FOLSOM — Things started badly for the Edison High football team Friday night, and they got much worse before the Vikings had a chance to do anything about it.
Back-to-back pick sixes less than two minutes into a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinal bout dug Edison into a morale-demolishing hole, one the Vikings would never get close to climbing out of in a 64-28 loss to top-seeded Folsom.
Edison finishes its season with a 9-3 overall record, a league title for the first time since 1977 and a playoff win for the first time since 2003 last week against Gregori. Friday night’s loss, though, is one that’s going to sting for a while.
The Vikings received to start the game and, on a third-down play, junior quarterback Treyon Breckenridge threw an interception that was returned 18 yards the other way for a score.
After the ensuing kickoff, with Edison starting in the same spot, a 32-yard interception return made it a 13-0 Folsom lead at the 10:33 mark.
The Vikings brought Davis Raya-Ruiz in at quarterback from there, though it didn’t alter the outcome much. Edison committed a safety and three more turnovers in the first half alone, which was all the Bulldogs needed to make things lopsided early.
“It got ugly early,” head coach Booker Guyton said. “We couldn’t get out of our own way.”
Folsom’s senior star quarterback, future Boise State signal caller Kaiden Bennett, found time in his short start to show why he’s been the section’s top TD-thrower this season.
Bennett threw three touchdowns of 50, 40 and 31 yards in the opening quarter to help Folsom mount a 50-0 lead with 4:31 to play in the first. His night ended there, with the Bulldogs opting to give backup quarterback Jacob Reithmeier some work.
The Vikings did have a pair of fumble recoveries thanks to John Hillman and Zachary Taamu, and got on the board late in the second quarter when freshman running back Raleek Brown punched it in from close range.
In the third, with Edison trailing 64-7, Raya-Ruiz found Isaiah Evans for a short TD pass. Later in the third, Ezekiel Bush had a rushing score. And, in the fourth, Brown scored his second rushing touchdown of the night.
Beyond that, this was a Folsom showcase. Even though Edison outscored Folsom 28-14 after that fateful first quarter, the Vikings had far too many mistakes early to make it anything more.
“The stage wasn’t too big for us,” Guyton said. “We can’t make those kind of mistakes and be competitive at any level. They pounced on it.”
Folsom will move on to host No. 4 St. Mary’s, which beat No. 5 Sheldon 30-29, in next week’s Division-I semifinal, with the Bulldogs in search of a section straight section championship.
Edison, meanwhile, heads back to Stockton with a crushing loss as its last memory of the season. But it shouldn’t be the only memory. The Vikings still put together a historic season for the program, and Friday’s loss won’t take anything away from that.
“I told our kids, ‘you dealt with one of the best in the state.’ And they were,” Guyton said. “But I’m not dissatisfied with our team. It was a great run.
“This game doesn’t define our season. I’m really happy for what they’ve done for our school, our community. When I reflect on this season, I’m going to reflect on that.”