By Will James
Hometown Sports Game-of-the-Week
To say that the Whitney Wildcats’ wide-open spread offense favors the passing attack is a gross understatement. And to imply the Inderkum Tigers’ vaunted Wing-T favors the running game is equally understated.
These contrasting styles are the focus in this week’s opening-round D-2 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoff game Thursday in Natomas where the 8th-seeded Inderkum Tigers play host to the 9th-seeded Whitney Wildcats on Access Sacramento‘s Hometown Sports Game of the Week.
This recorded telecast may be seen Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:00 p.m. on Comcast Cable channel 17, Consolidated Communications channel 17, and AT&T U-Verse channel 14. The game will be replayed Sat., Nov. 12 at 11:00 a.m. and Tues. Nov. 15 at 7:00 p.m. on the same channels. The game can also be viewed at these times from AccessSacramento.org
Thursday’s game will be streamed live on the NFHS Network Thursday at 6:50 p.m.
Paul Doherty’s 13th-ranked Wildcats (6-4) average just 110 yards rushing, but more than compensate with 308 passing yards per game to fuel a scoring average of 32 points. Junior QB’s Preston Eklund and Jake Cruz have combined for 35 touchdown passes, but have collectively thrown 12 interceptions. Wide receivers Justin Kraft, Mark Clark, Willie Brocchini, and David Owens have accounted for 144 receptions and 29 touchdowns. Clark and Jason Sanchez lead the ground game, totaling 768 yards and 6 TD.
Despite a passing average of just 86 yards per game, Terry Stark’s 8th-ranked Tigers counter with a superlative rushing attack that averages 283 yards and a scoring average of 37.6. Deo Robinson, Leevi Lafaele, and Lawrence Evans highlight a deep corps of backs with a combined 1539 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Led by linebackers Sateki Tupou, Logan Benoit, and Ryan Gatoloai-Faupula, the Tigers’ speedy defense has accounted for 13 sacks, while DBs Trajon Cotton and Davion Ross have combined for 13 interceptions for a defense that allows just 20 points per game.
For those who appreciate dazzling pass plays and dynamic runs, this match-up is sure to classify as a dynamite attraction.