After three consecutive tough nonleague tests, including Friday's 34-28 win over big, physical and athletic Terra Nova of Pacifica in Natomas, No. 9 Inderkum now turns its attention to Tri-County Conference play.
Inderkum (4-1) will put its 26-win, five-year league winning streak on the line at home again this Friday against visiting Yuba City.
Inderkum's league winning streak is the area's longest.
But Yuba City, which went 3-2 in nonleague play and is led by senior quarterback Taylor Elkins, has the talent to beat Inderkum if it doesn't play well, says Tigers coach Terry Stark.
"People outside of our league haven't noticed how good Yuba City has gotten in the last few years," Stark said. "Right now, they are playing the best of any of us."
Inderkum has lost only one league game in six seasons, 24-19 in 2006 to Pioneer, then coached by Joey Montoya, now at No. 6 Placer.
"We don't talk about the winning streak with the players, although they are aware of it," Stark said. "In the last two years, we've had lot of close games, including three or four we've had to pull out in the last couple of minutes."
Still, no one is crying for an Inderkum program that is 66-14 in Stark's seven seasons and appears to be as formidable as ever.
After beating No. 10 Pleasant Grove 42-28 in Week 3 and losing to No. 13 Rocklin 31-22 in Week 4, Inderkum faced another tough opponent in Terra Nova, whose mascot also is the Tigers.
Terra Nova (2-3) is a perennial Bay Area public school power under Bill Gray, who has coached high school football in Pacifica since 1971.
Last season, Terra Nova lost to eventual CIF State Bowl Division I runners-up Bellarmine of San Jose in the first round of the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs.
"At the time we both needed a game," Stark said. "It wasn't until I did some background checking and saw video that I realized how good they are."
Terra Nova was good enough to rally from a 28-6 deficit to tie the game 28-28 with 15.8 seconds to play in the third quarter, taking advantage of two Inderkum turnovers and a blocked punt.
But Inderkum went 63 yards in two plays, Terence White scoring on a 34-yard scamper with 2:01 to play, and Inderkum twice held Terra Nova on downs in the final quarter to pull out the win.
Inderkum senior Eric Walters rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries and White added 119 yards and two scores on 12 carries. Quarterback K'ren Spain led Terra Nova, completing 26 of 46 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for two touchdowns.
Stark is pleased with how his team has overcome a slew of injuries to finish with four wins, including 45-8 over Clovis East in Zero Week and 28-6 against Spanish Springs of Sparks, Nev., in Week 1.
He's lost two of his three top running backs. D.J. Myart, arguably the Tigers' best player, suffered a season-ending knee injury before the start of the season and returning all-leaguer Josh Montes has been hampered by a torn tendon in his foot since the second game.
No. 12 Cosumnes Oaks 55, Union Mine 7 in El Dorado D.J Rogers hauled in an 81-yard touchdown from Alex Kropp on the first play from scrimmage and had an 90-yard kickoff return for the Wolfpack in a Sierra Valley Conference opener.
No. 16 Rio Linda 15, Ponderosa 13 in Shingle Springs Danny Perez kicked a 43-yard field goal as time expired for the Knights, who handed the Bruins their first loss after a 4-0 start. Rio Linda was coming off a 16-14 loss to Center.
No. 18 Monterey Trail 28, Pioneer 3 in Woodland Sterling Powell returned a blocked punt 50 yards for a touchdown and Donovan Robinson tossed two touchdowns for the Mustangs, who won their fourth straight.
Del Oro 20, James Logan-Union City 13 (OT) in Loomis Zach Labar hit Cody Otten with a touchdown in overtime and Otten also knocked down a desperate fourth-down pass to seal it as the Golden Eagles stunned the Colts, NorCal ranked No. 3 by MaxPreps.
Del Oro (1-4) earned its first win after crushing recent losses to Westlake (16-13 in overtime), Burbank (28-23) and Grant (31-30).
