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October 12, 2013The NorCalPreps.com staff was throughout the region on Friday night taking in wins by California, Deer Valley and Inderkum. See how the Grizzlies and Wolverines rode strong defenses while the Tigers won a crucial Tri-County Conference contest.
Foothill came into San Ramon looking to upset California's homecoming festivities. However, this was not the case. After giving up an opening touchdown on an 85 yard pass from Kyle Kearns to Jamirr Holland, California scored 24 unanswered points to beat No. 16 Foothill 24-7.
The Falcons came into this game with a perfect record of 6-0 and they leave it with questions to be answered. The Grizzles took control of the game, pounding the ball on the ground and grinding down the clock. Cal running backs Blake Bierwith and Simi Hingano carried the load for the Grizzles as they could not be taken down. Bierwith finished with 71 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in guiding his team to victory.
Foothill, who was coming off their impressive 38-3 win over Monte Vista, could not get anything working on offense after that first drive. Falcons running back Isaiah Langley, who has offers from Oregon State and Cal, was not effective tonight with nine carries for 63 yards.
Foothill did unveil a side of their offense that we have not seen before in the Wildcat with Langley. It was somewhat effective, but you just have to give Cal credit for how great its defense played.
With many saying that this game could decide who wins the East Bay Athletic League title, Cal now moves past Foothill. Not only does the win put Cal at a league record of 3-0, it gives them a game up on Foothill as they move into a three way battle for the EBAL crown, along with Foothill and San Ramon Valley. Foothill now has a bye week and will next play in two weeks against Granada. Cal will travel across town to play Monte Vista. Derek Lytle
Wolverines roll in league opener
How you end halves has a big impact on your success. No. 10 Deer Valley proved it on Friday with a late score in the first half to go up 20-7 en route to beating Freedom 35-7 in the Bay Valley Athletic League opener. The important score came on a 14 yard touchdown pass from Nsimba Webster to Mike Hamilton with 11.9 seconds left in the half. It was the last of five catches for Hamilton, who finished with 103 yards.
The Wolverines added a 29 yard touchdowns pass from Nsimba Webster to Nzuzi Webster and a three yard touchdown dive from Nsimba Webster to cap the 28 point win.
In the first half, the teams traded first quarter touchdowns with Freedom leading 7-6 after the first quarter. Deer Valley retook the lead for good on a four yard touchdown pass from Nsimba Webster to Robert Taylor midway through the second quarter.
"It was a tough week. The whole week we were preparing for Joe Mixon. We came out with a lot of intensity," Deer Valley linebacker Malik Hutchings said.
Nsimba Webster threw for 185 yards and three touchdowns with 146 yards on the ground with two scores. Deer Valley moves to 6-0 and will face Antioch next week. Freedom falls to 2-4 and will take on Heritage, which fell to Pittsburg 10-7 on Friday, on October 18. Douglas Benton
Inderkum wins TCC showdown
Yuba City entered the game 5-0 for the first time since 1998 and had outscored its opponents 197-55. Inderkum was 3-2 with losses to Division I Pleasant Grove and Rocklin. In Yuba City on Friday night, Inderkum won 27-18 in a matchup of the top two teams in the TCC.
The Tigers opened the scoring with a 12 play drive ending with a 13 yard pass from CJ Spencer to Khalil Hudson. The Honkers matched that with a 54 yard run from Omar Herrera to end the first quarter at 6-6. The Tigers took the lead with a 15 yard pass from Spencer to Marcus Gilbert. Inderkum followed with a 19 yard touchdown pass from Spencer to Hudson. Yuba City finished out the first half scoring with a 4 yard run from Herrera to make it 20-12 at the half.
A 4 yard TD run from Gilbert made it 27-12 entering the fourth quarter. Yuba City responded with a 10 yard touchdown pass from Isaac Lessard to Devin Pettengill, but couldn't get any closer. Spencer avoided late disaster when he was able to run down a snap on a punt attempt and get off a successful punt.
"Playing the teams we have played showed us where we needed to improve and this was our best game to date," Inderkum head coach Terry Stark said. He added on his senior quarterback, "He is a heck of a player. A real stud and made a huge play on the botched punt play.
Inderkum will be host Woodland next week as Yuba City travels to Pioneer (Woodland). Michael Benton