Palm Springs can’t master tough task in CIF playoff game

There might be nothing tougher for a high school football team than to have just one week to prepare for an option offense that actually runs the option well. But that was the task for Palm Springs Friday night as they hosted Temescal Canyon.

In the end, Temescal Canyon executed its offense too well for Palm Springs to contain, and the Indians fell 21-3 to end what had been a successful season that included an 5-0 record in the Desert Valley League.

The option offense requires a solid quarterback with good running and decision-making skills, and Temescal Canyon had that Friday night in Sean Trimble. Not only did Trimble run for 85 yards himself with also throw a touchdown, he did a strong job of distributing the ball in the option.

The result for Palm Springs was trying to play catch-up most of the second half. The Indians threw the ball 43 times Friday night, something head coach Dan Murphy admits was not in the original game play. Palm Springs was able to pile up yards with a short passing game, but it never could put the ball in the end zone and made just one of two field goal attempt. The closest the Indians came to a score was when quarterback Riley Hagar had a pass intercepted in the end zone in the third quarter.

Palm Springs intercepted a pass deep in their own territory on the next drive, one of three turnovers the Titans had on the night. Option teams will turn the ball over, but Palm Springs never took advantage of the Temescal Canyon mistakes.

So the Indians are out of the Central Division playoffs after one game, and that will be disappointing to the players and fans for a day or two. After that, though, they have to think about the successes of the season, an 8-3 mark and a DVL championship in Murphy’s first season as head coach. It was a good season for a young team to build on next season.