A great night for Palm Desert running back Trae Riek Friday was overshadowed by a sideline-clearing brawl between the Palm Desert and San Bernardino high school football teams.
Riek took over carrying the ball after the first quarter when Ivan Saldana was benched following some ball-handling issues. And he certainly took advantage of his opportunity, scoring three touchdowns, two of the them on drives where nobody else even touched the ball.
But the game at San Beranardino, a school that Palm Desert has played regularly for years, was less so.
The last time the Aztecs were there, the scoreboard didn’t work — at all. The score was 70-0 (or something like that) Palm Desert, but not a soul in the stands had a clue. Not to mention that San Bernardino is a perennial doormat that Palm Desert regularly crushes. Top that off with the school being in a particularly rough part of the IE and you have to wonder what the attraction has been all these years. (Oh yeah, and the food there is also very mediocre.)
I’m pretty sure though, that we’ve seen the last Palm Desert-San Berdo game for a while/ever, following Friday’s brawl that was pretty clearly instigated by San Bernardino players.
Palm Desert AD Darol Salazar said as much following the game.