No. 3 Inderkum held off No. 19 River Valley 25-20 Friday night in Natomas to remain unbeaten and continue its amazing run of dominance in the Tri-County Conference.
Dawson McPeak scored on a 3-yard run with 18 seconds remaining to bring the Falcons within five points, but the Tigers recovered the onside kick to move to 9-0 overall, 5-0 in league and extend its league winning streak to 32.
The victory also gave coach Terry Stark’s Tigers, winners of 58 of 59 games since joining the league, their sixth consecutive league title and 11th in 12 seasons.
Inderkum led 12-0 at the half on touchdown runs by Aaron Espero and D’Angelo Morgan, before River Valley (6-3, 2-3) closed to 12-6 on Niko Tejada’s 1-yard plunge with 5:25 to play in the third quarter.
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Inderkum went up 18-6 later in the quarter on a 7-yard touchdown run by Morgan, but River Valley closed to 18-14 on McPeak’s 10-yard run and his two-point conversion pass to Nick Barnes that ended the quarter.
Davion Ross’ 62-yard touchdown burst and a Noel Alvarez PAT put the Tigers ahead 25-14 with 8:51 remaining.
No. 2 Oak Ridge 32, No. 12 Del Oro 14 in El Dorado Hills – Marco Baldacchino threw 78- and 25-yard touchdown passes to Austin Jarrad and also ran for a 5-yard touchdown, and Parker Barry added three field goals as the Trojans (8-0, 4-0) topped the Golden Eagles (4-5, 1-4).
No. 4 Sacramento 49, Johnson 0 at Rosemont High School – Derek Shelton completed 12 of 18 passes for 265 yards and four touchdowns, hitting Juwan Tanner for two scores, as the Dragons rolled the Warriors (0-8, 0-5) in Metropolitan Conference play. Jamie Cousey rushed five times for 82 yards and two touchdowns for Sacramento, which is 7-1 on the field but had to forfeit three early blowout victories for unknowingly playing a seldom-used player who had not been cleared for eligibility by the Sac-Joaquin Section. Sacramento officially is 4-4 and 4-1 in league.
No. 5 Granite Bay 23, Nevada Union 0 in Grass Valley – Brennan Holt’s 35-yard field goal in the first quarter was all the Grizzlies (6-2, 2-2) would need, thanks to their powerful defense that stymied the Miners (2-7, 0-5) in the Sierra Foothill League.
No. 6 Jesuit 17, No. 9 Franklin 7 in Carmichael - Josh Farr and Hank Harvego each scored touchdowns and Andrew Tilton had a sealing field goal to keep the Marauders (6-2, 5-0) unbeaten in the Delta League.
No. 13 Christian Brothers 52, El Camino 12 at Hughes Stadium – Gunnor Faulk threw four touchdown passes – two to Spencer Webb – and also ran for a 10-yard touchdown; and Freddie Fiske ran for a 51-yard touchdown and caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Dettling to lead the Falcons (6-2, 3-0) over the Eagles (3-5, 0-3) in the Capital Athletic League. Faulk now has a school-record 29 touchdowns for the season.
No. 14 Lincoln 43, Center 20 in Lincoln – The combination of quarterback Tommy Turner and wide receiver James Sweet proved too much for the Cougars (4-4, 1-2) as the Fighting Zebras (7-1, 3-0) remained unbeaten in the Pioneer Valley League.
No. 15 Placer 53, Foothill 19 in Foothill Farms – Mario Perez rushed for three touchdowns and Michael Stuck threw two touchdown passes as the Hillmen (7-1, 3-0) rolled past the Mustangs (1-7, 0-3).
No. 17 Monterey Trail 48, No. 16 Elk Grove 7 at Monterey Trail – Led by a potent rushing attack, Zach Larrier, Aztlan Lopez and the Mustangs (5-3, 3-2) shocked the Thundering Herd (4-4, 3-2) in the Delta League.
Rio Linda 28, No. 18 Woodland 24 in Woodland – Christian Stice scored on a 1-yard run with 27 seconds to play to move the Wolves (5-3, 1-3) to within four points, but the Knights (5-3, 2-2) prevailed by recovering the onside kick. Eric Williams’ touchdown run late in the third quarter put Rio Linda ahead for good, 21-18, after Woodland had taken an 18-14 lead less than two minutes earlier on Stice’s 5-yard run.
El Dorado 27, No. 20 Cordova 26 in Placerville – Brandon Kirby rushed for a touchdown in the closing moments, and Kai Cordero won it with a two-point conversion run for the Cougars (6-2, 3-0) against the Lancers (5-3, 2-1) in the Sierra Valley Conference.
Vista del Lago 43, Rio Americano 21 in Folsom – Dominick Norris rushed for three touchdowns; Grant Patterson threw two touchdown passes and rushed for another; and Cade Bader booted a 39-yard field goal as the Eagles (5-3, 3-0) defeated the Raiders (5-3, 1-2) in the Capital Athletic League.
Cosumnes Oaks 49, Bella Vista 6 in Elk Grove – Jacob Trach rushed for touchdowns of 45 and 31 yards and caught a 57-yard touchdown pass from Larry Frierson to lead the Wolfpack (3-5, 3-2) over the Broncos (0-8, 0-5) in the Capital Valley Conference. Frierson also threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Jeremiah Moore.
Colfax 31, Bear River 14 in Lake of the Pines – Ryland Heimann threw four touchdown passes, three to Jake Green, and Mason Ahrens rushed for more than 200 yards in leading the Falcons (6-2, 1-2) over the Bruins (6-2, 1-2) in the Pioneer Valley League.
Whitney 56, Roseville 7 in Rocklin – Robert Jones threw touchdown passes to Mark Clark and Justin Kraft, and Sergio Sanchez rushed for two touchdowns, including a 70-yard burst, as the Wildcats (5-3, 4-1) thumped the Tigers (1-7, 1-4) in the Capital Valley Conference.
Pleasant Grove 57, Davis 56 (OT) at Sheldon – Sam Whiting rushed for the winning two-point conversion to lift the Eagles (3-5, 1-4) over the Blue Devils (0-8, 0-5) in the Delta League thriller. Davis scored on a 10-yard pass, then made the extra point to take a 55-49 lead in the first overtime possession. Davis’ Payne Barksdale rushed for a 14-yard touchdown, then ran for the two-point conversion to tie it 49-49 midway in the fourth quarter, but the Blue Devils missed a game-winning field-goal attempt with under two minutes to play.
Highlands 49, San Juan 12 in Citrus Heights – Gerald Davis passed for three touchdowns, two to Devin Cokley, as the Scots (6-2, 3-1) rolled the Spartans (1-7, 1-3). Davis also ran for a score and caught a touchdown pass, and he had two interceptions on defense.
Laguna Creek 35, Kennedy 18 in Greenhaven – Donovan Haynes booted four field goals to help the Cardinals (3-5, 3-2) defeat the Cougars (2-6, 2-3) in the Metro Conference. London Brown rushed for two touchdowns for Kennedy.