High school football notes: Inderkum victory highlights a wild week

Published: Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 5C

The unpredictable high school football season continues with twists, turns and upsets.

A closer look at Week 4:

Tigers' tale – Inderkum beating previous Bee No. 3 Pleasant Grove 42-28 didn't qualify as the biggest upset in the Sac-Joaquin Section, but there isn't a Tigers player or coach who will argue that it was the greatest win in the program's history.

Most surprising was that Inderkum led 34-6 at halftime. The Tigers, who rose four spots to No. 9, pounced on four botched kickoffs to seize early control.

Inderkum has been a section Division III power under coach Terry Stark, who has tried to schedule a top Division I program and got one with Pleasant Grove.

C.J Spencer passed for 205 yards and accounted for two scores, and Kevin Blueford had 17 tackles for the Tigers.

Titans towering – Burbank coach John Heffernan scheduled tough opponents this season in an effort to prepare for the long run – a first-time visit to the section D-I final.

The No. 5 Titans downed Del Oro 28-23 with long touchdown runs by Ondrai White, Isaiah Williams and Calvin Green a week after inflicting similar damage to Grant.

Grizzlies growl – After falling to Southern California powers Westlake and Oaks Christian to open the season, No. 4 Granite Bay unleashed pent-up frustration against Vacaville, which came in ranked No. 3 in Northern California by MaxPreps.

Granite Bay led 40-6 at halftime and prevailed 47-21 behind two rushing touchdowns by John Cooley and one by Tony Ellison. The series between these rivals stands at 4-4-1.

Trojans test – Sixth-ranked Oak Ridge belted previous No. 11 Grant 42-14 behind Jason Samuels' three touchdown passes and a defense that pitched a second-half shutout.

Grant has it no easier this week with No. 16 Del Oro coming to Del Paso Heights on Friday, with both teams desperate for a win.

Franklin fury – Second-ranked Franklin stretched a 9-3 halftime lead into a 23-3 victory over Cosumnes Oaks in front of a packed Elk Grove stadium that the programs share. Marcus Green had three interceptions for Franklin, and Christian Fonbuena rushed for two touchdowns.

Placer power – Seventh-ranked Placer led Casa Roble 43-0 early in the third quarter with defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes recording 3 1/2 sacks and won 63-21.

This comes three weeks after the Hillmen defeated Modesto's Central Catholic 48-30.

Central recently edged St. Mary's of Stockton 28-21, and St. Mary's fell to national powerhouse De La Salle of Concord 21-13 Friday. De La Salle is 224-0-2 against Northern California teams since 1991.

Top games this week – Third-ranked Nevada Union visits No. 1 Elk Grove on Friday in a meeting of longtime rivals who live by the wing-T.

• Vacaville hosts Oak Ridge on Friday in a homecoming of sorts for Trojans coach Eric Cavaliere. He played at Vacaville in the 1980s and got into coaching because of Tom Zunino, the late Vacaville coach.

• Franklin hosts No. 13 Jesuit at Cosumnes Oaks on Friday, pitting its fast defense against Marauders quarterback Thomas Sperbeck.

Browning watch – Folsom sophomore quarterback Jake Browning has opened the season with touchown passing efforts (in order) of 10, four, two and one.

Has his arm fallen off? No, the unbeaten and No. 8 Bulldogs also have a running game.

THE BEE'S TOP 20

PR – previous ranking

School W-L PR

1. Elk Grove 4-0 1

2. Franklin 4-0 2

3. Nevada Union 3-1 4

4. Granite Bay 1-2 6

5. Burbank 3-0 7

6. Oak Ridge 4-0 10

7. Placer 3-0 8

8. Folsom 4-0 9

9. Inderkum 3-0 13

10. Pleasant Grove 2-2 3

11. Del Campo 2-2 14

12. Cosumnes Oaks 3-1 12

13. Jesuit 3-0 15

14. Rio Linda 3-0 17

15. Antelope 3-1 18

16. Del Oro 0-3 5

17. Grant 1-3 11

18. Monterey Trail 2-1 19

19. El Camino 3-1 20

20. Yuba City 4-0 –

– Joe Davidson

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