The power rankings shuffled a bit since Cathedral City and Shadow Hills each won their first game Friday, but only one team moved up. Here’s the latest installment:
1. Palm Springs (3-0, last week No. 1): The Indians’ defense ruled once again in a 24-7 victory over Silverado. After opening with three victories at home, Palm Springs goes on the road for four games. How will the team react?
2. La Quinta (0-3, 2): Leading 15-13 at halftime against Rialto, the Blackhawks fell apart in the second half, especially on defense, as Rialto won 43-22. La Quinta is hosting Mission Viejo, one of the top programs in Southern California, on Friday.
3. Palm Desert (0-2, 3): After getting shut out by Palm Springs in their opener, the Aztecs played better offensively in a 42-14 loss to Damien. They will face another foe from the higher-rated Inland Division as they travel to Redlands on Friday.
4. Cathedral City (1-1, 4): The Lions broke through with a 31-27 comeback victory over Vista del Lago, but they remain at No. 4 in the rankings. Although La Quinta and Palm Desert are both winless, they have faced tougher competition, such as Rialto and Damien, than the Lions. Vista del Lago was 1-9 last year.
5. Desert Hot Springs (2-1, 5): The Golden Eagles bounced back from their loss to Big Bear with a 44-7 victory over Xavier Prep. After flopping at Big Bear, they are hoping to show up on the road Friday against Rubidoux, the top-ranked team in the East Valley Division.
6. Shadow Hills (1-1, 8): The Knights move up two spots, leapfrogging Indio and Coachella Valley, thanks to their 36-7 victory over Palo Verde. They will face a tough road test against Ramona on Friday.
7. Indio (0-3, 6): The Rajahs struggled in a 28-7 loss to Hemet at home, committing three turnovers and 12 penalties. They will look to bounce back when they host San Jacinto on Friday.
8. Coachella Valley (0-2, 7): The Arabs played better defensively in a 28-7 loss to Central, but their offense struggled again. They are aiming to take back the Date Bowl on Friday when they host Desert Mirage.
9. Desert Mirage (0-3, 9): The Rams’ offense is still a work in progress as Calexico beat them 13-7 on Friday. In the desert’s newest rivalry, Desert Mirage hopes to keep the Date Bowl in its fifth meeting with Coachella Valley.
10. Xavier Prep (0-3, 10): Little by little, the Saints are getting healthy. Sophomore wide receiver Daniel Stabile flashed some promised in a 44-7 loss to Desert Hot Springs last week. The Saints travel to Riverside to face Notre Dame on Friday.
1. Desert Christian Academy (2-0, last week No. 1): The Conquerors pulled away in the second half to beat Nuview Bridge 41-18. They are ranked No. 2 in Division I.
2. Desert Chapel (2-0, 2): The Eagles routed Calvary Baptist 56-8 to continue their impressive start. They are ranked second in Division II.
3. Marywood-Palm Valley (1-1, 3): Despite having only 10 healthy players, the Firebirds almost beat Animo Jackie Robinson. They lost 22-18. They remain 10th in Division II.