Friday, September 14, 2012

Inderkum Upsets Pleasant Grove On Pooch Kicks

Hard to believe you beat a team on a pair of pooch kicks, but that's what Inderkum used Friday night to upset the Pleasant Grove Eagles, 42-28. Pleasant Grove started the game with a long drive that died out at the Tigers' 28 on downs. After the teams exchanged punts, Inderkum scored first on Terence White's one-yard plunge.

Isaiah Saunders gains yardage against Inderkum
On the ensueing kick return, the Eagles' Ian Broom fumbled the ball at midfield. Eight plays later White scored again on a two-yard run to make it 14-0, Inderkum.

Tigers' coach Terry Starks then told kicker/quarterback C.J. Spencer to pooch the ball to the right and land around the Eagles' 35. White sprinted downfield and was the first man to the ball so Inderkum kept possession at the Pleasant Grove 30. Five plays later Eric Walters  scored on a five-yard run and it was 20-0, Tigers.

Starks called for the same thing again and this time it worked, again. Spencer's pooch kick was recovered by Mark Mathews at the Eagles' 27-yardline. N.J. Falo bulled through the pile on a one-yard plunge five plays later and it was 28-0, Inderkum with a little under seven minutes remaining in the first half.

Four straight Tiger offensive possessions, four touchdowns and Pleasant Grove didn't touch the ball for a little more than eight minutes.

The Tigers led 34-6 at halftime and then held the ball for eight  more minutes at the beginning of the fourth quarter to slow down an Eagle attempted comeback. Pleasant Grove got to within 34-21 heading into the final quarter, but could stop Inderkum's 15-play, 89-yard drive to open the final period.

Watch and listen to my post-game interview with Pleasant Grove head coach Joe Catollico.

With the loss, the Eagles drop to 2-2 while Inderkum remained undefeated at 3-0.

Other Week 3 scores:

Elk Grove 54, Sheldon 6
Burbank 28, Del Oro 23
Franklin 23, Cosumnes Oaks 3
Oak Ridge 42, Grant 14
Nevada Union 38, Chico 30
Pioneer 28, Valley 0
Laguna Creek 21, Rosemont 14
Monterey Trail 55, Florin 14
Ponderosa 45, Union Mine 7
Vista del Lago 63, Bradshaw Christian 35

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