be in this league,” said Nevada Union head coach Dennis Houlihan. “We played hard, but it’s just a reminder that there are some big-time juggernauts in this league.”

Folsom (7-1, 4-0 SFL) was unstoppable in the first half, scoring on all seven of their possessions. For the game, the Bulldogs amassed 622 yards from scrimmage, 360 of which came on the ground.

“We just got outmatched athletically and there’s nothing you can do,” said Houlihan. “We play hard, it was just out of our reach.”

Folsom got the scoring started early when Davin Simmons scored on a 1-yard run. Brandon Rupchock made it 14-0 after a 9-yard touchdown run. Drake Stallworth then pulled down a 56-yard touchdown pass from Joe Curry to make the score 21-0. Curry, Folsom’s senior quarterback, connected on 10-of-13 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns before sitting out much of the second half.

In the second quarter, Folsom tacked on a 4-yard touchdown run by Rupchock, a 28-yard touchdown run by Kaiden Bennett and a pair of screen passes that went for touchdowns to grab a 48-0 halftime lead.

The Miners (2-6, 0-4 SFL) finally put some points up on their side of the scoreboard when junior running back Tyler Nielson scored on an 11-yard touchdown run, in which he busted through a pair of defenders to cross the goal line. Nielson had 67 yards and the one score on 10 carries. Leading NU on the ground was sophomore Dawson Fay with 72 yards on 11 carries.


The Miners struggled mightily in the pass game all night. Battling the rain and a fierce Bulldogs pass rush, junior quarterback Owen Dal Bon completed just two passes for 34 yards. He was also sacked four times.


Defensively the Miners had no answers for Folsom’s impressive offensive attack as the Bulldogs were simply too strong in the trenches and their skill players made the most of any opening on the field. But, a bright spot for NU’s defense came when senior defensive lineman Cade Cassell notched a sack.


With the game pretty much decided at halftime, the Miners were able to get all of their active players an opportunity to play, said Houlihan.


With the loss to Folsom, the Miners will finish the season 0-5 at home for the second straight year. Nevada Union has just one home win since Houlihan took over as head coach, going 1-20 at Hooper Stadium since 2013.


Nevada Union has a bout with Granite Bay (1-6, 0-3 SFL) this upcoming Friday.


The junior varsity Miners had similar issues with Folsom, losing 41-0 Friday.

The Nevada Union freshmen team fared slightly better, losing 35-6. In the freshmen game, NU’s offensive line shined, opening holes for Seth Fisher who rushed for 118 yards. Tino Sanchez-Lane scored NU’s only touchdown.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email

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