La Quinta High’s football team didn’t look too bad Thursday. As usual, the Blackhawks are starting off the year with a record (0-2) that is probably not indicative of their capability. The team always plays non-league teams that are tougher than any other desert team’s schedule, so an 0-2 start with two close loses to respectable teams in Los Osos and Arlington isn’t as bad as it may seem.
The Blackhawks could have won the game Thursday if it weren’t for the game-breaking 99-yard fumble return by Arlington after the Blackhawks had driven the ball 79 yards. It was also a breakout game for senior tailback Isaiah Verazas, who was starting his first game at the position.
He scored two touchdowns and ran for 210 yards. I would look for him to have a possible Desert Valley League MVP type season. Barring something drastic, I’d say he’s got the La Quinta offensive MVP wrapped up already.
Also Arlington, which plays its home games at Ramona High School in Riverside, is my early candidate for most-improved concession stand. In the last couple of years, Arlington games have been limited to soda, super-small hot dogs and generic nachos. This year, the fare includes snow cones, chili dogs, red hots, jalapenos, and candy. I went with a red hot with mustard and jalapenos, a snow cone and a soda. A solid combo.