by Will James
For football fans who have a serious need for speed, Friday night would be an excellent time to treat yourself an exciting exhibition of speed when the Inderkum Tigers take-on the Sacramento Dragons on the Hometown Sports Game-of-the-Week.
Friday’s coverage begins at 7:00 pm and may be seen on Comcast Cable channel 17, Consolidated Communications channel 17, and AT&T U-Verse channel 14. The game will also be streamed live on Access Sacramento.org and on the NFHS Network. Announcers again this season are CIF Hall of Fame Coach Jim Dimino, former HS Basketball Coach Lauren Goodman and veteran play-by-play announcer Will James.
Inderkum and Sacramento share an impressive common attribute — blazing team speed. They have boasted some of the most explosive offenses, and fly-to-the-football defenses in the section.
Inderkum Head Coach,Terry Stark, in his 14th year at the Tigers’ helm, sped past the 100-win plateau in 2016, and brings a 115-23 mark into the game.
The backbone of this amazing success is Stark’s potent Wing-T offense that continues to flourish year after year with his backfield filled with a brigade of RBs who can go the distance on any play.
The Tigers enter play 2-0, with a pair of overwhelming victories to start the season. Inderkum spanked Elk Grove, 37-13, then demolished American Canyon, 69-0.
Junior QB J.J. Ray runs Inderkum’s Wing-T the throttle in a backfield that features speed merchants Ray Brown, Johnny Williams, and Aaron Espero. Ray has fired four TD passes in the two wins. TE Isaiah Ward and WR Javi Daniels lead the receiving corps.
The Tigers’ defense, anchored by DE Devon Williams and LB Logan Benoit, is tough on the run and puts heat on opposing QBs.
Sacramento has its hands full against this formidable challenge, but defense has been the Dragons’ strong suit thus far. Despite bringing an 0-2 record into the contest, Sac has allowed just 31 points in a pair of tough road losses, including last week’s heart-breaker; a 15-14 setback to Chico on a FG with just 23 seconds remaining.
Dragons’ Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator, Joe McCray, is the architect of Sac’s stunning 2016 upset of Folsom that snapped the Bulldogs’ remarkable 52-game winning streak against SJS teams.
The Dragons will need another stellar defensive effort Friday night against the Tigers. DE Kyron Smith, LBs Sherman Gay and Corey Jordan, and DB’s Deeon Stevenson and Mychal Williams will lead this effort.
Junior QB Quantrell Jackson, who is still adjusting to his new leadership role. He’ll rely heavily on RBs Javon Felton and Keysean Gooding, WR Mychal Williams, and WR/KR Deyvon Drayton to put a lot more points on the board.
A major buzz of energy should swirl through Hughes Stadium Friday night; with an impact the Dragons hope will translate into a major home field advantage. If the Dragons were to select a song that describes their mission, “Hold that Tiger” would fit nicely.