It’s Paws vs. Claws Tonight At NHS Stadium

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Tonight is the 7th annual neighborhood rivalry football game between Natomas High and Inderkum.

Inderkum leads these match ups with a 6-0 record and an average score of 49-7, but that won’t keep fans from coming out tonight to support players from both teams for this “freeway feud” game.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Natomas High School.

Under new head coach Jeff Remington, Natomas High is 0-9 overall and 0-4 in Tri-County Conference. (The Nighthawks have yet to win a football game since beating River Valley at home 42-7 on Oct. 22, 2009.)

Despite the short falls for his program so far this season, Remington remains confident his young team will gel over the next eight months. The former Sacramento State assistant coach has said he’s in it for the long haul, hoping to end the 21-game losing streak with coaching continuity.

“It’s good for the high school and the community,” Remington said. “Once we are in it as a coaching staff, we will get a better feel of the importance. For us, we want to finish strong. Whatever the outcome is, we want to put our best foot forward and do the right things for a football team.”

On the other side of the ball, Inderkum continues an impressive TCC run.

The Tigers (7-2, 3-1) are 72-13 since 2006 and have lost just two conference games (32-2) in that time span, including a heart-breaking 49-42 loss to Yuba City last month which ended a 27-game conference win streak.

Inderkum looks make it to the second round of the Sac Joaquin section playoffs. The Tigers are ranked No. 7 in the playoff prediction for D III. Official brackets are schesuled to be announced Sunday afternoon.

Inderkum athletic director Matt Hinton said the future looks bright for Natomas High.

“While we have had the upper hand since we started playing, NHS still has some great athletes,” Hinton said. “Their coach is doing a good job in re-creating a culture for football. Winning aside, I still see improvement in their team. (It) should be a fun game. I am hoping the community comes out to watch.”

Remington agreed.

“There is no reason why Natomas can’t be successful,” he said. “It’s good for the community if both schools are competitive.”

Girl’s Tennis: Inderkum lost to Mira Loma 7-2 in the first round of the division II section playoffs at Mira Loma on Monday. The Tigers went in seeded No. 3. Natomas, getting a first round bye, fell to Central Catholic 6-3 in the second round of the division II bracket at Del Rio Country Club on Tuesday. Inderkum No. 1 singles Eirene Granville advances to the third round today in the Division II Sac Joaquin Section individual playoffs today at Johnson Ranch and Racquet Club in Roseville after straight set wins in both of the first rounds on Thursday.

Trevor Horn covers prep sports for THE NATOMAS BUZZ. Send story ideas and questions to him at [email protected] and him on Twitter @trevhorn.

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