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Three Burbank defenders can't stop Deandre Whittington-Grays from reaching the end zone in Grant's 28-14 win Friday. Whittington-Grays rushed for 131 yards and two scores.

High school football notes: Inderkum gears up for battle with Pleasant Grove

Published: Sunday, Sep. 15, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2C
Last Modified: Sunday, Sep. 15, 2013 - 12:39 pm

The Inderkum Tigers' football résumé reveals seven successive 10-win seasons, five Tri-County Conference titles and a 13-1 showing in 2009. But no Sac-Joaquin Section banners to celebrate.

In an effort to enhance his team's playoff success, coach Terry Stark continues to seek challenging nonleague contest, including next Friday, when his surging No. 9 Tigers face No. 3 Pleasant Grove. A year ago, Inderkum jumped on Pleasant Grove early and hung on late for a 42-28 statement victory.

Inderkum beat Casa Roble 49-32 on Friday to move to 3-0, relying on its wing-T and spread-option attack featuring quarterback C.J. Spencer and three speedy backs. Tyler Dean rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns, Terrance White went for 123 and a score, and Marcus Gilbert had 78 and two touchdowns. Spencer, a rising recruit, accounted for two touchdowns, and the Tigers outscored the Rams 14-0 in the fourth quarter in outlasting quarterback Peyton Wilfley. The senior passed for 234 yards, ran for 104 and accounted for four touchdowns.

Lealao commits – Capital Christian lineman Nifael Lealao gave a verbal commitment to Stanford on Friday. The 6-foot-6, 295-pound senior expressed relief and pride with his decision, picking the Cardinal over Cal, UCLA, Ole Miss and Utah.

"I'm very honored, very proud," said Lealao, an honors student who also sings at school events, banquets and church, and often sings the national anthem.

Power Pacers – No. 5 Grant didn't avoid any of the stout defenders for No. 7 Burbank. Rather, the Pacers matched muscle and might against the same, rushing 32 times for 303 yards in wearing down the Titans for a 28-14 victory in Del Paso Heights on Friday.

Eight Pacers carried the ball, including four primary backs, headed by Deandre Whittington-Grays (131 yards, two touchdowns), Zay Cato (79 yards), TieNeal Martin (52 yards) and Mike Green (42 yards). The offensive line consists of Darrin Paulo, Shawn Matautia, Errick Dennis, Charles Bell and Soape Tupou and tight end Moses Moala, whose oldest brother, Vei, is a starting defensive tackle for Cal and whose kid brother, David, recovered a fumble for a score against Burbank.

Moses Moala also plays defensive end on a line that includes Aleki Paea and Ben Upega.

Miners melt down – Pleasant Grove raced past Nevada Union 62-7 in Grass Valley on Friday in what is believed to be the worst Miners defeat in at least 35 years. It was 55-0 after three quarters as the Eagles rushed for 394 yards behind 10 runners who averaged 12.3 yards a carry, headed by Demaree Morris (146 yards, three touchdowns).

NU has been outscored 142-29 in three blowout losses, including 46-6 to Grant last week. It won't get any easier in a Sierra Foothill League that includes No. 6 Granite Bay, No. 8 Del Oro and No. 11 Roseville.

First-year coach Dennis Houlihan, a Miners star back in the late 1980s, had the difficult task of replacing NU coaching great Dave Humphers, who won 12 league titles and four Sac-Joaquin Section championships in 22 seasons.

"We need to do the simple stuff," Houlihan told the Grass Valley Union. "We need to tackle. We need to block. We need to execute."

Injuries mount – Add Josh Pfeffer to the list of starters from ranked teams suddenly reduced to walking with crutches.

The Vista del Lago senior running back was lost for the season last week with a torn knee ligament. A superb student, Pfeffer hopes to defy long odds with a return to baseball next spring. In his place Friday, Austin McGuire rushed for 128 yards and three second-quarter touchdowns in a 49-21 win over Laguna Creek, a contest in which Matt Jimison tossed four touchdown passes, two to Brad Rittenhouse.

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