By Will James
For just the fourth time ever, and in their first meeting since 2011, two of the newer schools in the Sac-Joaquin Section are ready to square-off again in a provocative season’s opener live Friday at 7 p.m. on Access Sacramento. The visiting Inderkum Tigers of Natomas travel south to meet the Monterey Trail Mustangs of Elk Grove. That’s where Access Sacramento unveils its season-opening live telecast of the Home Town Sports Game-of-the-Week, the first of eleven consecutive Friday night, regular-season football games in Sacramento County.
The games can be seen on Comcast and SureWest cable Channel 17 and AT&T U-verse channel 99. The broadcasts are also live streamed on the web from www.accesssacramento.org. Push Watch TV 17.
Both schools were dedicated in 2005; Inderkum then playing in the Golden Empire League, and Monterey Trail in the Sierra Foothill League. Each of the varsity programs is driven by highly competitive and highly successful head coaches. Terry Stark guides the Tigers, while T.J. Ewing is at the helm for the Mustangs.
Stark’s and Ewing’s teams rapidly achieved impressive success, while developing a winning tradition. Today, they remain as two of the most highly regarded football programs in the SJS.
Stark’s Tigers hold a two-game-to-one lead in the short but still developing rivalry. In the first-ever meeting in 2005, Inderkum rolled to a decisive 41-8 victory at Monterey Trail. Ewing’s Mustangs avenged that loss in 2010 and tied the series with a 35-20 triumph at Inderkum. The following year the Tigers re-gained the lead in the series, coming from behind to prevail 17-6 in a rugged defensive game, setting the stage for another intense and exciting battle in the 4th clash between these two Top-15 teams.
The two run-heavy offenses are similar; using deception and misdirection to fuel their explosive, quick-hitting ground games. Inderkum features variations of the Wing-T Offense, and Monterey Trail counters with its Veer Offense. Look for the opposing quarterbacks to be center-stage in this brawl. Highly recruited C.J. Spencer is the driving force for the Tigers, while Donovan Robinson calls the shots for the Mustangs.
This game promises to he highly entertaining. Blinding speed and dynamic athletic talent will be in abundance on both sides. For this match-up, refrain from being distracted from the action on the field. You just may miss a scintillating 90-yard touchdown run.
Besides the live broadcast, Game of the Week is replayed on Saturday mornings at 11 a.m. and Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. Approximately one week after the broadcast, the games can be found on Comcast On Demand in the Free Local Sports section.