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Folsom wins and loses as Stanford-bound star Walker Lyons suffers broken leg

Tight end's severe lower right leg injury dampens impressive 47-18 opening-night win over Monterey Trail.

Austin Mack passed for five touchdowns, two each to Onterrio Smith, Jr. and Rico Flores, Jr. as SBLive Northern California-ranked No. 2 Folsom rolled Monterey Trail 47-18 on Friday night at Prairie City Stadium in a season opener.

But it was a somber post-game mood for the Bulldogs.

In the first quarter, Stanford-bound tight end Walker Lyons went down awkwardly on a tackle inside the Monterey Trail 10, breaking his lower right leg. He was taken off the field by stretcher, though he was able to wave to the crowd. He underwent surgery Friday night and will miss the season.

Flores Jr had seven catches for 155 yards and had scoring grabs of 71 and 56 yards from Mack, a 6-foot-6 junior who replaced 2021 graduated Folsom star and Sacramento Bee Player of the Year Tyler Tremain.

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Mack completed 19 of 25 passes for 334 yards and five touchdowns. He was 13 of 15 in the first half for 231 yards and three touchdowns. 

Folsom coach Paul Doherty was quite somber after the game. He told Joe Davidson of The Sacramento Bee: "Here’s a kid who was new to football (when he got to high school), trying to learn to play tight end, then becomes a good player, then all the recruiting chaos, and he finally arrived at a place where he was at peace and was ready to genuinely enjoy football with his teammates...and this happens. He was really in the moment as a senior, which is what you want and hope for. It’s just heartbreaking.”