One More For Preston

One More For Preston

The pigskin will be flying around the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, this weekend when the undefeated Serra Cavaliers and SMU commit Conner Preston hook up with 13-1 Folsom in the CIF State Division II Bowl Game. It's the final game in Preston's illustrious career, and the senior quarterback hopes to finish off the year with a 30th consecutive victory.

Serra, 14-0 on the season, is known for its ability to score points. The Cavaliers have posted 581 points this fall and haven't been held to less than 34 points.

Enter Folsom, which has scored a staggering 728 points en route to a 13-1 mark. The Bulldogs were hammered in their season opener by Grant (Sacramento, Ca.), 49-14, but that loss was avenged last week in a rematch won by Folsom, 41-20.

Bulldogs quarterback Dano Graves has accounted for a shocking combination of 59 touchdown passes and 20 TD runs. Oregon State commit Tyler Trosin leads the Folsom receiving corps with 66 catches for 1,216 yards with 24 touchdowns.

Stanford commit Jordan Richards also has 66 receptions, to go along with 11 touchdowns and 1,011 yards, and Kori Babineaux has hauled in 51 passes.

"Folsom's a great team that - interestingly enough - is very similar to us," said Serra QB Conner Preston, who is committed to SMU. "Both of us like to sling it around a lot, and I'm excited to get the opportunity to go head up with one of the best teams in California for my last game. It's going to be a shootout."

The Bulldogs turned quite a few heads, to say the least, by upsetting highly-touted Grant last week. Grant entered the game undefeated with a roster stacked full of college prospects, such as four-star safety James Sample, three-star LB Darryl Paulo, five-star DT Viliami Moala, and five-star junior safety Shaquille Thompson.

Graves, who stands only 5-foot-9, riddled the Grant secondary for four touchdown passes. The 185-pound senior has only been intercepted five times, with two of those picks coming last week. He also ran for 129 yards with two more scores vs. Grant.

Meanwhile, Preston threw for four touchdown passes of his own in Serra's win over Arroyo Grande last weekend. Over the past five weeks, he's connected for 16 TDs with no interceptions.

For the season, Preston has completed 167 of 251 attempts for a state-leading 3,508 yards with 42 TDs and only six picks. His favorite targets are USC commit George Farmer and Marqise Lee.

-Josh Harvey-

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