Cathedral Catholic knew it was in for a challenge against Folsom, the No. 3-ranked team in the state coming into the season.
The Dons were still confident they could make a game of it.
Folsom, led by one of the top quarterbacks in the nation in senior Jake Browning, defeated Cathedral 55-10 Friday night in the season opener for both schools.
Browning passed for 5,737 yards and 75 touchdowns last season for the Bulldogs.
The Dons were confident they could limit Browning’s effectiveness.
Browning passed for 468 yards and seven touchdowns — five of them in the first two quarters when the Bulldogs built a 34-3 lead.
“They’re obviously extremely good,” said Cathedral coach Sean Doyle. “That quarterback is as good as any quarterback we’ve ever faced, and that’s a lot of good quarterbacks.
“A team like this you have to be on your A game, and we weren’t on our A game.”
Cathedral was limited to a 30-yard field goal by Tim Semenza in the second quarter and a 4-yard TD run by Currie Thomasson at the end of the third quarter.
“Our youth showed and against a team like this, they’re going to take advantage of it,” said Doyle.
The longtime coach gathered his players in the Dons weight room after the game and spoke with them for several minutes. He was not discouraged in the least by the outcome.
“As crazy as this sounds, we’re close,” said Doyle. “The score doesn’t look like it, but we’re fine.”