Whitney 48, Rodriguez 0 in Rocklin Sutter Choisser rushed for three touchdowns and Andrew Huskey and Josh Gallofin returned interceptions for touchdowns as the Wildcats beat the Fairfield visitors.
McClatchy 46, Kennedy 6 at Hughes Stadium Keyantae Jennings had 12 tackles, two fumble recoveries and a safety; Kijafa Burgie rushed for 157 yards and three touchdowns; and Nick Modar completed 13 of 18 passes for 275 yards and four touchdowns in the Lions win over the Cougars.
THE TOP 20
1. ELK GROVE (5-0)
Next: Friday vs. Laguna Creek, 7:15 p.m.
2. FRANKLIN (5-0)
Next: Friday at No. 14 Grant, 7:15 p.m.
3. BURBANK (5-0)
Friday: Def. Sacramento 56-12
Next: Friday vs. Florin, 7:15 p.m.
4. OAK RIDGE (5-0)
Next: Friday vs. No. 5 Folsom, 7:15 p.m.
5. FOLSOM (5-0)
Next: Friday at No. 4 Oak Ridge, 7:15 p.m.
6. PLACER (5-0)
Friday: Def. Woodcreek 54-14
Next: Friday vs. Foothill, 7:30 p.m.
7. NEVADA UNION (3-2)
Next: Friday vs. No. 13 Rocklin, 7:30 p.m.
8. GRANITE BAY (2-3)
Friday: Def. Lincoln- Stockton 42-14
Next: Friday vs. Roseville, 7:30 p.m.
9. INDERKUM (4-1)
Friday: Def. Terra Nova-Pacifica 34-28
Next: Friday vs. Yuba City, 7 p.m.
10. PLEASANT GROVE (3-2)
Next: Friday at Sheldon, 7:15 p.m.
11. DEL CAMPO (3-2)
Next: Friday vs. Casa Roble, 7:15 p.m.
12. COSUMNES OAKS (4-1)
Friday: Def. Union Mine 55-7
Next: Friday vs. Galt, 7:15 p.m.
13. ROCKLIN (2-3)
Next: Friday at No. 7 Nevada Union, 7:30 p.m.
14. GRANT (2-3)
Next: Friday vs. No. 2 Franklin, 7:15 p.m.
15. JESUIT (4-1)
Friday: Def. Laguna Creek 43-7
Next: Oct. 6. vs. Ponderosa, 2 p.m.
16. RIO LINDA (4-1)
Friday: Def. Ponderosa 15-13
Next: Friday at Bella Vista, 7 p.m.
17. ANTELOPE (4-1)
Next: Friday vs. No. 19 El Camino, 7:30 p.m.
18. MONTEREY TRAIL (4-1)
Friday: Def. Pioneer 28-3
Next: Friday vs. Davis, 7:15 p.m.
19. EL CAMINO (4-1)
Next: Friday at No. 17 Antelope, 7:30 p.m.
20. CENTER (4-1)
Friday: Def. Vanden 28-24
Next: Friday vs. Lincoln, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY'S OTHER GAMES
Colfax 35, Mesa Verde 0
Del Oro 20, Logan-Union City 13
Dixon 22, Mira Loma 20
Elliot Christian 55, Delta 0
Florin 47, Johnson 27
Foothill 33, Natomas 27
Lincoln 43, Oakmont 36
McClatchy 46, Kennedy 6
River City 47, El Dorado 8
River Valley 64, Lindhurst 0
Rosemont 44, Valley 0
Vista del Lago 63, Liberty Ranch 21
Whitney 48, Rodriguez 0
Bradshaw Christian at Rio Vista
Golden Sierra at Vacaville Christian
Highlands at Encina
Valley Christian at Woodland Christian
Bear River at Scotts Valley, 2 p.m.
West Campus vs. Skyline-Oakland at Burbank, 7 p.m.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to correctly identify the field goal kicker in the Rio Linda game.