By Will James

Hometown Sports Game of the Week

Three weeks into league play, Access Sacramento‘s television crew visits Tri-County Conference territory where the broad scope of geographical boundaries includes high schools located in Sacramento, Yolo, and Sutter Counties.      

Inderkum HS LogoThe action will unfold Friday evening (Oct. 7) at 7:00 p.m. in Natomas where the River City Raiders of West Sacramento visit the Inderkum Tigers for an important clash on the Hometown Sports Game of the Week that will further clarify the shape of the Tri-County Conference race.

This live telecast Fri. Oct. 7 at 7:00 p.m. may be seen on Comcast Cable channel 17, Consolidated Communications channel 17, and AT&T U-Verse channel 14.  The game will be replayed Sat., Oct. 8 at 11:00 am and Tuesday, October 11th at 7:00 pm on the same channels.  The game will also be streamed from AccessSacramento.org and the NFHS Network.

river-city-high-school-logoChris Baker‘s upstart Raiders are off to their best conference start, entering play with an overall record of 4-2, and share the top spot in the TCC standings beside Inderkum with a 2-0 mark.

In just its third season of TCC competition, 18th-ranked River City faces the daunting realization of meeting a near invincible opponent Friday evening, placing the Raiders in a definite underdog role.  This match-up also affords River City the opportunity to make a breakout statement against Inderkum.      

Terry Stark‘s 16th-ranked Tigers have dominated the TCC for nearly a decade, claiming eight conference crowns in nine seasons while recording a remarkable TCC record of 47-1 since 2007.  Moreover, since becoming head coach at Inderkum in 2005, Stark has amassed a career W-L record of 111-25, posting ten seasons with ten or more victories.  

Key injuries on offense have slowed the Raiders point production to just 23 points per game.  With starting QB Titus Jimenez out for the year with an ACL injury, River City relies on QB Dru Aguilar to run the show.  Top RB Isaiah Perea returns to the active list following a 3-game absence with an ankle injury and leads the rushing attack for the Raiders.  WRs Angelo Bruce and Imani Greene are the top receivers.

On defense, the Raiders have been solid, yielding a TCC low 12 points per game and accounting for two turnovers per game.  LBs Tyson Leaks and Mark Salmos are among the Raiders’ top tacklers. 

Inderkum continues to score abundantly, averaging 33 points per game.  QB Cotton Trajon calls signals for the Tigers, with RBs Deo Robinson and Lawrence Evans lead the running game.  WRs Loyal Brown and Isaiah Crocker are key targets.

Following blow-out losses to Elk Grove and American Canyon, and a narrow high-scoring victory over upset-minded Yuba City last week, Inderkum is yielding 27 points per game.  LB/TE Josh Falo is a force on both sides of the line, while LB Sateki Tupou and versatile Chris Roberts are key defenders for the Tigers.

 Though Inderkum appears to hold every tangible advantage entering this contest, the visiting Raiders are on a mission and will bring a set of intangible factors to the skirmish which may neutralize some of the Tigers advantage.  This match-up boils down to an intriguing David vs. Goliath scenario; a battle to behold on Game of the Week.