The undefeated Elk Grove Thundering Herd hosts the 10-2 Folsom Bulldogs in the Division II Section Semifinals in Friday's News10 Game of the Week.
ELK GROVE, CA - A highly anticipated Division II Sac-Joaquin Section semifinal playoff matchup is this Friday's News10 Game of the Week, as the undefeated (2) Elk Grove Thundering Herd host (6) Folsom Bulldogs.
The winner will earn the right to face the winner of Friday's other Division II semifinal game between (1) Buhach Colony and (4) Vacaville Bulldogs. The Division II championship will take place on December 2nd or 3rd at Sacramento State.
The Bulldogs (10-2) are coming off a decisive 45-14 win over the (3) Inderkum Tigers last Friday. In that game senior quarterback Tanner Trosin, the state's top ranked quarterback, was simply brilliant, going 17-for-23, with 306 passing yards, and connecting on three touchdowns, while rushing for another.
Senior wide receiver J'Juan Muldrow, Trosin's favorite target combined for three touchdowns, all in different ways, on the night for the Bulldogs. Muldrow tossed one, rushed for another and hooked up with Trosin for his third touchdown.
On the season the duo has provided some of the nation's best numbers. Trosin, following in the footsteps of last year's prolific Folsom quarterback Dano Graves, has cemented his own legacy with the Bulldogs with 4,401 passing yards (averaging 366.8 yards per game), a quarterback rating of 117, 42 passing touchdowns, 15 interceptions, 941 rushing yards, 18 rushing touchdowns and leading his defending State Championship Folsom team to an impressive 10-2 record.
Folsom's only losses on the year came to the dangerous Grant Pacers in Week Zero and to the talented Pleasant Grove Eagles two weeks before the playoffs began.
Prior to defeating Inderkum, the Bulldogs opened the playoffs with a home win over (11) Rio Linda, and remains on the road when they head to Elk Grove to face a strong defense and potent running attack in the undefeated Thundering Herd (12-0).
They are quite possibly the surprise of the season, as Elk Grove, who last year failed to even make the playoffs, finished 4-6. Many of the same players returned this year, with a new approach and sense of commitment; and the Elk Grove community has taken notice.
A school with a rich and winning football tradition, had fallen on tough times and losing season over the past four years, since 2007 when they went 12-1, only to fall to Napa that year in the Section Playoffs.
This year, the Herd boasts an impressive defense, one of the best offensive lines in the Section, anchored by Arizona bound Steven Moore, and the two headed running attack from senior Deon Ransom and junior Robert Frazier.
Behind Moore, Ransom and Frazier have put up some stellar numbers and the Herd have blown out opponents all season long.
Ransom has rushed for 1,732 yards and 27 touchdowns - seven in the past two playoff games. Frazier has notched up 1,379 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns of his own.
More impressively, both standout in Elk Grove's shutdown secondary, which will get quite the test against Trosin and his Bulldogs receivers on Friday.
In a season filled with blowout victories, the Herd's toughest opposition came in a 21-14 win over Grant. The highest point total scored by Elk Grove's opposition in any game was 18 points by Davis, who lost 17. Along with the win over the Grant Pacers, the Herd's opposition includes Nevada Union in Grass Valley, Franklin of Elk Grove and Monterey Trail.
Friday's News10 Game of the Week - a Sac Joaquin Section Division II Semifinals Semifinal between the Thundering Herd and the Bulldogs will kickoff at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, at Elk Grove High School.
By Sean Cunningham, SCunningham@News10.net